Archive for November, 2012

Inspecting and Troubleshooting your Garage Door

November 20, 2012

Cookson Door Sales of Arizona has all the tools you need to effectively maintain your garage door. Here are a few suggestions to help you understand minor troubleshooting techniques in order to save time and money.

Inspecting and troubleshooting your garage door on a regular basis is the best way to keep it working right and to avoid expensive repairs. Routine maintenance on your garage door is certainly something most homeowners can handle themselves. Before you know what to do, though, you need to know what to look for. Here are some suggestions for basic garage door troubleshooting. Keep in mind that some troubleshooting and maintenance chores are best left to a pro.

Springs

Most garage doors rely on big, thick springs to open and close properly. The springs may be mounted above the opening or alongside the roller track on each side. You can perform a visual inspection of the springs, looking for evident signs of wear. If the springs are squeaking when the door opens and closes, apply a light lubricant. If the springs look worn or the squeak persists, however, call a garage door pro. Tampering with the springs yourself can be dangerous.

Worn Cables

Metal cables connect the springs to the bottom of the door on each side. If your cables look frayed or worn, you should have a garage door pro take a look at them as soon as possible. You don’t want to wait until the cables break, as this could cause injury.

6 Tips for Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener

November 6, 2012

It’s important for any homeowner to have a safe and accurate garage door opener. Not many understand how to choose the right garage door opener for their home so here are some tips to guide through the garage door opener process.

Horsepower or HP is very basic information you need to know. The horsepower is related directly to your garage door, the horsepower will assure that the garage door opener has enough power to lift your garage door. Therefore make sure you have checked your garage door, including height, weight, balance and type of garage door.

For most single and double car garage doors (up to 350 lbs), the 1/2 HP is adequate. Horsepower also refer to Newton, 600-Newtons is similar to 1/2 HP. The 1/2-horsepower motor is the most common type for residential use. It will work on one or two door garages. For heavier garage doors such as carriage house or solid wood garage doors, the 3/4-HP is ideal choice. The 3/4-HP is for super-heavy garage door (up to 500 lbs), more power is better than not enough. Don’t make the mistake of buying a 1/2-HP opener and installing it only to find out that you need a stronger opener to open your garage door.

Type of drive

Chain drives are noisy because they use a metal chain along a metal trolley, but it’s inexpensive. It’s the least expensive and most popular garage-door openers.

Screw drives lift the door with a threaded steel rod. Look for the latest models that use a plastic-lined track to reduce noisy metal-to-metal contact and to increase opening speed.

Belt drives are the best in quiet performance. If you’re worried about noise and such, belt drives are the best choice. They are the quietest, making them ideal choice if you have rooms positioned above the garage.

Common Garage Door Problems by Cookson Door Sales of Arizona

November 2, 2012

Cookson Door Sales of Arizona services Phoenix garage doors including general repairs and new garage door installations.

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There are several common issues that people may encounter with their garage doors. These issues are often self-evident where the solution is fairly easy to deal with, however, they can also be difficult repairs that are unidentifiable.

There are common problems that can occur with the garage door opener or remote control. These issues can come from the power source being disrupted, having a motor unit unplugged, or even an issue with the circuit breaker. If the remote control won’t open the garage door try either moving closer to the door to ensure that the antenna on the motor unit is correctly placed, replace the battery or, if all else fails, reprogram the remote itself. For all other unidentifiable issues, it’s important to refer to a professional for assistance.

In addition to problems with remote controls, garage doors may encounter issues such as not closing all the way, reversing after hitting the floor immediately, not opening completely, or even opening all the way but the motor continuously runs. Most of these situations can be identified as a need to adjust the close limit switch; however to ensure safety in garage door repair make sure to contact a professional.

About Cookson Door Sales

Cookson Door Sales of Arizona continues to be a leader in the industry by providing expertise and professional services in commercial and residential specialties. They have been serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and the rest of Arizona since 1991 and have been involved in many prestigious projects over its long and healthy duration. To learn more about Cookson Door Sales, please visit: http://www.cooksonaz.com.