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Geauga Door Garage Door Repair Services

You bought a home about 15 years ago with an overhead garage door. You have had to repair the opener 3 or 4 times since then. You just paid $100 a month ago for a repair and now there is another problem! How long should a garage door opener last? Is it time to replace it?

Garage door openers tend to last a long time…some 20 years. If you are paying out $100 each month, it’s pretty obvious you should make arrangements for its burial! There are, however, some good reasons to consider replacing an opener even if it appears to be working fine. Here are a five questions to ask yourself:

1. Does the opener have a safety reversal?

Since 1993, reversal mechanisms have been required to be present on all garage door openers. If your opener was installed before 1993 yet still appears to be working fine, or if this feature no longer works, it should be replaced. This safety feature senses when objects pass underneath the door while in operation and will automatically reverse. Children, pets, and cars can be saved from serious harm, as the door will immediately stop and reverse.

2. Does your garage door opener wake you (and the neighbors) up at night?

If so, better to keep your neighbors as friends and install a new opener! A new opener will almost certainly be quieter.

Many older garage door openers employ a chain drive. If you can see something that looks like a bicycle chain near the motor unit of your opener, consider replacing it with a screw drive or belt drive garage door opener. But even a newer model chain drive unit should not be as noisy as the older models. 

3. Does your remote use a fixed code?

Older remote controls function with a fixed code and someone with a special device could sit outside your house, find the code, and break in. Now garage door openers come with a rolling code feature. It changes the code every time the unit is used. Duplicating the code is no longer possible.

4. Do you still use a key to open your garage door?

Nowadays, a keypad is mounted outside the garage that opens the door when you enter the correct code. You may be able to buy a keypad to install with your existing garage door opener. If not, though, this might be a good reason to upgrade. Plus, some newer keypad units eliminate the need to remember a code. They operate by touch, using fingerprint detection to open the door. Just another great safety feature.

5. Does your garage door opener have battery backup?

Power outages are a very real and serious problem for the homeowner without a battery backup! To be unable to leave home in an emergency because the door won’t open can be devastating. A battery backup system that will kick in automatically when you lose electrical power and is definitely worth considering as you contemplate replacing your garage door opener.

Geauga Door carries the most up to date models of safe, reliable garage door openers. If you aren’t sure whether you should replace yours or not, give us a call. We are the area’s oldest overhead door company. Since 1967 we have been serving customers and have worked with all makes and models of door openers both old and new.


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When was the last time you tried to sneak out of the house without your spouse or kids hearing you? Oh, you were being ‘good’ – you were planning a wonderful surprise and had to pick up a few last minute items. You ever-so-quietly grabbed the keys and your purse or wallet, then slowly crept through the door leading out to the garage. You silently opened the car door and even closed it without the slightest sound. Impressive! Everyone was on the other end of the house, so all was good to go – you made it! Until…

you hit the garage door button and the screeching brought the whole clan up wondering who was home or who was leaving! Caught! “Where are you going?” “Can I come?” “Why were you trying to sneak out?”

So much for the surprise…

Maybe it’s time for a little garage door lubricating! Your garage door needs a little regular  maintenance to keep it operating smoothly and safely. Geauga Door technicians perform tune-ups hundreds of times each year. For a thorough job, call and set up an appointment.

If you prefer to do it yourself, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Wipe out tracks, or vacuum if needed, to remove debris that may catch the rollers.
  • Put a drop of regular engine oil on each roller and allow the rolling action to draw it into the bearings. Do not use grease as a lubricant as it will just gum up the tracks and collect debris.
  • Lightly lubricate any bearings and garage door hinges.
  • Check the spring to make sure that it is lightly lubricated. If it gets dried out, it will clump and jam up your system.
  • If you have a chain-drive system, make sure the chain is lubricated.
  • Check the garage door itself and lightly oil connections. 

If this sounds a bit too time consuming and you aren’t feeling up to the challenge, our technicians can do it in a jiffy! As an overhead door company that has been in business since 1967, we know all about repairs and maintenance! Give us a call today.

A garage door is a good sized investment for any home owner. Take time for proper maintenance, and you will enjoy years of trouble free operation. And the next time you need to sneak out, you won’t get the third degree!