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How to Check Your Garage Door and Opener for Wear

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Texas

Smokings Garage Door Opener

One of the biggest headaches you can experience is when your garage door or opener stops working! You get sound, but no action. You need out of your garage. You’re late. You roll your eyes, throw up your arms. What went wrong?

Let us help you be a little proactive and be ahead of the problem.  We recommend giving your garage door opener and garage door a check over every 5-6 months.  Doing this can prevent routine problems, and postpone major repairs.

Preventative Maintenance

What do you look for? Here are a few recommendations:

  • Clean and lubricate your opener where needed, especially on chain drive openers. Be careful to not over-lubricate.
  • Open the cover of the motor and check the gear inside for wear and tear. If you notice the “teeth” are worn, it’s time to replace it.  Being plastic, the gear is usually the first thing to break in your unit. (This is where you get the sound, but no action.)
  • Check the force and limit settings on the opener and adjust where and if needed (if you know what you’re doing)
  • On your door, check hardware and tighten where needed.
  • Check the rollers and tracks for wear and tear. Is it time to replace any?
  • Look for signs of corrosion, rust, or general wear and tear
  • Listen for unusual sounds- Does something sound like it’s struggling?

If you’re hesitant on performing any routine maintenance please contact us to schedule an appointment for one of our professionals to service your opener/door.  We offer same-day appointments; our full service tune-ups for both your opener and garage door come with a full one-year labor warranty!   972-422-1695

 

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

How Does Texas Weather Affect Garage Doors?

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Texas Garage Doors and Openers

 

Texas Weather

Native Texan’s understand our weather completely; however, those of you who “got here as soon as you could” may require a little help.  Our weather changes, as we like to say, every 5 minutes!  Just from this year alone, we’ve had one of the most wet winter/spring seasons ever. One week it was wet, the next week it was dry…and HOT!


 

 

Snow on Flowers

We’ve even had snow on top of our blooming flowers this year!  As a result, there have been more than normal amounts of broken springs, doors coming off the tracks, doors making loud noises as they open and the list goes on.


 

 

Texas Sun

Dry weather and direct sunlight put an extreme amount of stress on anything that comes in contact with it.  Without maintenance, anything that is exposed to the sun can end up looking a lot like the house above.


 

 

old rollers

Snow, heat, cold, rain; they all affect your home, but the bottom line….rust is the main enemy!  Without proper care and maintenance, parts become rusted and brittle. Things get out of alignment, and continue to get worse over time until a major problem occurs.  Springs break, roller wheels and bearings freeze up and cable lines snap.


 

 

Dry Soil

Another culprit is the foundation – or the soil underneath it.  It’s never happy: either wet clay or dry, cracked clay. The result? Foundation shifts.  This can possibly shift your garage and driveway easily, causing doors to come off track or tilt and hang uneven.  During wet weather expansion occurs and the opposite occurs in dry weather.

 


Preventative Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance is the solution. Giving your garage door (and opener) a “physical” can extend the life and operation.

Plano Overhead Garage Door offers a Full Service/Tune up on both garage doors and garage door openers. This service includes checking the rollers, ensure all hinges and brackets are tight, overall lubrication, adjusting any settings, balancing the door, adjust springs tension and providing you with an honest overall evaluation.


 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Preventative Winter Garage Door Maintenance

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in About Our Different Garage Door Services in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX

Winter Frozen Thermometer

As we enter the winter months, we’re starting to see our usual winter season problems.  Garage door openers, hinges, rollers, and more are seizing up.  The colder it gets, the tougher it is for the moving parts of your garage door and opener to stay functional.  We see this particularly in screw-driven openers, and older model garage doors.  Keeping the garage door lubricated properly can prevent the moving parts from locking up at the most inopportune times.  It’s fairly similar to why our knees ache in the wintertime.  A professional garage door technician can lubricate and adjust every aspect of the garage door system in order to help prevent this problem from arising.  

