The Ultimate Guide to Today’s Garage Door Opener Features & Options

If you’re of a certain age, you likely remember what it used to take to open a garage door: putting the car in neutral, running out to lift the door, parking your car inside, and then manually lowering the door behind it. Those days are thankfully long gone, and today consumers have a wide range of garage door openers to choose from.

Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie offers a full line of automatic garage door openers, one of which is sure to be perfect for your needs. Let’s take a look at the different garage door openers now available, as well as all the options and features most modern models have.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Garage Door Opener

Before you dive in and buy a new garage door opener, it’s important to know what your basic needs are in terms of power, safety features, and installation requirements.

  • Horsepower. How powerful your new garage door opener needs to be depends on the size and weight of the garage door. For instance, if the garage door is wider than 20 feet, you’ll need at least a 1/2-HP opener, the most popular power rating for openers. Opening and closing speeds also vary according to horsepower, but the average opener lifts a garage door about six to eight inches per second. A good rule of thumb is to go for an opener that’s a little overpowered for your door. Heavier garage doors with insulation call for at least 3/4 HP, and solid wood doors need a 1-HP model.
  • Extension kits. If your garage door’s height is greater than seven feet, you’ll need an extension kit so the door opener can handle it.
  • Installation. While it’s certainly possible to install a garage opener yourself, hiring a professional is a relatively inexpensive option if you don’t have the time or skills to do it.

Types of Garage Door Openers

There are three main types of garage door openers:

  1. Chain-driven models are one of the most affordable and offer highly dependable performance.
  2. Belt-driven openers use a metal-reinforced belt to open the garage door. More expensive than chain-driven ones, they offer superior, quiet operation.
  3. Screw-driven models have a steel rod that runs on a lifting device. These models are noisier than chain- and belt-driven models but can be a good, affordable, and low-maintenance option.

Safety Features

No matter which type of garage door opener you choose, safety is an important feature to consider. Every year, tens of thousands of Americans who thought their garage door was safe get injured. Pinched fingers are the most common injury, followed by being struck by a falling garage door and lacerations from broken garage door windows. A trusted professional can ensure your garage door and opener are both installed safely. Here are the safety features to look for.

  • Automatic reverse. Federal law since 1993, automatic reverse switches the direction of a closing garage door when it encounters an unexpected object. The two most common mechanisms are electronic sensors at the base of the door and photoelectric eyes mounted at the door’s threshold that sense when something obstructs it. If you still have an older model garage door opener, investing in a newer version ensures you’re getting the latest in this safety technology.
  • Rolling code. The latest wireless technologies are great, but they also leave your opener vulnerable to hacks. Rolling code technology randomly chooses a new code every time you use the opener. Standard on all garage door openers since the early ’90s, rolling code protects your car, your home, and most importantly, you and your family.
  • Manual release. There are still times you’ll need to revert to the old-fashioned way of opening the garage door by hand. Modern garage doors are much heavier than older ones, but a spring system offers enough counter-balance so the door can be manually lifted. A manual release comes in handy if there’s a power loss at your home. It’s also a great diagnostic tool for checking the garage door is properly balanced.
  • Security lights. Security lights turn on automatically when the garage door opener is activated. They offer many benefits, including avoiding hitting something in the garage, making it easy to navigate the garage once you exit the car, and deterring intruders. While many models have a security light as a standard feature, newer models are connected to a motion detector, so the light also goes on when you enter the garage from an interior door.

Another feature to consider is a battery backup. Together with manual releases, battery backup ensures you can open your garage door during a temporary power outage. Once the power’s back on, the battery backup begins to recharge itself.

Central Indiana Garage Door Openers

Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis and Muncie proudly offers the finest in garage door and openers sales and service for our residential and commercial customers. To learn more or to upgrade your existing garage door opener, contact us today at 317-489-0825 or 765-215-2932.

What Do the Colors On My Garage Door Sensor Mean?

Federal consumer safety regulations require all garage door opener (GDO) systems to include sensors “to protect against entrapment.” It was updated in 2016 with new standards for GDO edge sensors.

