How to Tell When Your Garage Door Opener Is Broken

If you’re like most homeowners, you take your garage door opener for granted. It’s easy to fall into the habit of expecting it to operate the way it should when you need to get in and out of your garage. However, these openers do wear out over time and in most cases, will give warning signs before they full give out. It’s up to you to be able to identify when it is broken so you can get it fixed and avoid having to pay for a replacement before you need to. The following will help you determine if you should contact someone for garage opener repairs.

Check Your Garage Door

It’s easy to blame the opener itself if your garage door doesn’t open as expected. However, sometimes the garage door itself is the problem. You can save yourself a lot of time and money by checking the door over first. Look at the edges of the garage door from the inside and the outside to see if there is a misalignment somewhere or if one of the springs has broken. An easy way to check if your garage door is the problem is to attempt to open it manually. If it is difficult to open by hand, chances are the opener isn’t at fault.

Check the Opener

If the garage door seems to open the way it should manually, it’s time to inspect several aspects of the opener itself. First, you should check whether the lights of the opener are working properly. If not, there’s a chance you have tripped the circuit breaker and this simple fix will resolve the issue. However, if the lights are working, the opener may need a hard reset. To do this, simply unplug the unit and plug it back in after a few seconds. This should reset the system. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you need to call in the professionals to help you diagnose the problem and determine whether they can fix the garage door opener or a replacement is necessary.

What Can the Professionals Do?

In general, the most common problems you will encounter with your garage door opener are malfunctions in the logic board or stripped gears from regular use. Both of these issues can be resolved with a repair, but it’s important to weigh the cost of these services against replacing the entire unit. In many cases, a replacement garage door opener is more affordable than repairing your old one. However, it’s still important to call in the professionals to evaluate your garage door opener if it isn’t working as it should. They can provide you with a cost estimate on the repairs so you can make the most informed decision and save yourself time and money. A replacement isn’t always the best and most cost-effective solution.

Always check your garage door opener warranty to see if the repair may be covered. If not, it will be up to the repair technician to determine if a repair can be made or if they should suggest a full replacement. When you call, they will likely ask you what the problem is, so they know how to proceed. This often means talking to the office personnel. Unfortunately, these individuals may not be able to answer all of your questions. Therefore, it’s often best to ask to talk to one of the technicians.

If your garage door opener isn’t working the way it should, contact us to schedule an appointment for an assessment of your unit.

Tips to Childproof Your Garage

Having children means protecting them from risks in the world and around the home. There are so many risks parents have to watch out for, such as small objects children can put in their mouths, cleaning chemicals, long flights of stairs, the list goes on and on. When you child-proof your home, however, one space you can’t forget is the garage. Read on to learn more about making the garage a safe space for your kids.

Is Your Garage Safe?

Garages are full of things that can cause harm to children. These include concrete floors, outdoor supplies, vehicles, tools, chemicals, and more. Keeping your child away from these dangers is vitally important. Before you start child-proofing your garage, answer these questions.

  • When your cars are in the garage, are they locked?
  • How easily can your kids get in and out of the garage?
  • Do you regularly maintain your garage door?
  • Can your children reach tools and chemicals stored in your garage?
  • Is your garage full of clutter or is it clutter-free?
  • Can you think of any less obvious risks in your garage, such as pet food, garbage, and gardening materials?

After thoughtfully answering these questions you should have a good idea of what steps you need to take to make your garage a safe place for children. Consider the following strategies:

  • Remove clutter from your garage. Get rid of anything you don’t need and carefully store away all dangerous objects as high up as possible. Children are clever and will use stools or find other creative ways to reach these items. You could also store them in a locked cabinet and carefully hide the key.
  • Add a Dutch door to your garage exit.  A Dutch door keeps the bottom half of the door closed while the top half is open to allow fresh air inside the garage and to easily unload and transfer items.
  • Store chemicals and other dangerous substances far out of reach of children.

Automatic Garage Doors and Safety

It’s important to take care when it comes to automatic garage door openers because these heavy doors can cause serious injury to a child. For many children, opening and closing the garage door is like playing with a toy. However, when they do this, they can easily get caught in the door or its moving parts. The garage door should sense when an object, including a child, is in the way, but it’s up to you to make sure this feature is functioning properly. One way to test your automatic garage door sensitivity is to put small objects in the way. If the door senses the object, it will not close.

To make sure your garage door is perfectly safe for your children, contact Lincoln Electric Garage Door Company. Our experienced and friendly technicians can assist with a garage door repair, a new garage door, and garage door openers. Our company is family owned and operated and has been in business since 1967. We understand the dangers of garages and garage doors when it comes to children. Contact us today to have all your questions and concerns answered.

