The Tech Behind Modern Garage Door Openers

The Tech Behind Modern Garage Door Openers

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, even the most mundane aspects of our lives are being touched by innovation. One such example is the unassuming garage door opener. Once a simple device used solely for convenience, garage door openers have undergone a technological transformation that not only enhances our daily routines but also ensures security and peace of mind. In this blog, we delve into the world of technology and garage door openers, exploring how these unassuming gadgets have become sophisticated pieces of modern smart homes.

From Mechanical to Digital: The Evolution of Garage Door Openers

Gone are the days of manually wrestling with heavy garage doors or fumbling with keys to unlock them. The inception of garage door openers marked a turning point in convenience and accessibility. Initially, these openers operated using basic radio frequencies and a remote control, enabling users to open and close their garage doors without leaving their vehicles. However, these early models had limitations in terms of range and security.

Smart Technology Meets Garage Doors

Fast forward to today, and the world of garage door openers has been revolutionized by smart technology. The integration of Wi-Fi, smartphone apps, and even artificial intelligence has transformed these humble devices into integral components of the broader smart home ecosystem. Here’s a look at some of the technological advancements shaping modern garage door openers:

Smartphone Connectivity

With the advent of mobile apps, garage door openers can now be controlled remotely using smartphones and tablets. This means you can open, close, and even monitor the status of your garage door from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.

Voice Activation

Thanks to voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, you can now control your garage door using voice commands. This seamless integration allows for hands-free operation and further enhances the convenience factor.

Security Features

Modern garage door openers come equipped with advanced security features, such as rolling codes and encryption. Rolling codes generate a new code every time the door is operated, preventing potential hackers from intercepting and replicating the signal.

Integration with Home Security Systems

Many garage door openers can now be integrated with broader home security systems. This means that if your garage door opens unexpectedly or is tampered with, you’ll receive an instant alert on your smartphone.


Some smart garage door openers utilize geofencing technology to automatically open or close the door when you approach or leave your home. This eliminates the need to manually operate the door, saving you time and ensuring your garage is secure even if you forget to close it.

Battery Backup

Power outages can render traditional garage door openers useless. Modern openers often include battery backup systems, ensuring that you can still operate the door during such situations.

Remote Access Sharing

Need to grant someone access to your garage while you’re away? Many smart openers allow you to share remote access with family members, friends, or service providers temporarily.

The Future of Garage Door Openers

As technology continues to advance, we can expect even more exciting developments in the realm of garage door openers. Machine learning algorithms might further enhance security by recognizing patterns in operation and alerting homeowners to any anomalies. Integration with smart city infrastructure could lead to garage doors that open automatically when emergency vehicles approach, aiding rapid response times.

In conclusion, the unassuming garage door opener has come a long way from its humble beginnings. It has evolved into a sophisticated piece of technology that seamlessly integrates with our modern lives. As smart homes become the norm, garage door openers stand as a prime example of how technology enhances convenience, security, and connectivity in our daily routines. So the next time you press that button or give that voice command, remember the intricate web of technology that’s working behind the scenes to make your life just a little bit easier.

DIY and Garage Door Installation

DIY and Garage Door Installation

Should You Install a Garage Door Yourself?

A garage door, seemingly harmless, plays a crucial role in our everyday lives. It provides security for our vehicles, storage space, is often the main entrance to our homes, and even adds to the aesthetic appeal of our homes. 

However, beneath its simple exterior lies a complex installation process that can be quite a challenge for even the most experienced DIY enthusiast. In this blog, we’ll delve into the various aspects that make installing a garage door an intimidating task and explore why it might be best left to the professionals. 

Do you need any kind of permit to install a garage door? 

The short answer is no. Some home projects require you to obtain a permit. These are typically projects that alter the footprint of your home. These may be additions, decks, sheds or shops, or some electrical or plumbing work. But at the time of this article (October 2023),  if you want to replace your garage door, you are not required to obtain a permit.

Why do some people choose DIY Garage Door Installation?

There are benefits to DIY and what it usually comes down to is saving money. Hiring a professional costs money therefore, installing a garage door yourself could help you save money.  Other than the convenience of doing it yourself by not having to schedule installation with a garage door installer, money is really the main driver for DIY garage door installation.

You can, but should you?

We’ve already established that you can install a new garage door yourself, but just because we can doesn’t mean we should.  There really are more risks with DIY garage door installation than benefits. Again, you will save money but we’ve heard plenty of stories of gruesome injuries and costly repairs to confidently, and strongly recommend anyone who is thinking about installing their garage door themselves, to avoid it and call a professional instead

The list below provides a few reasons why we recommend having an experienced professional install your garage door. 

1. Complexity of Components

A garage door system consists of numerous components, such as tracks, rollers, springs, cables, hinges, and panels. Each of these parts needs to be precisely aligned and installed to ensure the door’s smooth and safe operation. A small mistake in the installation of any one component can lead to a cascade of issues that affect the entire system’s functionality.