If you think the garage door sensors are more of a nuisance than an operational aid, think again! Children and pets make fast, unpredictable movements, and they are most likely to suffer injury if a GDO malfunctions.

Why We Need Garage Door Sensors

GDO sensors are located close to the ground. The main reason we need garage door sensors is to protect property and people from injury. Unfortunately, burglars see GDOs as a great opportunity to sneak inside a garage. If your door hesitates or delays shutting, it’s a clue something or someone may have blocked the opening, even for a second.

Like your plumbing, heating and cooling systems, it’s important to keep your home’s garage door opener and sensors in good working order.

How They Work

Two aligned sensors are located on either side of your garage door, about 6″ from the floor. An infrared beam passes between the sensors and if anything blocks the beam, the door automatically stops. Many garage door systems are “universal.” This means they’ll work with most brand-name GDOs to provide the same level of safety and security.

6 Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Never attempt to “fix” the cables that raise and lower your door. They have enough tension to cause serious injury or death. If you suspect your rollers or cables need repair, contact your local overhead garage door technicians immediately.

Here are 6 maintenance tips to keep your garage door opener and its sensors working effectively:

  1. Clean the sensors – The sensor “eyes” can get dirty; simply wipe them clean occasionally.
  2. Look/listen – Pay attention to your door’s appearance as it rolls up and down. Listen for unusual sounds.
  3. Replace the weatherstripping – The rubber strip on the bottom of your door can crack and deteriorate with age. You can buy replacement strips at most hardware/home improvement stores.
  4. Test the sensors – Put a small object on the ground in the door’s path. The door should immediately reverse when it touches the object. As it’s coming down, pass your leg into its path. The door should immediately reverse.
  5. Visually inspect the door – Look for cracks or warps in the wood. Steel doors may develop rust spots that need to be treated.
  6. Wash your door – You should consider using a mild all-purpose cleaner or even soap and water to clean your door at least once every 2-3 months or more.

Clues Your Garage Door Opener Sensors Are Malfunctioning

The main causes of GDO sensor problems are dirty lenses, damaged components or misalignments. Your first task is to clean the lenses. If that isn’t the fix, it’s time to call your Central Indiana garage door professionals.

If one or both sensors malfunction:

  • Your door may stop midway and reverse direction.
  • It might not open.
  • It may open but not close.
  • You may see a flashing light on the sensor’s overhead unit or wall panel.

What Do the Lights and Colors Mean?

Your GDO manufacturer will have detailed information about your opener and sensors on its website. Flashing lights indicate a problem. A glowing amber light is normal; it’s usually part of the door’s descending “line of sight” or the “transmitter.”

Generally speaking:

  • Green is good. Your “receiver” is a green LED and should be on.
  • Red is a problem.

Central Indiana Garage Doors & Openers

Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis and Muncie is proud to be the most knowledgeable and experienced provider of garage doors and openers sales and service for homes and businesses.

Be sure to check out our specialsCall 317-489-0825 in Indianapolis or 765-215-2932 in Muncie, or contact Overhead Door Co. to learn more about garage door sensors.

Why Won’t My Garage Door Open?

If you’re like many Central Indiana commuters, you may feel a sense of smugness as you exit your garage and drive to work in your warm, dry, clean car. Other, snow-covered vehicles look like they’ve been dug out of an avalanche. That’s the advantage of private garage parking, especially in a region that gets extreme winter weather.

There’s really only one disadvantage to garage parking. What if the garage door won’t open?

The garage door doesn’t open as you’re preparing to leave. This only happens when you’re already running late. And if it won’t open when you’re returning home, Murphy’s law says it’s likely freezing rain is accumulating on your windshield faster than your wipers can keep up.

When Your Garage Door Won’t Open: Think Before You Act

The numbers are too high.

A stunning 30,000 garage door accidents injure people every year. There are far too many fatalities, and many of those involve children. It’s critical to keep your garage door and its opener in working order — and when you encounter a problem, know when to call a professional for help instead of wading into too-deep DIY waters.

