Closed Confirm Remote

Have you ever driven away from your garage and wondered if the door stayed closed?  Well, worry no more.  The Genie Company’s next generation garage door opener remote tells homeowners whether their garage door is closed or not.

Here’s how it works:  Once the garage door closes, the Closed Confirm remote will beep and flash a green light if the garage door closes properly.  If the door instead reverses open, a warning tone will sound and a red light will flash, giving you the opportunity to investigate the reversal.

It’s simple and convenient, but provides peace of mind knowing that in every case your garage door is closed.  If your garage door is really the “front door” to your home, you might want to consider investing in Genie’s newest generation garage door openers just for the added safety and security it offers.  Call us at 801-717-2015 for more information.

Selecting the Right Garage Door Dealer

This post is a word of warning.  In these slow economic times, everyone is scrambling to try and find a way to earn a living.  This has created a unique problem in the garage door industry, one in which indivuduals that are former garage door installers are selling , installing, and servicing garage doors without proper licensing or insurance.  In our industry they are called “tailgaters“.

The biggest problem with tailgaters is that some of the more unscrupulous ones aren’t totally honest, having no problem selling the consumer more than they need at an inflated price.  It is a double whammy that is unfair to the consumer and makes it difficult for legitimate garage door repair companies to gain the confidence of consumers in need.  A tailgater will promise you anything they need to promise because it is likely they won’t be in business in a year, or if they still are in business they won’t respond to a victim’s warranty or other need.

There are hundreds of door dealers in business today in Provo, Orem, and surrounding communities of Utah.  What can you do to assure yourself of selecting the right one?  Here are five checkpoints to use:

EXPERIENCE

Ask them how long they have been a licensed door dealer

WORKMANSHIP

Ask them for references from satisfied customers.

CODE AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

Ask if they are licensed.  In Utah, this is easy to check at https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/detail.html?license

INSURANCE COVERAGE

Ask for a copy of the company’s Certificate of Insurance.  If they are legitimate, this will be easy to obtain.

FINANCIAL INTEGRITY

A dependable, honest door dealer won’t mind telling you about the basic financial intergrity of their company.

Selecting the right door dealer is as simple as asking a few questions. The most important deals with the issue of reliability. Is the dealer dependable, trustworthy, and safety-conscious? These questions take only moments to answer, and yet they can help you avoid tremendous problems in the future.

GARAGE DOOR OPERATION 101

A HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE TO THE GARAGE DOOR AND HOW IT WORKS

One of the most overlooked “appliances” in your home is the garage door.  You press the button. It goes up.  It goes down.  Simple.  Right?

Not really.  Like every other mechanical device you own-your cars, your kitchen and laundry appliances and your heating and cooling systems – your garage door and its operating system needs to be properly adjusted and regularly maintained in order to function properly.

You can perform some simple safety and maintenance tasks yourself.  Other tasks – such as spring repair/replacement, track and roller repair/replacement and door installation – are jobs best left to trained service professionals.

Just as it is common practice to have your home’s heating and cooling systems checked annually, it’s also a good idea to have your door checked  annually by a qualified service technician to ensure that it continues to work properly and effectively.

Never take a garage door system for granted: always use extreme caution when working on it or near it.  Make sure that children understand that the garage door and the garage door opener are not toys.  Never let children play with the door or its operating system.

My final word of advice is just be careful around your garage door.

Safety Check Part 2

REMEMBER-YOUR GARAGE DOOR IS THE LARGEST MOVING OBJECT ON YOUR HOME.  PLEASE BE SAFE WHEN USING IT!!
  • Test The Reversing Mechanism Monthly

If an object obstructs the door as it is closing, the door should reverse. If the door  does not reverse, have the door system inspected, repaired, or replaced by a trained door systems technician.

  • Test The Door Balance Monthly

With the door in the closed position and the operator disconnected, lift the door. It should lift smoothly and with little resistance and should remain open. If the door does not lift smoothly or remain open, have the door inspected and adjusted by a trained door systems technician.

  • Test The Force Setting Monthly

Standing outside the path of the door, try to hold up the door to stop it from moving downward as it closes. If the door does not easily reverse, the force is excessive. Have the door inspected and adjusted by a trained door systems technician.

Wade says: If anything on your door doesn’t operate properly, call for expert garage door repairs.  Don’t take the chance of injury.

SAFETY CHECK

 

Garage door systems are made to operate safely and reliably.  The garage door is the largest moving object in most homes.  The door system just be properly adjusted and regularly maintained in order to function properly.

HERE ARE THE DO’S AND DON”TS

  • VISUAL INSPECTION-Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear.  If you suspect problems, have the system inspected by a trained door systems technician.
  • AVOID A MOVING DOOR AND KEEP HANDS AND FINGERS CLEAR-Do not stand, walk, or run under a moving door.  Hands and fingers must be kept clear from sections, joints, hinges, track, springs, and other door parts.
  • DO NOT LET CHILDREN PLAY WITH TRANSMITTERS OR REMOTE CONTROLS-Garage door operators are not toys.  Keep transmitters and controls out of the reach of children.  Push-button wall controls must be mounted high enough to be out of the reach of children.
  • ONLY OPERATE THE DOOR IF YOU CAN SEE IT-Keep the door in sight until it closes completely.

MORE SAFETY TIPS COMING NEXT MONTH