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Why My Garage Door Works Very Slowly

The good news is that we can usually fix this with a minimum of fuss. Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of a technician removing goop and debris from the hinges and applying a little bit of lubricating oil.
At other times, the problem is that the speed setting on the opener needs to be adjusted.

Didn’t know garage doors openers have a speed sensor? Well they do, and frequently, as the garage door opener gets older, it stops working so efficiently One item of interest is that most manufacturer’s of garage door openers, by default, set their garage door openers to medium or even a low setting. ( It probably says so, buried within the instruction book you lost years ago after installing it, which you probably didn’t read.)

How Slow Is Too Slow?

Unlike commercial garage doors openers which, for security reasons are often designed more quickly, but may cost 10-15 times as much, home garage doors are designed to go at a reasonable speed.  We suggest timing it by hitting the close switch on your transponder, and then looking at the second had of your watch.

If it takes between 12 and 15 seconds, then you are in good shape. However, if it takes longer, it’s best to call a pro such as Star Solutions Garage Door. What will the technician do? Not only will the technician set your opener to a higher speed, but also will carefully inspect the springs, hinges and tracks to be sure there are no problems, and then carefully lubricate them.

What Is The Technician Adjusts The Speed And It’s Still Slow?

If, after inspecting the unit, inspecting the tracks, springs, and hinges for defects, and lubricating them, it’s still incredibly slow, you may need a replacement system. But frequently, its simply a matter of ensuring everything is in order with the tracks, the system is lubricated, and the garage door repair is on a higher setting.

Call The Pros

Call the pro technicians at Star Solutions Garage Door. A service call is very reasonable, and its worth your knowing whether a pro can fix it or it’s time for a new system.

The Most Common Garage Door Problems

There are many problems a homeowner can experience with their garage door opener. Some are simple fixes. other require a pro. Here are the most common:

The Photo Eye Is Blocked, Misaligned, or Dirty

Garage doors openers work in conjunction with two photo eyes on opposite sides of the garage. These photo eyes connect with each other, usually by infrared light, and while they do nothing to stop a garage door from opening, they are important safety measures when the garage door closes. If the beam of infrared light in interrupted, then, by design, the garage door won’t close.

So why won’t your garage door close? it may be as simple as a box or a bicycle is blocking the path of the infrared connection. It could be that a photosensor has actually gone bad or is flickering, it could be because of George, your St.Bernard who got grease on his tail and use the photosensor to wipe the grease off of, or it could be that your teenage driver actually hit and therefore misaligned the sensor while parking in the garage. Regardless, until the photo-eye system is working properly, your out of business.

No Power To The System

A not infrequent problem is that the garage door opener will not work because there is no power to the system. Prior to calling an electrician, you might test the other electric connections in the garage,l and you can also plug in a drill or another piece of electric equipment to see if it’s simply the outlet, in which case you can temporarily get by plugging your garage door opener into that outlet, but anything more than a fuse or unplugged unit, call an electrician.

Dead or Expired Batteries or a Damaged Remote

If you push your remote transmitter and nothing happens, the next step is to go to your transmission receiver within your garage and push the manual button on your receiver. If the garage door opens, then the problem is within your remote, not the system as a whole. Chances are your batteries are dead or dying, and they are not making a good connection with the receiver. If the receiver itself will not even open the garage door manually, they you need to call in a professional.

Broken Torsion or Extension Springs

If your garage door won’t open but you hear the motor running on the garage door opener, there is a good chance that one or more torsion spring or extension springs broken. By no means should you try to fix it yourself as broken springs can cause serious injury. Get a professional technician as soon as possible to fix the problem.

Garage Door Cables Snapped

If there is one thing that is more dangerous than broken springs, it is snapped cables. In fact, if you know you have a broken spring, avoid using your garage door altogether until the technician arrives. The reason is the only thing holding the door in place is the cables, which actually move the door up and down.

If a cable becomes snapped, the full weight of your garage door will come crashing down and causing tremendous damage. And hopefully, there are no valuables, pets, or children around.  Again, whether you have a broken spring or a cable about to snap, call a professional door technician.

Maladjusted Garage Doors Settings

If you have a garage doors openers that is stuck closed, you may have a problem with the settings on your system. This is most common not long after a homeowner installs a new garage door. The problem is the factory settings don’t fit your particular garage door.  If the settings are off, the system may assume your door is lighter than it actually is, or that it exceeds the built-in load weight fro the garage door opener, and literally will not respond to the prompts to open the garage. Usually, maladjusted settings require a service call.