6 Garage Door Problems and What to Do

When your garage door won’t open, clear the area of children and pets before you investigate the problem. Here are six reasons why your garage door may not open and what you can do:

  1. Broken springs – Like most moving mechanical parts, your garage door’s torsion springs can only last so long. When they break, they make a loud pop! like a firecracker. Don’t try to open the door. Call your garage door professionals to replace torsion springs.
  2. Dead batteries – Your wall-mounted transmitter or in-car, remote-control batteries are dead. Battery replacement is a DIY job. If the garage door opener batteries are dead in your car, they’re likely dead or dying in any other vehicles you own, too, so replace them all.
  3. Disconnect switch tripped – If the motor runs but nothing happens, you might have a disconnect switch problem. If it simply came unhooked, this can be a DIY fix.
  4. Locked manual lock – If there’s a knob in the middle of your garage door, it is likely the manual lock. Sometimes these or the buttons that control them get bumped. This locks your garage door from the inside.
  5. Malfunctioning photo eye – The “photo eyes” communicate with each other to tell your garage door system if there’s something in its path. Your garage door will malfunction if the photo eyes are dirty or misaligned. If cleaning them doesn’t work, you need to call your local garage door professionals.
  6. Misaligned track – Your garage door has a metal track with rollers that operate on a rail. If the rollers or rail are damaged, you might see gaps between them. It can be dangerous if the door won’t operate due to track misalignment, so don’t fool around with it. In addition to personal injury risks, you might cause additional, costly damage to your garage door. Contact your garage door company as soon as possible.

Garage Door Opener Installation, Repair, or Replacement

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Since 1921, Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis and Muncie has been the recognized leader for commercial, industrial and residential integrated door and operator systems. We serve communities in Delaware, Hamilton, Madison, Marion and nearby counties with garage door solutions, plus:

Call 317-489-3708 in Indianapolis or 765-273-2503 in Muncie, or contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis and Muncie today. We are happy to help.

How to Reset Garage Door Opener Limit Switches

Is your garage door behaving erratically? Something could be wrong with the limit switches, which are settings that tell the garage door opener when to stop. An incorrectly programmed limit switch could prevent the door from opening or closing all the way. It could also cause the door to open again after hitting the ground. The key to fixing these problems is to reset the limit switches.

If you need a new garage door opener or remote system call 317-489-0825 for a free quote. 

Garage Door Doesn’t Open All the Way

  • Press the button on your remote to open the garage door. Measure the distance from the top of the garage door opening to the bottom of the garage door in inches.
  • Stand on a step ladder to reach the up limit switch adjustment screw on the side of the garage door opener.
  • Using a flathead screwdriver, turn the screw clockwise one full turn for every 3 inches you need the door to raise so it opens all the way.
  • Open and close the garage door. If the problem remains, continue adjusting the up limit switch until the door operates normally.

Garage Door Doesn’t Close All the Way

  • Press the button on your remote to close the garage door. When the door stops, measure the distance from the ground to the bottom of the garage door in inches.
  • Using a flathead screwdriver, turn the down limit switch adjustment screw on the side of the garage door opener counterclockwise one full turn for every 3 inches you need the door to lower so it closes all the way.
  • Open and close the garage door. If the problem remains, continue adjusting the down limit switch until the door operates normally.

Garage Door Closes & Opens Back Up

  • Press the button on your remote to operate the garage door. If it closes and then begins to open again, you need to adjust the down limit.
  • Using a flathead screwdriver, turn the down limit switch adjustment screw on the side of the garage door opener clockwise by one turn.
  • Open and close the garage door, adjusting the down limit switch one turn at a time until the door operates normally.

Schedule Garage Door Repair in Indianapolis & Muncie

If you need more help resetting your garage door opener limit switches, or your garage door has another problem, please get in touch with Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. We offer premium garage door repairs at affordable prices in Indianapolis, Muncie and surrounding communities.

For garage door repair, contact us by calling (317) 489-0825 (Indianapolis) or (765) 215-2932 (Muncie) today!

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Garage Door Troubleshooting Tips

You count on your garage door opener to function so you can get your car in and out of the garage. If you’re experiencing a problem, try these garage door troubleshooting tips to get things working again.