Wifi-Connected Garage Doors

Remember the days when you had to pull your garage door open and closed using brute strength? Those days are over, thankfully. In our modern era, we know have electric garage door openers, but we’ve taken this to the next level with Wi-Fi enabled garage door openers, otherwise known as smart garage door openers. These neat devices unlock numerous features and benefits that add safety and convenience to your home. Read on to learn more about Wi-Fi garage door openers and all they can do for you, your home, and your family.

Open and Close Your Garage Door No Matter Where You’re Located

Traveling across town or across the sea? No matter where you are in this big world, you can still open and close your garage door at will with a Wi-Fi connection. Picture this: You’re on vacation in the Caribbean, sitting on the beach and sipping a cocktail when you suddenly turn to your spouse and say, ‘Did we remember to close the garage door?’. Not a problem. Just grab your garage door opener and hit close and then get back to the beach.

Sometimes you forget your keys and you’re Wi-Fi enabled garage door opener turns into that spare set. And then there are the times when you need to let a serviceman into your home, but you can’t be there. Viola! Simply open the garage door using your remote. This provides easy and convenient access for all types of service needs when you can’t be on the premises.

Get Push Notifications

How does monitoring access to your home when you’re not there sound? Pretty incredible, doesn’t it? Well, your new Wi-Fi garage door does that for you by sending you push notifications whenever your garage door opens or closes. Keep a close eye on when the kids are coming and going, especially to and from school, and have peace of mind when you’re out of town for work or vacation by knowing that your garage door is safely secured, and if it were to open, you’d know about it immediately.  Have a plan in case this happens, such as alerting your neighbors, the police, or your security alarm company.

In-Garage Delivery from Amazon

Key by Amazon is a new service in select cities that offers in-garage delivery to select Prime members. With this Amazon service, you can have items delivered safely and securely to your garage. All you need is to sync your myQ® account with the key app. Once you do this, your Amazon packages will be delivered via your Wi-Fi garage door opener. Never risk having a package stolen again!

Put Garage Lights on a Schedule

Having proper indoor and outdoor lighting is vital to avoid burglary. Good lighting also provides for safety at night when you’re arriving at home in the dark. With your Wi-Fi garage door opener, you can easily schedule garage lights to turn on and off. This is especially helpful when traveling or when you are arriving later than expected.

Lincoln Electric Garage Door is a Tempe, Arizona family owned company operating since 1967. We provide a wide range of garage door services, including garage door repair, installation of new garage doors, and Wi-Fi garage doors, and commercial door repair and installation. If you’re interested in learning more about a Wi-Fi enabled garage door, give us a call. We’ll answer all your questions and help you get this really cool feature set up for added safety and convenience for you home and family. Call us today at 602-955-4144 to learn more and schedule and appointment with one of our friendly technicians.

Tips to Keep Your Garage Cool in Summertime

Summer is in full swing, which means your home’s cooling system is working overtime to keep you and your family feeling comfortable indoors as the temps soar outside.

But it’s not just your home that needs cooling, your garage does, too. It can get hot in your garage if it lacks the proper ventilation, and that means your car’s interior gets hotter, too.

Don’t neglect cooling your garage in the summer months. Instead, follow these summer garage cooling tips below.

Get the air moving. Ventilate the garage by simply opening the garage door about a foot from the ground.

Add insulation. You can find garage door insulation kits at your local home improvement store. We recommend insulating the garage door, or the ceiling, to absorb the sun’s rays to help keep the garage cooler (and warmer in the winter).

Park a hot car outside. Keep your car out of the garage while it cools. We recommend waiting until the sun goes down to drive it into the garage. Parking a hot car in the garage adds a few extra degrees to the garage interior.

Be strategic about when you use the garage. We love it when we hear our customers use their garage as another room in their home, but in the summer, without proper cooling or ventilation, the garage can be a dangerous place.

If you work out, relax, or use the garage for hobbies, please do it cautiously between the hours of 3-6 p.m. that’s when your garage is likely to be the warmest.

Invest in a fan. This is one of the least expensive and quickest way to get air moving in your garage (but it won’t lower the temperature much). Simply place an oscillating fan on the floor of the garage to get the air moving. You can also use a box fan, install a ceiling fan, or use a commercial-grade fan.

Consider placing a fan in a garage window and face it outwards to move the hot air to the outside.

