Beware of Automatic Garage Door Openers with Garage Door Locks

One of the happiest times a homeowner has is adding an automatic garage door opener to an existing garage door that does not have one.  All the years of getting out of the car, in the rain, with the kids in the car, or when you are just plain tired….just to open up the garage door.  All that misery and torture coming to an end….they can’t wait.  Push a button and magic, the garage door opens up for your grand entrance.

The new motor is installed on your garage door.  You are instructed how to operate the new automatic garage door opener.  It might be a Liftmaster, Genie, Chamberlain, Linnear, Skylink, Guardian…..even a topline opener such as Marantec or LiftLogix.  You are so excited at the new magic machine, opening and closing your garage door.  The garage door company who installed the opener leaves and you drive your car to the safety of your garage for the night.

You lock the garage door as you always have and smile as you anticipate the new day of automatic access.  In the morning, you are excited to push a button to back your vehicle out of the garage. You press your new remote control button…. Your big smile suddenly turns to a major frown and fear as the loud noise of your garage door crunching and coming off the tracks fills the garage.

What happened?  Unfortunately, a common mistake was made.  You were not aware that the existing garage door lock should have been removed or disabled when installing a new garage door opener.  The garage door opener installation technician went over safety features, including the infrared safety sensors, the automatic reverse cluth safety reverse, the wall button lock, […]

Cold Weather Preparation

When the cold weather is approaching or is upon us, those who live in icy and snowy areas will  want to take steps to prepare their automatic gate operator for the cold winter weather.  Some operators with push/pull tube swing arm gates get a build up of ice and snow, which can trigger an obstruction sensor or even blow fuses.

One method to prepare for this is to extend the tube on the operator arm.  Then use a silicone spray lubricant and apply liberally to the push/pull tube.  The application of this lubricant will help keep the oil seal well lubricated and enable it to shed the water from the push/pull tube.  Additionally, this application will aid the tube itself shed water to decrease the possibility of ice build up.

Another thing to consider in severe cold weather is to install a battery heater.  This will help the battery inside the control arm box keep warm.  In severe cold weather, the battery can lose some of it’s ability to hold an adequate charge.  Keeping the battery at desirable levels will increase peak performance in bad weather.

Another trick to aid the operator arm from freezing up is to wrap the tubes with heater bands, similar to those used to keep cold water pvc pipes from freezing.  This will aid in preventing the freeze on the push/pull tube and acme screw.

Use these tips and tricks to keep your gate operator working reliably during the cold winter months.

Door-Mart Garage Door provides maintenance service to all garage doors and automatic openers.  We can be reached at 1-800-829-9833 and