Door Won’t Go Up

Before you blame the opener, check to see if the problem lies with the door. From the closed position, pull the emergency release cord hanging down from the trolley carriage. Now, attempt to lift the garage door by hand. If it feels too heavy to lift, something is wrong with the tracks, springs, cables or rollers. Repairing these components can be dangerous, so you should leave the task to a professional.

Door Won’t Go Down

If the door only goes down when you hold the wall switch, the safety sensors might be out of alignment. Holding down the wall switch is a safety override, but you want the door to operate normally so you can use your remote.

Look in the bottom corners of the garage door for small light sensors. They should both glow to indicate that nothing is between them and the door is safe to operate. A little adjusting should realign the beam. If no light is showing from either sensor, you should replace them both.

Dysfunctional Wall Switch

If the remote works but the wall switch doesn’t, the switch itself or the wires behind it may be faulty. Unscrew the switch from the wall and locate the two wires inside. Touch them together (don’t worry—the low voltage wires won’t shock you) and see if the door operates.

If it does, simply replace the switch to get things working again. If it doesn’t, this means the wires are bad. Make sure the staples holding them to the wall aren’t pinching and shorting out the wires. If you decide to replace them, choose 18- to 22-gauge wire.

Dysfunctional Remote

If the wall switch works but the remote doesn’t, change the batteries. If you still get nothing, replace the remote with a model compatible with your garage door opener. Can’t find one to match your ancient opener? Try a universal remote or install a new receiver compatible with modern remotes. As an added bonus, this updates your opener to the new rolling code technology for added security.

Installing a new receiver is easy. Simply plug it into an outlet close to the garage door opener and run the wires to the same terminals on the back of the opener that the wall switch is connected to.

Grinding Sounds Coming from the Opener

If the opener makes a grinding sound but the door doesn’t operate, there could be a problem with the main drive gear. This is a plastic component that links up with the worm drive gear on the motor.

The main drive gear is the most liable component to fail, but replacing it can be a bit complicated. You need to take apart the opener and remove several other parts before you can even reach the gear. Once it’s out, you need to replace it with a new gear and shaft, lubricate the assembly, and rebuild the garage door opener. If this sounds too tricky, leave the repair to a professional.

Schedule Garage Door Repair in Indianapolis & Muncie

If these troubleshooting tips aren’t enough to get your garage door up and running again, please contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. Our knowledgeable, experienced technicians perform premium garage door repairs at affordable prices for residential and commercial customers in Indianapolis, Muncie and surrounding communities.

What to Do if Your Garage Door Cable Snaps

Automatic garage doors feature cables on each side to lift and lower the door with ease. These cables are robust, but wear and tear can eventually take its toll, causing the cables to lose tension, fray or snap. Several things can go wrong if you put off garage door cable repair or attempt a DIY fix-it job. To help you avoid further damage or personal injury, follow these tips for what to do if your garage door cable snaps.

Understanding Garage Door Cables

Your garage door features different cables depending on what types of springs it uses.

  • Lift cables are found in garage doors with torsion springs. In this configuration, the cables are attached to the bottom corners of the door and routed to the torsion springs located above the door.
  • Retaining cables are found in garage doors with extension springs. In this scenario, the cables are located inside the springs, which run vertically along the left and right sides of the garage door. The purpose of retaining cables is to prevent the springs from flying across the room if they break.

Both are heavy-duty twisted cables consisting of several strands of galvanized wire. They usually operate for years without incident, but problems such as faulty bearings in a pulley, excessive moisture near the bottom of the garage door or poor track alignment may accelerate wear, rust and corrosion. With routine visual inspections, you may be able to prevent a fraying cable from snapping.

Avoid Using Your Garage Door & Call for Service Immediately

A broken cable causes extra tension to transfer to the other cable, placing tremendous strain on it. This can make the garage door lift unevenly, causing it to become crooked and unbalanced. Therefore, if your garage door is squeaking, shaking or operating strangely, this could mean a cable has snapped. Refrain from using the door again until a professional can take a look.

If your garage door is stuck open with a broken cable, this leaves your home exposed. To prevent this, you need to cut the unbroken cable so the door will lower, securing your home until a professional can take a look. A garage door repair technician would replace both cables as a precaution anyway, so this won’t increase your repair cost.

