Come check out the Consolidated Doors booth @ the NARI Home Improvement Show this weekend at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis! Check out our products, meet our knowledgeable and helpful staff, and let them help you build ideas for your next home improvement project! You can find us all weekend, and the show hours and admissions are as follows:
Thursday, February 16: noon – 8pm
Friday, February 17: 10am – 8pm
Saturday, February 18: 10am – 8pm
Sunday, February 19: 10am – 5pm
Adults: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Children (17 and under): FREE
Seniors (60+): $8
Military: FREE with ID
We hope to see you there!
It can be a little unnerving when you first realize you’ve misplaced your garage door remote. For starters, you may have to think a second on how you ever got into your home before you had it… And now that it’s gone, what happens if someone else finds it? Here are a few points to ponder should the unthinkable ever happen to you.
Step One: Don’t Panic
This is just excellent advice all around. Close your eyes, take a few deep, measured breaths and…
Step Two: Retrace your steps
Before you run out and replace your lost remote, spend a few more minutes double checking your surroundings. If you may have removed the remote from your vehicle, retrace your steps. Did you perhaps set it on a kitchen counter? Also, check in and around your vehicle; under and between your seats and anywhere else a remote may slip. If you can locate your old remote BEFORE replacing it, you’ll save yourself time and a little money.
Step Three: When it’s gone, and it ain’tcomin’ back
If completely…. ABSOLUTELY… sure your remote has gone the way of the dodo, NOW is the time to act. A garage door remote is effectively a key to your home, and all its contents.
To deactivate your remotes: Press the Smart button (located on the motor housing of your opener) and hold for a few seconds – and all remotes and keypads will be deprogrammed. Once this is done, you may follow the instructions from the manufacturer to reprogram your spare remotes and keypads – or pick yourself up and program a universal remote according to its instructions.
And to avoid this again…
Thankfully, continuing advancements in technology have given birth to new, even MORE convenient solutions than previously provided by a remote. A Liftmaster garage door opener with MyQ (built in or added though a MyQ adapter) gives you the ability to open, close and reprogram your door RIGHT from your phone – something you probably already keep on you at all times anyway. Openers with the MyQ system also provide up-to-the-second status updates as to whether your door is open or closed – extra visibility providing extra security.
Also, always keep your car doors locked, and all possessions, including remotes, out of plain view.
If you would like an opener featuring the MyQ system installed in your home, contact Consolidated Doors! We can send out a technician with a new opener equipped with MyQ… Often on the same day! Or, feel free to stop in at your retail locations in Milwaukee , Waukesha , or West Bend . We stock complete lines of parts to cover the needs of Installers, Wholesalers or even the Do-It-Yourselfer. Stop in and see us today!
Every year, as the days get shorter and the daily temps start to plummet – our outdoor possessions can freeze to the ground – and if it’s your garage door, you could potentially be left stuck at home! Thankfully, you can use these quick, easy remedies to “unstick” yourself and get on with your day.
What doesn’t work:
Let’s start with a couple methods we’ve heard that…. Maybe don’t work so well. First off, don’t try to pry under the door with ANY kind of object. You may damage the weather seal (leading to more door freezes) or even damage the entire lower panel of your door!
Also, resist the temptation to cycle your opener (operator) repeatedly to break the door loose. Your opener may come with overload protection, but it is not intended to bear any greater load than the doors regular weight (assisted by torsion springs).
Step One: Disconnect the Opener
As we mentioned earlier, your opener is only rated to lift the normal load of your garage door – not the extra weight added by overcoming a frozen edge. Start by disconnecting your opener from the track. This can be easily accomplished by pulling straight down on the handle leading up to the opener’s track. (For more info on how to disconnect / reconnect the opener to the track – please see this FAQ from Liftmaster https://liftmaster.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2684 or this video https://youtu.be/dcGl7nmlRRI )
Let’s get to the root of the problem: All that ice and snow. If you find a large build-up of ice or snow on the outside of the door, make sure to scrape it away with a shovel or ice-scrapper. You may then use a hair-dryer or heat gun to soften the offending ice beneath the door. Avoid using buckets of hot water to accomplish this: you may just add more water to freeze the door again later!Applying dry heat will help unstick the frozen door without adding more condensation which can refreeze later. If utilizing a heat gun, take care not to let the gun stray too long in any one spot so you don’t damage the weather seal or the door’s finish. Consider using a chemical de-icer afterwards to prevent the melted ice from hunkering back into place.
Once the ice lets loose of your door, you should be able to lift it by hand. You may find this easier to accomplish from the inside of your garage, where you can get better footing and leverage. Some doors, of course, may be too heavy to safely lift on your own – get a friend to help, or request service from Consolidated Doors! Our season technicians will get you unstuck and on your way in no time!
Step Four: Reconnect the opener
Now your door should be opening and closing again with ease – So let’s reconnect the opener! Close the door first, then pull the release handle TOWARD the opener to reconnect it. You won’t need to worry where the connection takes place along the track, it will align itself during the course of normal use.
Last Step: Dry away the excess moisture
Keeping your garage floor swept and clean from debris is a good idea all year round. It is particularly important to maintain safe surfaces during the winter months for safety, cleanliness, and to avoid preventable problems like frozen garage doors. Be sure to sweep your floor immediately after unsticking your door – pushing all ice and debris outside your garage and away from the opening. Don’t forget to clear ice and slush away from your vehicles – all that slush will just drop off in your garage and begin the problem anew.
For any garage door service needs, contact Consolidated Doors @ (414) 453-8448 in the Great Milwaukee area, (262) 334-8008 in West Bend, and (920) 261-1954 for Watertown service. We service all makes and models of Residential and Commercial Overhead doors!