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Inventing the Garage Door Opener

Really Old Garage Door OpenerIn 1926, C.G. Johnson invented the first electric overhead garage door opener in Hartford City, Indiana.  At that time, electric garage door openers did not become popular until ERA Meter Company of Chicago offered one after World War II (1939-1945).  The opener could be opened via a key being inserted into a post located at the end of the driveway, or with the flip of a switch from the inside of the garage.

Since 1977, Plano Overhead Garage Door has been installing quality garage door openers, as well as garage doors.  Today’s modern garage door openers provide many different options to choose from to meet the needs of our customers.   Some of the best features of modern garage door openers include built-in WiFi, battery backup, laser park assist, wireless remotes, safety reversing sensors, motion sensors, and so much more!

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Hard to believe that, in under 50 years, we have gone from opening our garage doors using a key on a post, to being able to operate and monitor the history of your garage door opening from anywhere in the world.

 

Submitted by Nick J. McGregor, CEO of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Liftmaster 8550W- The Best Opener on the Market!

Liftmaster 8550W

My “Want List” for a Garage Door Opener…

With the features I want, it’s almost like buying a car! Here’s why –

I want a unit I can depend on (current unit chooses it’s own hours of operation!).

I want a unit that is quiet and smooth.

I want a unit where the manufacturer stands behind their product with a Lifetime Warranty on the motor and belt and at least 5 years on the parts.

I want bells and whistles!! (Safety features, Timer, Motion Detector, a back-up battery, etc)

Last, but not least, I want it to have Wi-Fi so I can control it from my phone wherever I am.

And that’s why I’m getting a LiftMaster 8550W Garage Door Opener.  It’s all this and more!!

 

Click Here to Learn More About the Revolutionary Liftmaster 8550W

 

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Big News about Home Automation!

Liftmaster has just changed the home automation landscape.   Liftmaster made headlines when they partnered with Nest a while back- allowing homeowners to enjoy Liftmaster products with Nest products all within the same application.  However, a critical piece of the equation was missing: Security Cameras!  That’s right, homeowners can now control Nest home security cameras from the Liftmaster MyQ app!

 

Liftmaster Nest Camera


Why Do You Need It?

Imagine being on vacation, tapping on the MyQ app, and being able to check to see how long the garage door has been closed or let someone in while you are gone, being able to adjust your thermostat on your way home so it’s ready when you get back, turning lights on or off to make it look like someone is home, and checking your home security cameras in real time.  Total control of your home with one login and one app.

 

My Q Screenshots Liftmaster


Does MY Garage Door Work with this app?  What are my Options?

  1. You can buy a new garage door opener with MyQ capabilities
  2. Activate and assign an account to your existing MyQ compatible garage door opener
  3. You can install an 821LM Universal MyQ kit on your existing garage door821LM Universal Smartphone Garage Door Controller

Where Can I Get What I Need?

Give us a call today to learn more about our garage door openers with built in WiFi and MyQ compatibility!  We supply all the parts needed to add your garage door opener to your home automation.  Accessories like the ones below can be bought from our showroom on Highway 75 in Plano!  It is worth noting that we do not sell Nest products, but they are readily available online and locally.

MyQ Accessories

(Left to Right: Garage Door Monitor, Remote Light Switch, Universal Wall Console, Internet Gateway, In-House Light Control, Universal Smart Controller, Universal Smart Controller Sensor)

Call today to get started 972-422-1695


 

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

How to Disengage Garage Door Openers for Manual Operation

Emergency Release Cord

There are circumstances where you have to dis-engage your garage door opener from your door. The most common is when your opener is either without power or it’s failing to perform its’ normal operations.*

VERY IMPORTANT: The door MUST be closed to do this. If you cannot close the door, DO NOT attempt. The garage door could drop hard and fast, and either hurt someone or damage the garage door or structure of your garage.

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First, locate the “release cord” that is hanging off the opener rail close to your door. This is usually a red cord with a pull handle (somewhat like a lawn mower). Pull cord down and back (towards motor) with a small amount of force. You will feel it disengage, as well as, visually see the small spring on the lever open up. You can now open and close your door manually. If you cannot lift the door once the door is dis-engaged from the opener, stop immediately and call a professional- you likely have a broken spring.