Get a lighter color garage door. The lighter the door’s color, the more it will reflect the heat. You could also paint the walls and roof of your garage (if it’s free-standing) a lighter color, too. Talk to someone on the team at All Island about this – we can help you choose the best paint for the job. And find the perfect replacement garage door for your home.

Air condition your garage. This is the most costly tip on this list, but certainly would get the job done. If your budget allows, you could invest in central air for your garage, or install a window unit. You could also use a portable air conditioner. Note: you’ll need to have your garage insulated if you’re going this route. Don’t waste your money!

Need help cooling your garage? We’re here to help. Contact our team today and let us help you enjoy your summer a little more!

Survive The Summer Heat With These Garage Door Tips

Why take chances with the summer heat affecting your garage door? Summertime puts conditions in play that can affect your garage door system’s performance. As one of the most important appliances in your home, it’s a smart call to be attentive to your garage door opener and garage door during summer months. With the impact the temperatures have, most garage door systems benefit from summertime garage door tune-ups.

Here are some simple things you can do yourself to maintain the performance of your garage to deal with higher temperatures:

Routinely Inspect the Hardware

One initial step that you can take on your garage door summer maintenance project is to inspect the hardware for any wear and tear that may have occurred over the year. Simply look over all of the visible parts to see if any hinges look loose. Also be sure to check if track seems to be misaligned and if bolts look to be missing. Tighten all visible bolts and replace anything that might be missing. This simple step can make sure your garage door is able to open and close smoothly and without interruption.

Keep The Hardware Lubricated

One of the easiest ways to keep your garage door running smoothly throughout the summer if to lubricate all of the hardware. Ensuring that hardware is lubricated will eliminate loud noises and screeches while opening and closing. Lubricate all hardware and parts of the door with a 3 in 1 type of oil. You should never use grease when lubricating your garage door.

Keep Your Door Clean

Simply washing the door will remove dirt, grease, and grime that has built up over time. Water and a mild household detergent can be used to clean the surface of steel and aluminum doors with ease.

Not only is garage door insulation beneficial during the winter months, but can also be extremely helpful during the winter. Keep out the heat and the air conditioning in by making sure your garage door is properly insulated. This can also help to keep out the heat in living spaces that may be located directly above the garage.

Check For Damage From Weather

Make sure there are no holes or openings in your garage door and that it is reinforced properly to keep your house safe from additional harm and damage during storms.

Routinely Test Your Garage Door

One of the easiest maintenance tests that can be done during any time of the year is to simply test out the garage door. Open and close the door to ensure that it is working properly and that nothing seems to be out of place and to ensure that it is not making any strange noises.

The best way to maintain your garage door for years to come is to schedule a seasonal tune-up with a certified professional. Our technicians can identify hard to catch problems before they arise to keep your garage running smoothly all year long.

Schedule a summer tu

Tips to Get Your Garage Ready for Summer

Getting your garage ready for the Tempe, AZ summer can make a world of difference in how comfortable your garage remains throughout the summer months and your personal enjoyment of this often forgotten space in your home. These are some things you can do to get your garage ready for the warm summer sun.

Insulate Garage Doors and Walls

Not only can this help your garage remain cooler in the summer, it can also keep it, and the items stored inside your garage, warmer in the winter. It is a great way to extend the life cycle of items kept in your garage and serves to protect your home from hot air that would otherwise stream into your home every time you open a door from your home into your garage.

Deep Clean Your Garage

This isn’t about making sure it is organized and uncluttered. Well, it isn’t ONLY about making sure it is organized and uncluttered. It is also about getting rid of outdated and potentially hazardous items stored in your garage. Between last summer and now, interests and hobbies have changed, supplies and equipment have gone out of date, and other items are no longer needed. This is the perfect excuse to clear out the old, make room for the new, and improve the safety of your garage all around.

Carefully Inspect Your Garage Door

Summer heat can do a real number on the integrity of your garage door. Not only can it become warped or damaged as a result of the heat bearing down, it can also lose lubrication. More importantly, especially if you have children or there are children in your neighborhood, you need to double check the safety features of your garage door to make sure they are operating efficiently.

Make Essential Repairs

Whether it is broken windows, chipped garage floors, pulleys, levers, or whatever, now is the ideal time to make garage door repairs so that it will continue to operate at greater efficiency throughout the year ahead. The extra hours of daylight give you added time to make the repairs, even after a long day at work, and you don’t have to worry about freezing temperatures slowing you down.