NOTE: Use extreme caution when attempting this, and make sure several people are there to assist with lowering the door slowly and carefully once the cable is cut.

Why You Should Not Fix Your Garage Door Cable Yourself

We highly recommend hiring a professional to perform garage door cable repair. Thousands of non-professionals are injured every year from attempting to repair broken garage doors. If you don’t have knowledge and experience with garage door repair, don’t put yourself in a potentially life-threatening situation — contact a professional to perform a safe, reliable repair on your behalf.

The repair will also include an inspection of the garage door’s overall performance. If the technician finds problems that could lead to excessive cable wear and tear, adjustments can be made to prolong the life of all door components.

Contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie for 24/7 Garage Door Repair

Whether you suspect a fraying garage door cable or the cable has already snapped, call Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie right away for a diagnosis and repair. Our technicians have the know-how to determine what’s wrong and get your garage door operating smoothly again. No matter the problem, we promise to deliver a premium garage door repair at an affordable price.

Contact us today to schedule garage door cable repair in Indianapolis, Muncie or surrounding cities.

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Who Replaces Garage Doors Near Me?

When it’s time to replace your garage door, you want to make sure you choose the right company to help you with your replacement project. Of course, the first thing to do is choose a company who understands your needs.

If you are in Indianapolis or the surrounding areas and wondering “Who offers garage door replacement near me?” look no further than Overhead Door Company! Our professionals can help you with all sizes of garage door installation and replacement projects—no matter if you are looking for a smaller garage door to suit your home or the most secure to help further protect your family.

Our number one priority is your satisfaction, and we make sure to do everything we can to help make your life easier with a wide range of comprehensive services and helpful guidance along the way in order to build a lasting relationship with our valued customers.

Garage Door Replacement Near Me

Let’s face it, that old, tired garage door that you’ve had for decades has served you well—but it’s definitely time for an upgraded! With Overhead Door Company of Indianapolis & Muncie, you’ll never have to ask “Who offers garage door replacement near me?” again! Our garage door experts can help you choose the perfect replacement garage door that suits your home and your budget! For your convenience, you can even try our garage door visualizer—an online interactive way to see what your home will look like with a variety of styles and designs with a simple click!

Garage Door Repair & Replacement in Indianapolis & Muncie

Over the years, Overhead Door Company has been committed to providing superior customer service and an unmatched quality of workmanship with each and every visit. We believe it has been our commitment to excellence and integrity that has helped us to remain successful for 90 years. With Overhead Door Company you’ll never have to ask yourself “Who replaces garage doors near me?” again!

If you are ready to get started on your garage door project in Indianapolis or Muncie, be sure to contact us onlineor call one of our garage door replacement specialists today!

Should You Install a Garage Door With or Without Windows?

When you start looking to replace or install a new garage door, you’re going to come across the issue of whether or not you want the door to include windows. Follow along with the experts at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie to find out whether or not you should have windows on your garage door!

To Install Windows or Not to Install Window?

While the question is largely one of personal tastes and design, there are still some considerations that should be taken into account. Let’s look at it this way:

What We Love About Garage Door Windows

The benefits of including nice, high-quality glass in a door are actually pretty big, including:

  • More natural light. Many garage areas turn out to be pretty dark and dank, even on the brightest of spring afternoons. By adding windows you get a whole lot more bright, natural lighting, which is a cost-effective way to illuminate space. It’s also pleasant, and more desirable than LED or fluorescent bulbs.
  • More options. Every single thing you include in or around your home is a reflection of your personal design tastes. So naturally adding more design options is never remiss! From size, to shape, to glass type, there are lots of garage door window choices to make, and this can both be fun and help you to love your new garage door even more.
  • Uniformity. For many homes a garage is just kind of an unwieldy block of materials. Adding customized glass windows can do a lot to beautify your garage and make it feel a lot more like it belongs with your home.

What We Don’t Love

There’s really only one big drawback to installing windows, and that’s security. Glass won’t hurt the structure or durability of your garage door at all, but glass is also a good bit more brittle than metal or fiberglass. That means a stray object could shatter the glass, inviting intrusion.