To re-engage opener, push the wall console button to start the motor, and allow it to travel until you can see mechanism on the bottom of the rail (known as the “Inner Trolley”). Now locate the piece that slides along the bottom of the opener rail as the opener chain, belt, or screw is turning. This is the part that needs to be re-engaged to the carriage, trolley, or other mechanism that attaches the black elbow looking tow arm to the opener rail to raise the garage door. On some models, the door should reconnect automatically when motor stops its cycle. You will hear it “click” in place- this is usually for a belt-driven opener. For most other garage door openers, you will have to either pull down on the red emergency release cord, or down and towards the lights on the motor unit until you hear a click- or see a tab flip towards the motor lights on the opener unit on the ceiling. Then, you can either manually raise or lower the garage door until the outer trolley meets the inner trolley, or you can press the wall button and allow the opener to re-engage itself. Note that doing it manually is much safer, is less likely to cause damage, and is more likely to solve the issue. Please note that there are limit and force settings that may need to be re-adjusted before normal operation can continue.

If you cannot get the trolley and/or carriage to engage, or if your opener isn’t working properly, allow one of our professional technicians to come out and take care of your door or opener repairs or needs. As a fully staffed, family owned business since 1977, our company technicians use stocked trucks, we offer same-day service and provide FREE estimates. We have A+ ratings with Angie’s List AND Better Business Bureau (the only company in Plano with this recognition and rating).

*The directions mentioned are in laymen terms for most LiftMaster brand openers. For more specific instructions please refer to the opener manual. For other brands than LiftMaster (ie: Genie, Overhead, etc.), please contact the manufacturer of your opener for more specific instructions.

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

888 LM Smart Wall Control Panel in Plano, TX

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What is the 888LM?

The 888LM Smart Wall Control Panel is a device that we install to older openers that aren’t able to connect with the new MyQ technology without having to replace your opener. The MyQ technology allows you to use your smart phone to operate your opener with just a click of a button. The 888LM control panel is capable with security+ garage door openers manufactured between 1998 to the present.

Compatible Accessories

The security+ 2.0 accessories are:

  1. Model 891LM 1-Button remote control
  2. Model 893LM 3-Button remote control
  3. Model 890MAX 3-Button mini MAX remote control
  4. Model 893MAX 3-Button MAX remote control
  5. Model 895MAX 3-Button Premium MAX remote control
  6. Model 877LM Wireless Keyless Entry
  7. Model 877LM MAX Keyless Entry

MyQ Accessories

  1. Model 823LM Remote Light Switch
  2. Model 825LM Remote Light Control
  3. Model 828LM Liftmaster Internet Gateway
  4. Model 829LM Garage Door Gate Monitor

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How hard is it to set up?

There are only 7 steps to install the 888LM

  1. First you need to turn off all power to the garage door opener
  2. You have to remove the existing wall control from the wall
  3. Then you need to label the wires on the existing door control-label the wire connected to the RED terminal-label the wire connected to the WHITE terminal. Disconnect the wires from existing door control.
  4. Next you need to connect the wires to the new MyQ control panel. When doing this make sure that the polarity is correct, matching Red wire to the R terminal and White wire to the W terminal.
  5. Then mount the MyQ Control Panel to the wall
  6. Now reconnect the power. There is a yellow command LED and a red learn LED that will blink quickly for up to 5 minutes as the control panel is recharging. Once the yellow command LED is glowing steady that means that the control panel is operational.
  7. In order to test the control panel, push the push bar to activate the garage door opener. And that’s it you are ready to start programming all your devices to the wall console.

Ready to Go!!

Now that you have installed your 888LM MyQ Control Panel, You are able to program all of your remotes, keypads, and MyQ enabled accessories. We do sell these control panels at our store located in Plano.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself we can always send someone out to help you figure out how it all works. Feel free to give us a call at (972) 422-1695!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

 

 

Plano Overhead Garage Door

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Plano, Texas 75074

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