Install a Garage Exhaust Fan

Whether you plan to spend a lot of time working in your garage during the months ahead or you’re simply looking for ways to improve energy efficiency for your entire home, a garage exhaust fan can help clear the air in your garage and keep the temperatures more comfortable year round.

Little changes can make a huge difference in the comfort and safety of your garage. Now, as summer swings into focus, is a great time to make these changes for your garage. So, when it comes to repairing your garage door, you want to make sure you work with a licensed garage door service company. Always seek the advice of a Tempe garage door repair expert if you have a garage door question or problem.

Things To Think Of When You’re Buying a New Garage Door

Whether you’re building an entirely new garage or just need to replace an old garage door, it’s important that you take some time to decide exactly what you’re looking for in a door. A garage door is a major purchase, and it’s definitely not a “one size fits all” type of situation.

Here are some things you’ll want to think about before you start shopping!

How big is the opening space?

This is arguably one of the most important things of all to consider. The exact measurements can be done by professionals, but you’ll want to have at least some idea of the dimensions (height and width of the opening, space between the door and the ceiling, etc.) you’re working with. Knowing these things ahead of time will also help you to both create and stick to a budget.

Do you want the door to match your home’s exterior?

In most cases, homeowners want their garage door to coordinate with their home’s overall exterior style. Even if you come across a great-looking door while shopping, it might not be the garage door for you if it clashes with the rest of your house. Consider taking some photos of both your garage and your home as a whole prior to shopping. Have them on hand for whenever you see a door you like.

What kind of material would you like the door to be made of?

There are so many options these days for garage doors, but in general, the main materials you’ll see are steel (can be painted just about any color with a variety of finishes), aluminum (lightweight and easier to use with window designs), wood (beautiful curbside appeal), fiberglass (great for paneling and window designs) and composite (a blend of materials for durability). Each of these materials comes with their own cons in addition to pros. For example, wood is beautiful but often harder to upkeep, while aluminum dents easier than others but is also often easier to repair. At Tempe Garage Door Repair, we’re happy to answer your questions about any material to help you figure out what is best for you and your home.

Do you want insulation?

Some people choose to insulate their garage doors while others do not. Insulation provides both sound and temperature control for the garage, and this can be important to a lot of people if they intend to use their garage for purposes other than just parking their vehicle. Others simply do not have any need for insulation, although in hot places like Arizona, it can be a great decision for helping to keep the rest of your home cool.

Do you want the latest technology?

Garage doors have come so far since the old days of manually rolling them up and down! Not only are the vast majority of doors automatic with the push of a button, but many can also be linked to smartphones so you can open and shut them from anywhere. It’s also a great idea to have a code or sensor pad outside so you can let yourself in from the outside (with or without your phone). You may also want a door that is linked to lights in the garage so you’re not left in the dark when you arrive or leave.

Have more questions? At Tempe Garage Door Repair, we’re happy to help! Contact us today.

3 Times to Repair and 3 Times to Replace Your Garage Door

Your garage door is an extremely important feature of your home. A properly working one keeps your valuables protected, provides entry and exit and can even help keep your home cool in that hot Arizona weather. If your garage door isn’t working as it should, however, things can become frustrating very quickly. You may start wondering if you need to replace the door entirely. Nevertheless, sometimes all it needs is a simple repair.

Here are three times to repair and three times to replace your garage door.

Three times to repair your garage door

1. The door breaks down suddenly – It can be extremely frustrating when your garage door just suddenly stops working one day, but the good news is that this usually means you are in for a fairly simple fix. Sometimes it is something as simple as the batteries being replaced, and other times it is usually just an isolated problem that can be easily identified by a professional and fixed the same day.

2. The panels are damaged – Do you see panels that are visibly damaged? In most cases, these panels can just be removed and replaced or even directly repaired. There is no need to replace the whole door in the process.

3. One side appears to sag – Is one side lower than the other? Just like the tires on your car, your garage door needs to be regularly checked for alignment and balance. This is a fairly simple procedure that the pros at Tempe Garage Door Repair can easily handle.

Three times to replace your garage door

1. It never seems to work right – If the problems are ongoing, there is likely something fundamentally wrong with your garage door either in its installation or design. Other times this is just an indicator of it being really old and needing a full replacement. Either way, you are looking at a new garage door.

2. The door is generally unsafe – All modern garage doors should have an automatic stop feature that prevents them from closing on a car or a person. Likewise, the door should be be able to be opened without a code or key from the outside. Any door that is lacking in these safety areas should be swiftly replace to prevent future problems.