Having said that, though, there are lots of secure glass options, including reinforced glass. Additionally most windows aren’t really large enough to really allow intrusion in the first place. But it’s worth considering, and should factor into your decision for sure.

Garage Door Installation & Replacement in Indianapolis & Muncie

Whether you love the idea of glass included or not, you’ll find the options and superior quality products you need with Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie! Our specialists are dedicated to helping you choose the door that best suits you, so give us a call or contact us online today!

What Causes Garage Doors to Open By Themselves?

A garage door opening by itself is a relatively rare occurrence with today’s modern garage door opening systems. In the past, random radio interference or a neighbor with a similar system could cause a garage door to open at seemingly random times, but today’s systems feature rolling codes and other protections that make the phenomenon less likely. It can still happen, however, and the cause should be investigated to protect your security, privacy and property.

Possible Causes

If the garage door in your Indiana home is opening seemingly at will, there could be several possible causes, including:

  • Improperly set limits: If the down limit for your door is set too far, the door will close fully before the system thinks it should, and the system will reopen it, believing an obstacle is present. This is a safety feature, and it can be corrected by adjusting the limits properly.
  • Misaligned optical sensors: Another safety feature, the optical sensors or “eyes” create an invisible beam across the door opening, and if an obstacle, such as a child, crosses it, the door will open to prevent accidents. Check and align the optical sensors, if necessary.
  • Weak batteries: Sometimes, weak batteries in the remote can cause a garage door to open randomly. Replace the batteries and test the system.
  • Sticky keys: Keys that are sticky or defective on the keypad, wall button or remote can cause the door to open accidentally. Clean or replace the affected components.
  • Electrical problems: Short circuits or damaged wires in the keypad, remote, wall button, or the associated wiring may cause the door to open randomly. Have the system inspected for problems.
  • Damaged circuits: Circuit boards in the door opener, keypad or wall button that have been damaged by electrical storms, brownouts or voltage spikes could behave unpredictably. Have the components tested and replaced, if necessary.

If you cannot determine the cause of the problem, it is best to have a professional inspect the system to protect your home and ensure that your garage door opener does not have a major problem.

Garage Door Repair in Indianapolis, Muncie and the Surrounding Areas

For garage door opener inspections and repairs in the Indianapolis area, look no further than Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. For 80 years, we have been providing Indiana residents with quality garage door repair, installation and replacement services.

Contact us today for fast, reliable repairs!

Where Can I Find Garage Door Repair Near Me?

Dealing with a damaged or misbehaving garage door is a bad enough problem all its own. But then you have to worry about finding the right team for your garage door repair service! Tired of asking yourself “where can I find garage door repair near me?” You don’t have to anymore—you just found Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie!

For fast, reliable and cost-effective repair service, you can trust Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie to get the job done right. Give us a call at 317-489-0825 or contact us online to get started.

Repair Service in Central Indiana

No matter the problem—small or large, or something in between, we’ve seen it and we’ve fixed it. Home and business owners in central Indiana have been trusting our specialists for decades, and we provide all you need for top-quality service with leading results. Each member of our repair team is certified and licensed, as well as extensively experienced in providing all repair services.

You can trust us to repair garage door problems that include:

  • Stuck garage doors, or doors that stop part way during operation
  • Garage doors that refuse to open
  • Loud or odd sounds when the door operates
  • Keypad troubleshooting
  • Broken or cracked glass
  • And more

Not sure if repair is going to cut it? We’ve got you covered there, too. Our team of specialists can offer complete replacement services as well as repair. We’re about offering perfect service, bringing you the best and most cost-effective solutions to suit your needs. We even offer complete 24-hour garage door services, including repair and installation. We never want you to have to go without or compromise your home’s security, so we’re sure to keep our doors open and a specialist at the ready at all times.

Garage Door Repair Service Near You in Indianapolis & Muncie!

When you want top-class service from a team that puts your needs first, you don’t need to look far. Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie offers complete service and care for our central Indiana clients, so you always know who you can rely on to get the job done.