Blocked Signal

Dead batteries are not the only reason your system stops working. While it’s possible you are just too far out if you have replaced your batteries and it still doesn’t work, Try it from a slightly different angle. Did it open? It’s very likely you may have tree branches that have overgrown over your garage and are blocking the signal.
Inspect the antenna to see there are no traces of dirt or smudges on it or visible damage. But if all that fails, you will likely need a service call.

Garage Door Off Track

Together with the springs and cables, the door track and rollers are what causes the system to really move that heavy garage door. If the tracks become bent there will often be either a slowing in the progress of the door as it moves or maybe even a loud squeak. The misalignment of door tracks can cause the entire system to groan and strain, and it doesn’t get better over time. Pick up that phone and call a technician.

Your Door Reverses

Does your garage door close, or almost close and then reverse itself? This may be a simple matter of rugs, gum, paper or debris. You generally don’t need a service call unless you can’t find the obstruction. Garage doors openers.

Garage Doors Openers Has Been Disconnected

Sometimes it’s not the photo-eye, the remote, the receiver, or the antenna. Garage doors openers believe it or not, more often then you’d think, the motor becomes unplugged. Your opener system has a motor switch, which works in the event of a power outage. However, sometimes the chord get disconnected to the motor switch and the motor becomes disabled. If this is the case, plug it back in, and see if the system starts.

Garage Door Openers Stripped Gear

Garage doors openers last a long time, but not forever. And sooner or later, chances are, you will strip a gear and your opener will stop working.  Signs of a stripped gear are a heavy humming sound, but nothing else is happening. And do yourself a favor, this time call a professional to do the job for you. Not only will they do it right, but it will be much less strain on yourself.

Your Garage Door Is In Lock Mode

Many garage doors openers have a feature which allows a person to help protect against thieves, and in particular thieves with remote devices similar to yours. Instead, you need to hold down the remote button for several seconds. If you return from your vacation, and your door won’t unlock, try this out.

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How To Replace a Lost Garage Door Remote

It happens more often than you think. Your garage door remote opener works perfectly fine, but for some reason or other (perhaps at the carwash, perhaps because your kids were playing in the car, you need to replace your garage door opener because your old one is lost. Or maybe it’s not lost, but for some reason, it became broken. Whatever the case, don’t panic. For less than $40 bucks (and sometimes a lot less) you can replace your garage door remote, program it, and be back in time to watch the first quarter of the big game.

Universal or Brand Specific

The first thing to do is look on the side of your garage door remote opener for a name and model number. Then simply google it on the internet to find out if you can buy a replacement from the manufacturer. The bad news is that it may take a week or more to obtain a remote from the manufacturer, while Walmart and practically any auto parts store will sell you a universal garage door remote within 10 minutes.

To avoid thieves “hacking your garage, filled with valuables such as cars, bicycles and tools, consider investing money on a remote that offers you the capability of punching a pin in order to open the garage. These “pin remotes” are pretty well hackproof. They cost a bit more but are certainly worth the money for the extra security they provide.  When it comes to garage door remote openers, technology can be a great friend.  You can usually program a universal garage door remote within half and hour or less, but of course, if you buy a system from Star Solutions garage door Warminster, naturally we’ll program it for you.

Smartphones and Garage Door Openers

This may come as some surprise to those stalwarts using 1990 garage door technology, but today it’s possible to get a garage door opener that synchs with your cellphone, to not only let people into your garage at your leisure but to be informed of if thieves entering and leaving your garage.

The best thing? You can get a wireless garage door remote opener that syncs with your smartphone for typically less than $75 if you install it yourself, or you can have Star Solutions garage door willow grove install one for you. If you have housekeepers, older children who only occasionally drop bye, receive packages or vacation a lot, the security of controlling access to your house through your smartphone is absolutely invaluable.

Wireless smart-phone controlled door are not only for homeowners either. If you own a business and have frequent truck deliveries, Star Solutions can hook you up with a wireless system and you can open and shut your warehouse door for the driver through your
cellphone.

When a Garage Door Won’t Shut

Something that Star Solutions garage door repair sees with common frequency is a garage door that opens up and works properly but on the other hand, fails to close. Maybe it stops at the half-way point, or maybe the gap is only 6 inches to the floor. Regardless, you know that burglars can easily break-in by jamming the door open further with a crowbar.  Chances are, you will need a call for garage door repair from a company such as Star Solutions, but there are things you can do.

First, assess for damage. If someone has already attempted to break into your garage or warehouse using a crowbar and brute force, it may be you’ll an entirely new garage door installed. However, assuming the garage door itself is okay, the first thing to do is to check the safety sensors.