3. There is extensive, catastrophic damage – You’ll usually know this kind of damage when you see it. If a garage door is irreversibly damaged as the result of a car driving into it or some other highly damaging event (like a bad storm), you should have the door removed and replaced as soon as possible. Leaving it untouched can open up an unsafe environment for anyone nearby, especially children. You should also have the door removed and replaced quickly to evaluate whether or not there has been further damage caused to your home.

Have further questions or are just unsure if you’re looking at a “repair” or “replace” issue? Let the experts at Tempe Garage Door Repair be your guide! Contact us today or visit our Tempe location to learn more about our repair services and how we can help you get the garage door of your dreams.

Benefits of the STEELHOUSE™ Carriage House Door

The STEELHOUSE™ Carriage House Door will have an immediate impact on the curb appeal of any home. The available designs of the STEELHOUSE™ Door brings the traditional look and design of the old style wood carriage door without the problems that were once associated with the older wood door. At half the cost, half the weight, and with a maintenance free exterior, you cannot make a better investment in your home’s exterior appearance.

Complete the look of your new STEELHOUSE™ Carriage House Garage Door with the color and style of WoodTones. Get the look of a solid wood door with the maintenance-free durability and strength of steel. The natural beauty and warmth of wood will give your home greater curb appeal and value.

The Only Door With All Steel Insulated Overlay Boards. The original STEELHOUSE® door is an innovative, all-steel carriage door, manufactured entirely of steel. The STEELHOUSE® garage doors have two-sided steel insulated facing boards that are textured, roll formed and laminated to steel backers and then mechanically fastened and bonded to a 23 gauge steel section. A Reinforced Integral Truss System (RITSTM) gives the STEELHOUSE® doors strength and rigidity that is unmatched by similar products. In addition to their distinctive style and curb appeal, the STEELHOUSE® doors are half the weight and cost of most wooden doors. Virtually maintenance-free, the STEELHOUSE® doors will not warp, crack, or split. Quite simply, it doesn’t get better than that.

Are LED Lights The Culprit?

Have you been having issues with your garage door opener? Has your door not been opening properly? Do you happen to have LED lights installed in your garage? Although not all LED lights are a problem, they can become a problem when not properly shielded. It is important to stick to popular brands so ensure quality performance.

Q: I would like to thank your reader who told you about the garage door opener that did not work properly. I was facing the same problem. I did everything he did to get the door to work, new remotes, change the batteries, etc. Your reader said that he had installed LED lightbulbs in the garage as I had done and wondered if they were interfering with the remotes trying to open the doors. Well I replaced all my LED lightbulbs with regular bulbs and for two weeks now no problems with opening or closing my garage door, thanks to your column.

— R.L., Chicago

A: It warms our cold little heart to hear that our advice has helped more than only one reader. Just to clarify, not all LED lights are the problem. Only those that are not properly shielded. Stick to popular name brands and your garage door should behave normally when you press the remote.

Q: My Honda CR-V runs fine except for a nervous idle at stops when the A/C is on. If I just press the accelerator slightly, increasing the rpm by maybe 100, the idle is smooth. Two mechanics have diagnosed it as bad motor mounts, but they don’t guarantee this is the problem. If the idle speed could be increased, I would be happy. Can I tweak the cable at the idle air valve to make this happen?

— E.K., Dolton, Ill.

A: Nope. The idle is controlled by the engine control module, which activates the idle air control valve. No amount of mechanical tinkering can adjust the idle speed.

Q: I am a retired senior and I own a 2004 Subaru Outback Sport. Since retirement, I only put about 800 miles per year on my vehicle. The car is garage kept. How often should there be an oil change?

— M.K., Chicago

A: Subaru suggests changing the oil and filter every 7,500 miles or 7.5 months. But since your annual mileage is so low, we would recommend you change the oil yearly. For turbocharged engines, cut that schedule in half.

Q: I recently brought my 2016 Prius V into the dealership for its 30,000-mile maintenance. The service rep said it should have its fuel injectors cleaned, among other things. I agreed as I’m trying to be better than I have been at meeting the scheduled requirements. While trying to make sense of my owner’s manual/maintenance guide I haven’t really been able to see this service on the list of required maintenance and wonder if I’ve wasted money.

— R.H., Westchester, Ill.

A: We would not say that you wasted your money. Fuel injectors can become clogged, or at least somewhat restricted, over time. Regular cleaning can prevent this. But we think that cleaning them at such low mileage may be unnecessary, especially if you use good gasoline. If you are in doubt which brands are good, look for a sign that they are Top Tier fuels. You can also find a list at

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