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Safety is a priority for all homeowners––everyone wants their families and visitors to feel safe. In recent years, the safety of your garage has drastically increased with the innovation of automatically reversing doors; this is the feature that causes your garage door to retract upwards if it senses something obstructing its path. To keep your children and pets even safer, you should regularly check that your garage door reversal feature is working properly.

First Ensure that Your Garage Door Has a Reversal Feature

It’s easy to check for this feature: when standing inside your garage with the door closed, you should be able to see two sensors (known as “eyes”) located about half a foot off the ground on either side of the door. (Often these garage door sensors will display a green or red light.) These two eyes are very important, because they detect any objects that might be under the door. These eyes are required features, and they must be kept in working order.

If your garage door doesn’t have these sensors at the bottom, then it doesn’t have an automatic reversal function, and it must be replaced. Federal law mandates that garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required to have this advanced safety feature. 

Because the reversal feature is so important for the safety of those in your household, it’s important to check at least once a month to make sure that it’s still functioning properly. Follow these three simple steps from Garage Door Guy Blog to ensure that your garage door reversal feature is working and keeping your family safe.

  1. Open the garage door completely and place a full roll of paper towels on the floor beneath the center of your garage door.
  2. Use either your garage door remote or the nearest wired button to close the door. When the door strikes the roll of paper towels, it should reverse.
  3. If the door reverses, then your system is safe and secure. However, if the garage door reverse function does not pass the test, you’ll need to hire a certified technician to adjust the system They will need to repair or replace either the sensor eyes, the opener, or even the entire door.

If you are having problems with your reverse function, call us today!

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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April 30, 2014

“Isham Cross said he noticed a window screen had been removed from his storage building and that a garage door opener was missing. Further investigation revealed the garage door opener had possibly been moved to another location, but it was never located.”

April 25, 2014

“Thieves Steal Garage Door Openers To Use In Home Break-ins”

Jan 13, 2014

“The thieves are stealing garage door openers and taking car registration information from the glove box. More than a half-dozen people reported break ins.”

These are indeed disturbing reports.

But these are common forms of home burglary. Open garage doors or garage doors that are accessed using a stolen garage door opener are invitations for thieves to ‘come on in.’ Many homeowners fail to realize that many thieves drive around looking for open garage doors from which they can help themselves to the contents.

Always keep your garage door closed.

Many people think they don’t have to worry about thieves in their neighborhood because it’s a safe neighborhood. But that’s exactly where thieves go to steal. It takes but a few seconds to open a car door and grab the operator or other belongings.

Also important is to keep the door leading from the garage into your home locked. If a thief breaks into your garage, don’t give him an open invite into your home as well.

Keep your door operator with you.
Don’t leave the garage remote attached to the visor in your vehicle! Either lock the remote in a secure place such as the glove box or invest in a remote you can attach to your key ring.

If you have concerns about the safety of your residential or commercial garage door or operator, give us a call. We service all makes and models of doors and operators and would be happy to answer any questions.


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