2. Weight and Size

Garage doors are heavy. They can weigh several hundred pounds, depending on the material and size. Handling these massive doors can be dangerous without proper equipment and knowledge. A misstep during installation could result in serious injuries or damage to your garage door and opener.

3. Tension and Springs

Garage door springs are under immense tension, which allows them to counterbalance the door’s weight and make it easier to open and close. Dealing with these high-tension springs demands specific techniques and tools. An incorrect adjustment or mishandling of the springs could lead to accidents, including the spring snapping or the door falling unexpectedly.

4. Precision and Alignment

Achieving proper alignment of the tracks and rollers is crucial for a garage door to operate smoothly. Even a slight misalignment can cause the door to jam or come off its tracks. Ensuring that the door is level, plumb, and balanced requires a keen eye and a good understanding of mechanics.

5. Electrical Components

Many modern garage doors come with electrical components like motors, sensors, and remote control systems. Installing these components involves understanding wiring, programming, and troubleshooting. Incorrect wiring or programming could lead to malfunctions or safety hazards.

6. Safety Concerns

The installation of a garage door involves several safety hazards, from the heavy components to the electrical connections. It’s essential to have a good understanding of safety protocols, the right protective gear, and proper lifting techniques to prevent accidents during the installation process.

7. Professional Expertise

Given the complexities and potential risks involved, enlisting the services of a professional garage door installer is a wise choice. These experts have the experience, knowledge, and tools to ensure a smooth and safe installation process. They can handle all the technical aspects, from precise measurements to proper component alignment, while you focus on other aspects of your life. 

8. Consider Warranties

Many garage door manufacturers have a warranty for your garage door system and there are many things that could void your warranty. Some manufacturer warranties also require a professional to install your garage door because suppliers know that many post-installation issues with a garage door system are directly related to how it was installed. 

Also, many local garage door companies have their own warranty for the workmanship (installation) of your garage door system. If you decide to install a garage door yourself and something goes wrong due to improper installation, the cost to fix may be on you. 

Better Left to a Professional Garage Door Installer

While DIY projects can be satisfying, installing a garage door proves to be a challenging endeavor that requires a deep understanding of mechanics, safety protocols, and precision. The intricate components, weight, tension, and electrical aspects of a garage door demand the skills of a seasoned professional. By entrusting the installation to experts, you ensure a safe, reliable, and functional garage door for many years.

10 Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open (and Some Quick Fixes)

10 Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open (and Some Quick Fixes)

Your garage door is an essential part of your daily routine, providing convenient access to cars and additional storage space. However, there might come a time when you find your garage door refusing to budge, leaving you puzzled and inconvenienced. Before you panic and call a professional, consider these ten common reasons why your garage door won’t open – and how you might be able to fix them yourself.

1. Power Supply Issues

One of the most common reasons for a non-responsive garage door is a power outage or a disrupted power supply. Make sure the opener is plugged in and that the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped. Sometimes, a simple power cycle can do the trick.

2. Dead Batteries

If your garage door remote or keypad uses batteries, they might be dead. Replace the batteries and see if that resolves the issue. It’s a quick and inexpensive fix that can save you a lot of trouble.

3. Disengaged Emergency Release

Most garage doors have an emergency release cord that allows you to manually open the door. If this cord has been pulled or disengaged accidentally, the door won’t open automatically. Re-engage the cord according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Sensor Obstruction

Garage doors have safety sensors located near the bottom of the door tracks. If these sensors detect an obstruction, such as a person or an object in the door’s path, the door won’t close or open. Make sure the sensors are clean and properly aligned.

5. Misaligned Tracks

If the tracks that guide your garage door are misaligned, it can prevent the door from opening smoothly. Inspect the tracks for any bends, gaps, or debris. Use a rubber mallet to gently tap them back into alignment if needed.

6. Broken Springs

Garage door springs help counterbalance the weight of the door, making it easier to open and close. If a spring breaks, the door can become extremely heavy and difficult to lift. Broken springs require professional repair, as they can be dangerous to handle without the proper tools and expertise.

7. Damaged Cables

Similar to springs, cables play a crucial role in the operation of your garage door. If a cable snaps, it can lead to uneven lifting and cause the door to get stuck. This is another issue that’s best left to professionals to fix.

8. Motor Issues

The garage door opener’s motor can suffer from various issues over time, such as worn gears or a burnt-out motor. Listen for any unusual sounds when you try to open the door – grinding or humming noises might indicate a motor problem.

9. Malfunctioning Remote/Keypad

If you’re using a remote control or keypad to operate your garage door, a malfunction in these devices could prevent the door from opening. Try resetting the remote or reprogramming the keypad according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have an Overhead Door® Brand garage door remote or keypad, you can view these programming instructions.

10. Locked Door

It might sound obvious, but double-check if your garage door is locked. Some doors have a manual lock feature that, when engaged, prevents the door from being opened even with the remote or keypad.