Have your garage door and opener serviced by professionals at least once per year.  The International Door Association recommends that you have service done twice per year as the temperature changes.  Preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run.  Try to think of your garage door in the same way you might think of your automobile.  Would you go 5 or 10 years without an oil change?  Unfortunately most homeowners go for 4 or more years without having their garage door and opener serviced.  Consider the fact that scheduling maintenance ahead of time can keep those bolts secure, prevent rusting, and can point out problems that might continue to worsen over time so that you can keep an eye on them.

As part of the recommendation to have service done twice a year, the service you have done just before winter can be the most important.  Rigidity caused by lower temperatures makes everything act up, and nobody wants to be sitting in their garage when it’s cold outside trying to figure out why their garage door got stuck half way open.  Do yourself a favor and lubricate all the moving parts of your garage door with proper lubricants.  But be careful, applying the wrong lubricant, or applying the wrong amount can do more harm than good.  Refer to the professionals if you’re not sure what to use, how to use it, or where to apply it.

By Nick McGregor

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  • September 23, 2016:

    "We've used Plano Overhead many times since the late 1990's and have been pleased every time!"


    -Sally R.    Plano, TX
  • September 7, 1987:

    "Prompt, courteous, and took care of the job in a very professional manner.  The enthusiasm to do the job right was refreshing to say the least."

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    "The customer service of this company is great.  They go the extra mile to make things right.  Use this company.  They fix your problems correctly and have quick service too."

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    "Plano Overhead quickly diagnosed my problem, made the necessary repairs, and adjusted the door for proper operation.  All I can say is, again, thanks for the excellent service and very professional service personnel.  The cost was very reasonable as well!"

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    "Great service! I couldn't be happier!  I'm just amazed that in today's hurry up, make a quick dollar and get out world, this kind of expert service and friendly attitude still exists.  I don't mind paying for this kind of service and attitude.  I'll never call anyone other than Plano Overhead!"

    -Steve S.   Wylie, TX
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    "My garage door spring broke this morning.  I had used Plano Overhead before and was really impressed with their customer service and the professionalism of their technicians.  They stand behind their work and their products.  I have always recommended them to people I know and will continue to do so!"

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    "The entire process was fantastic.  I walked into their showroom, and a representative was more than ready to help!"

    -Tony B.    Plano, TX
  • February 23, 2017:

    "Technician arrived on time on very short notice.  He worked efficiently and completed work in about one hour.  He even took time to answer questions and go over the work!"

    -Viadhe T.    Carrolton, TX
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    "Everyone from the technicians to the receptionists are always so pleasant to deal with.  You will not be disappointed with this company!"

    -Betsy Y.    Allen, TX
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    "Service was great, very professional and helpful!"

    -Steve J.    Frisco, TX
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    "I appreciate the fast service.  It's great to find a company I can rely on.  I'll recommend you every chance I get!"

    Stephany R.   Richardson, TX
  • January 5, 2012:

    "It is great to find a local company that you can depend upon.  I will definitely recommend your company to others who may have problems with their garage door."

    -Christina L.     Allen, TX
  • October 31, 2014:

    "About as good an experience as you can get, the installer was professional about his business, showed up on time, and completed the job in the time estimated."

    -Mark M.     Frisco, TX
  • August 19, 2014:

    "Plano Overhead Garage Door runs their business the way consumers wish all businesses were run.  They are simply a premier service provider."

    -Arlene M.    Plano, TX
  • January 6, 2017:

    "Scheduling was very responsive both via email and over the phone.  They were very professional and timely during the install, and even programmed my vehicles to the garage door opener before leaving.  I will continue to hire Plano Overhead Door in result of my experience today and will highly recommend them to my neighbors!"

    -Jon M.    Plano, TX
  • June 17, 2014:

    "Punctual, knowledgeable, and fast."

    -Dawn H.    Richardson, TX
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