Garage Door Sensors

These are the electronic eyes in your garage door near the track. There must be a clear line of sight between the two sensors, and if something is blocking them, that will stop the door from closing properly. Have a service company replace the rollers if that is the case. Garage door remote.

This is a safety measure that prevents the door from closing on a dog or a child. On rare occasions, your service company may need to adjust this safety switch to correct tolerances. And if you just can’t figure it out, call Star Solutions to get a trained technician to get a look at it.

When a Garage Door Shuts Then Reverses Course

Another common thing experts in garage door repair see is the garage door completely shuts and then promptly reverses course and starts to open again.  Your first course may be to hire a voodoo priest or an exorcist rather than a garage door professional, but most often this is a problem with the close-force setting on your garage door unit. Basically, this setting determines the amount of force the garage door will hit the ground with, once closed, before shutting off the motor.

If the motor reverses course before hitting the ground, this is the likely problem. Garage door remote, On the other hand, if the door closes all the way and then reverses course, it likely means the close-limit switch setting is out of whack. In either case, call a pro such as Star Solutions, and rest easy.

What To Do When The Garage Door Motor Won’t Shut Off

It happens less than many of the other problems, but then Star Solutions Garage Door tech’s see just about everything: you garage door moves up and down, but then the motor won/t stop. One of the switches in your garage door opener (which are surprisingly sophisticated) is called an up-limit switch. If you experience this problem, have your Starlight Solutions technician make the proper adjustments so the motor doesn’t burn itself out.

When The Garage Door Sticks While Opening or Closing

This is a very common problem seen by Star Solutions garage door Glenside technicians. You Starlight Solutions technician can check your tracks, lubricate, and if necessary, replace damaged rollers.

The Garage Door Refuses To Open in Winter

Another common problem that Star Solutions Garage Door Jenkintown, PA technicians experience calls from people who once they shut their garage door, can’t open them back up in the winter. Most often, this is due to the cold weather making the rollers stiff, and the solution is to have a technician lubricate them.

Most often, lubrication of the rollers takes care of the problem, but sometimes the technician needs to adjust the screw in the motor of your garage door that determines your motors sensitivity. It’s a fairly simple task, providing you have the patience and dexterity to make the adjustment.

What To Do When Your Transmitter is Acting Haywire

This is a very frequent question addressed by Star Solutions Technicians. And the first question to be asked, is if you are trying to activate the remote too far from the garage door motor? Secondly, have you changed the batteries? It would seem these two questions are common sense, but humans don’t always operate rationally. A frequent problem is a garage door opens totally by itself. Sometimes, this is because an object has lodged against the transmitter button, but more often than not, a neighbor is using the same frequency as yours to open his garage door.

Another reason why Star Solutions recommends that people get a garage door system that only opens once you’ve punched in a pin. It prevents thieves from hacking into your garage, and at the same time, it avoids accidental openings in the neighborhood.

Noisy, Screetching, Shuddering Garage Doors

If your garage door is noisy, screeching, or shuddering, don’t ignore it. It’s not going away by highing your head in the sand like an ostrich. You may have bad cables, worn springs, worn-out garage rollers, a damaged insulation stip, springs that need lubrication or more. At best, ignoring the situation may cause you to need a new garage door or a new garage door opener unit, at its worst, sometimes defective garage door units cause serious accidents. Get an expert to take a look at your garage door and your garage door opener at the first real signs of distress.

Shuddering Your Garage Door Opens Too Slowly

Believe it or not, garage door openers have an opening and closing speed, which is normally preset at the factory to the lowest setting. But, If the door is opening too slow, there’s a good chance the problem is in the springs, the tracks or the rollers. Lubricating the rollers or replacing damaged ones is frequently the solution, although not always.  To be totally sure what the problem is, why not call a Star Solutions technician to investigate?

Garage Door Broken Springs That Will Not Stay Open

If you have a garage that opens up to the very top, then springs down do a closing position, most often you have a problem with worn springs. Fixing garage door springs is not amateurs. It can be dangerous to even try. Chances are, you’ll injure yourself, or even worse, stand to injure a member of your family.

Your Garage Door Closes Too Fast

If your garage door closes too fast, don’t hesitate, call a technician immediately. Garage doors that snap down can injure your children and your pets. Most often the reason for the problem is a torn spring, a torn cable or both. A door will weigh hundreds of pounds, and if the cable or spring completely gives way, the damage to your family, children or pets could be catastrophic.

Don’t take a chance but call a trained Star Solutions Garage door Elkins Park technician to cand estimate the damage to repair your garage door, and then have it fixed properly.