Before we start, first we would like to emphasize the importance of safety when it comes to garage door openers repair and installation, whether it is garage opener in Stamford, garage motor is Greenwich, or anywhere else: Please be aware, that an automated garage, which serve us every day and sometime many times during the day, can be dangerous. If there is something wrong with your garage door opener, or any other part of the garage door for that matter, please stop using the garage door, and contact a garage door company in Stamford to come to where you are located, and inspect the garage door.
Garage Door Opener Types in Stamford
There are 3 main garage door openers you can find in Stamford today:
- Chain drive opener: This opener is one of the most popular opener. It is working using an iron chain that move along the rail and move the trolley, which push and pull the door whenever we instruct the opener to do so. It considered to be a reliable opener, and should last for 15-25 years, when it was installed by a trained technician in Stamford, and as long it was created by a reliable opener manufacture such as Lift Master.
Belt drive opener: the second best seller of the openers in Stamford CT. Works the same way AS the chain drive garage operator works, just that in the Belt opener the chain is replaced with a rubber belt which make it quitter than the chain drive opener. Although a bit more expensive, when you consider that it can easily last for more than 20 years, you should consider it if it is important for you to an opener that will operate in a silent way.
Screw drive opener: This opener based on a much simpler mechanism. They become less and less popular today, but from all the three options, they are the easiest to install and to operate, especially if you are planning to purchase the opener and to install it yourself.
If you are looking for a new garage opener in Stamford, you can contact us for a same day garage opener installation and repair.
Which opener do I need if I live in Stamford?
There is no one simple answer to that question. Every opener manufacture will probably claim to have the best openers, and we are not here to decide which one is the best one. But what we can help you with is to choose from the 3 openers that we described above the best one for you.
If you live in Stamford, and you need a quiet opener (in case the garage is located below or inside the house), then you should aim for the belt drive opener. If you don’t care about the noise (or prefer to hear the garage door whenever it is being used) we recommend that you will go with the chain drive opener (cheaper than the belt, and some will say even stronger). And if you are planning to purchase and install the opener yourself, we recommend you to purchase the screw drive opener, which is the easiest to install and operate.
Like we said, we are not the only garage door supplier in Stamford, and there are many that will claim tom offer the best opener, whether it is chain or belt. And after many years in the industry, and after many years of servicing Stamford, we chose the Lift-Master opener as our preferred brand, and the opener manufacture we chose to work with in all our new installations in Stamford.
Opener Safety Sensor Repairs Stamford
By law, every automated garage door in Stamford, or anywhere else in America, should include safety feature! No matter if it is a garage door in Scarsdale, or garage door Brooklyn, every opener installation should include safety feature.
The most common safety feature you can find is the safety sensors. The safety sensors are located on each side of the door, usually no more than 6 inches from the ground, and should reverse the moving garage door in case something is located on its path.
The sensors have no part in the operating of the garage door, but have a big part in the safe use of the door. If something blocking the door’s path, like a car, pet, person or any other object, and it will will block the beam which between the 2 sensors, while the door is closing, the door will stop its movement and reverse to open position, by that protecting whatever it is which blocked its path from being crashed under the weight of the door.
We know that the safety sensors can be the reason for many garage issues, and many of the service all we receive in Stamford are about the safety sensors. But no matter how annoying it may be, you should never remove the safety sensors. They are there for your protection, and using an automated garage in Stamford with no safety feature is both dangerous and illegal.
What is wrong with my opener?
There are many reasons why a garage door opener in Stamford or anywhere else stop working. From a safety sensor issue, through an opener which was mistakenly disengaged, to a garage door opener that need to be adjust and tuned. And this is just a partial list. But many times, it is really a totally different issue, which has nothing to do with the garage door itself.
Garage Opener Troubleshooting in Stamford
We are often receive calls from customers in Stamford and Greenwich, complaining that there is something wrong with their opener. Since they are located in Stamford, they are local to us, and we arrive at the place within an hour. When we arrive to inspect the door, we find that the problem is actually a different problem, and it has nothing to do with the opener. To understand that, you need to know that the garage door opener is not what make it easy to open and close the garage, but it is actually the spring system. And when something is wrong with the spring system, it is only a matter of time before the opener will struggle to open the door without the springs, and this is something that it is not supposed to do.
Is it really the garage opener?
To the untrained person, who isn’t familiar with the garage door industry, it may seem like the opener is having hard time lifting the door, and from there, it is easy to assume that there is something wrong with the opener. But to us, who installed countless garage openers in Stamford, it is easy to locate the problem and repair it even if it is not the opener. To make it clear, we will say that: If the garage door is not working perfectly when you use it manually, you shouldn’t use it automatically before addressing the issue. Only when the garage is operating perfectly manually, you can go ahead and connect it to the operator.
Stamford Garage Doors And Gates specialize in all types of openers repair in Stamford CT. from commercial overhead motor, to new opener installation, we can do that, and we can fix it today.
Garage Opener Parts Stamford
Remote control: most openers come with 2 remotes. If you asked yourself why there are more than 1 button on the remote, they are there in case you need the remote to operate more than 1 garage door.Push Button: Installed inside the garage door, in a place that allow you to see the garage door when it is being used, and give you the option to use the door with no remote from inside the garage.
Emergency release: in case your garage door does not have another entrance beside the garage door, you should install an emergency release, which will allow you to open the door in case the electricity to the garage door will stop, or in case the opener will stop working.
Key Pad: Installed outside the door, and allow a key less entry. You just need to use the code you chose when the Key Pad was programmed, and the door will open.
Do It Yourself Opener Installation in Stamford
If you are planning to purchase a new garage opener from a garage door supplier in Stamford and to install it by yourself, there are few things you need to know. The first and the most important one is regarding the risks and the safety. No garage repair or installation, worth that you will put yourself in risk. Make sure you know exactly what you are doing, and avoid taking unnecessary risks.
If it is a fresh installation, which mean that there was never an opener installed before, and you are nor replacing an existing opener, make sure that there is an electricity outlet near where the opener will be installed. If there is no electricity, contact an electrician in Stamford to make the arrangements. Another thing you should make sure, is that there are no other preparations required. Some garages are were built in a way that leave no room for a new opener installation, or a low headroom which require some modification to the garage door itself. If this is the case, do not install the opener “wishing” it will work, but contact a garage door repairman first.
Use the right tools. Make sure you have everything you need, and that everyone who use or come near the garage will know that you are currently working on it, and will not try to use it while you are working, and you or your hands may be in a dangerous place.
If you are not sure, you should stop and search or ask. There are garage door suppliers in Stamford who will be glad to assist you, and Stamford Garage Doors And Gates is one of them.
Install safety sensors. Never ignore the requirement to install safety sensors. They may be useless most of time, but that one time they will protect you, and prevent something bad from happening worth it. Not just that it is illegal to remove or not to install them, it is also dangerous.
Make sure that the garage is working properly before you install the motor. If there is something wrong, address it first, or contact a garage door contactor in Stamford to do it for you. An opener is installed when the door is working fine manually.
The opener is not meant to open the door by itself, and it is actually the springs who do moist of the lifting and the balancing. Make sure that the spring are not broken, and the garage mechanism is fine. If something is broken, call to a garage door contractor who service Stamford.
And again, but last – safety! The garage door is probably the largest object in your house, and it can be dangerous. Make sure you know what you are doing. If not, contact a local garage repair in Stamford to come and assist you. It may seem complicated to you, and it may take you hours to locate the problem. But to a trained repairman, who fixed and installed many garage openers in Stamford, it may seem obvious, and he may be able to solve the problem for you in seconds.
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