Archive for October, 2012

How to Maintain and Troubleshoot Your Garage Door and Opener

October 30, 2012

Maintenance is required for your garage door to ensure that it is in efficient working order. Although there are ways to maintain and troubleshoot your garage door yourself, remember that it is better to be done by us, the professionals.

A garage door has a lot of moving parts and is the largest opening in your house that allows you access to your garage. A little bit of maintenance can save you a lot of money and if a problem does arise, sometimes you can fix it yourself.

  1. Lubricate the vital parts of the door. Use lubricant oils like WD-40 or others that has the same viscosity to spray all the rollers, the hinges, and, most importantly, the springs. Do this 3 or 4 times a year. Avoid using thick grease, because grease will only help to accumulate dust and dirt. Dust and dirt will tear away the bearings and cause an unwanted black paste to appear. It will also produce a very sticky surface.
  2. Check for worn or frayed steel cables. If the cables that are attached to the door are worn or frayed, you should call your local garage door companyto have them change them out as soon as possible. This isn’t difficult to do, but without the proper tools and knowledge of the spring system, this can be extremely hazardous. Always remember that the springs have enough tension to make the door weightless (easy to open), so the springs’ kinetic energy is equal to the weight of the door that is vertical in the opening.

  3. Ensure that all the bolts are tight. These bolts hold the back of the track. You don’t want your door randomly falling on your car, just because a bolt wiggled loose and fell out.


How to Check the Balance of Your Garage Door

October 23, 2012

One of the most important things you can do for your garage door opener is periodically (1-2 times per year) check the balance of your garage door.   This will tell you if your door has become ‘heavy’ over the years, which can slowly destroy your opener.  It will also tell you if there are any obvious friction points in the travel of the door.  Otherwise, the garage door opener will just work overtime going up and down- and you would not know until the opener quits working!

For the purpose of this exercise it is important to make sure that your garage floor is clear of debris (boxes, cars, lawn-mowers, etc.) around the door itself, allowing you to move freely across the length of the door. We are also assuming that you have an opener attached to your garage door that opens and closes it because if you don’t the only thing that will suffer as a result of a ‘heavy’ door will be your sore back!

When I talk about the garage door being balanced, what I mean is: how well are your springs counterbalancing the weight of the garage door? If they are old and worn-out the door will be heavier than if the springs were working perfectly. The problem with an automatic opener is that it will often times still open and close the door, even though the springs are bad and the door is heavy. This can cause the opener to strain/overwork and some of the plastic parts will strip or break.

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Cookson Door Sales Receives Clopay Dealer Recognition Award

October 9, 2012

Clopay brand specialist, Cookson Door Sales of Arizona, received the Clopay Dealer Recognition Award.

Cookson Door Sales

A local dealer of Clopay brand garage doors, Cookson Door Sales of Arizona received the honorary Clopay Dealer Recognition Award. Located in Tempe, AZ, Cookson Door Sales is a leading dealer of Clopay brand garage doors.

Clopay garage doors are known as “America’s Favorite Doors”. Clopay Building Products Company is the nation’s largest manufacturer of residential garage doors. In addition to being the largest garage door manufacturer, the brand comes with the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Cookson Door Sales of Arizona sells and installs Clopay garage doors throughout the entire state of Arizona and is based in Tempe.  In addition to being recognized for their specialty as a Clopay dealer, the staff at Cookson Door Sales has been recognized by the community for their customer service through numerous top rated garage door consumer reviews.

Cookson Door Sales understands that their customers may have garage door repair and installation needs at odd hours, which is why they also offer 24/7 Emergency service. Cookson Door Sales has been servicing the greater Phoenix area since 1991 and continues to go above and beyond to ensure that their customers are always happy.

About Cookson Door Sales

Cookson Door Sales of Arizona has been serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, and the rest of Arizona since 1991, selling and servicing all types of overhead, rolling, specialty, and garage doors. They continue to be a leader in the industry by providing specific expertise in a wide variety of commercial, residential, and related construction specialties.

Cookson Door Sales has been involved in many prestigious projects over its long and healthy duration. They are your commercial, industrial, and residential garage door solution.

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What to Do about a Noisy Garage Door Opener

October 2, 2012

You can try making some adjustments, but sometimes the only solution is a total replacement.

annoying garage noiseOne common complaint by homeowners is that their garage door opener makes too much noise. While it is not possible to have a truly silent opener and completely stop the noise, some openers are much quieter than others. Of the three main types of openers (belt, chain and screw), the belt drives are purported to be the quietest, with screw drives a close second and chain drives pulling up the rear. Higher priced units tend to run more quietly than economy-priced units, so you can say that money does provide help in this area.

Vibrations Transmit Noise

If you remember your basic physics, sound needs a medium to travel through, and air is by far the most common medium for transmitting sounds. Removing the air between your noisy opener and your ears will render your opener completely silent, but this not recommended, as life in a vacuum is pretty short. In the case of your garage door opener, your house also becomes a medium to transmit noise. Garage door openers are heavy machines and they need to be firmly attached to the framing members of your house to function safely. Noise and vibrations from the opener are often transmitted directly to the wood structure above. If this happens to be below the master bedroom, you can understand why this might be problem and why it’s not easy to stop noise from entering your home.