Reach out to a Garage Door Professional

In conclusion, a non-opening garage door doesn’t always necessitate a costly repair visit. With a little troubleshooting and attention to detail, you might be able to identify and fix the issue yourself. However, keep in mind that certain problems, such as broken springs or cables, require professional intervention due to safety risks. If your attempts at troubleshooting yourself don’t help fix your issues, then contact us to have our garage door repair experts diagnose and fix the problem.

Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open

Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Open

You go to leave your house, you click your garage door opener and your garage door doesn’t open. You’re already running late to work and the last thing you need is to be stuck in your garage.

For homeowners, It’s common to experience this type of scenario. But it’s also a really good thing to know the reasons why the garage door won’t open. Knowing why something in your home isn’t working properly allows you to tell the repair company exactly what’s going on. It also prevents any unneeded work from a repair company just looking to squeeze more money out of your wallet.

1. Check for Power to Your Garage Door Opener

Always check the power source. This is just for garage doors. If you have an appliance in your home that isn’t working, always check to see if there’s a faulty connection with the power to the unit. Most companies will charge a service fee to come out and check your garage door opener unit so checking this is simple to do and will save you some money.  If all electrical connections look good, move on to number 2.

2. Check for Obstacles

This is one of the most common issues when a garage door won’t open, close or opens/closes a couple inches and then stops.  The photo-eyes are a safety feature for your garage door system and will stop your door from operating if something crosses through the invisible infrared sensors.

First check to see if there’s anything blocking the door. Move anything away from the bottom section of the door. Many people like to put shovels, brooms or other household objects in the corner of their garage near the photo-eye sensors. This increases the chance of knocking your photo-eyes out of alignment.

3. Check the Lights on Your Photo Eyes

If the photo-eyes are aligned properly. The the light on the photo eyes should be solid red/or green depending on the brand you have. If misaligned, go ahead and move them back in place until the light turns solid.

4. Check for Dirt/Dust in the Sensors

If the lights are solid red/green, then the issue could be dirt or dust in the photo eye. Take a rag or paper towel and clean the sensors.

5. Check the Emergency Disconnect Cord (Red Hanging Cord)

If the garage door opener sounds like it’s working, but the door isn’t moving than someone might have pulled the emergency release cord.  Press the garage door remote, and look for the carriage moving up and down the center rail.  If your garage door is disconnected from the opener, read these instructions to re-engage the opener.

5. Check the Lock

Ever try opening a locked door? Just like any door, you have to unlock it to open it. Locking your garage door is a great security feature, but make sure you unlock it before trying to operate your door. Usually when this happens, you will hear the garage door open a little bit and it will sound like it’s stuck.

6. Broken Springs

Once you’ve checked all of the above, it’s time to look a little closer at your door system. Broken springs can be very obvious or hard to spot. When extension springs break, you’ll typically see them hanging loose. If a torsion spring breaks (above your door) then you can also spot the break. We’ve discussed this in more detail in Common Garage Door Repairs and Costs.

7. Remote Control Issues

Always check multiple controls when diagnosing why a garage door won’t open. If the remote in your car isn’t working, try opening your door with the keypad or wall remote. If all of these don’t work, the problem may be with the opener unit.  Garage door remotes have a small battery that may just need to be changed. If you have an older remote, you may need to just purchase a new one.

The remote could also somehow been disconnected. If this is the case, you’ll have to re-program the remote to your garage door opener.

What Garage Door Parts Are Covered Under Home Warranties?

What Garage Door Parts Are Covered Under Home Warranties?

Your garage door or garage door opener just broke and you're wondering if it's covered by your home warranty?

Here's the scoop…

Most home warranty companies only cover the garage door opener or motor and they typically don't cover the garage door or garage door parts. Most of our repair and service calls are for malfunctioning or broken garage door openers with broken springs being close to that.

American Home Shield has a "Home Garage Door Opener Warranty Coverage" available for homeowners that is a very popular choice. Their coverage may include "kitchen appliances, clothes washer and dryer, and the major components of central air conditioning systems, central heating systems, plumbing system, and electrical system." Under American Home Shield's Appliance Coverage is where you'll find the coverage for garage door openers. They state on their website that they "cover all parts and components of garage door openers, except garage doors and garage door track assemblies."

Read more about American Home Shield's Garage Door Opener Warranty Coverage

Fidelity National Home Warranty is another very popular home warranty company that covers a lot of different home repairs and services. If you have standard coverage from Fidelity your garage door opener or motor will be covered under your home warranty but garage door parts like springs, hinges, and most other parts may not be covered.

Plumbing System, plumbing stoppages, toilets, sump pump (permanently installed), bathroom whirlpool motor pump, recirculating hot water pump, water heater, heating and ductwork, electrical system, telephone system, central vacuum system, garage door opener, ceiling fans, attic and exhaust fans, smoke detectors, doorbells, dishwasher, range, oven, cook tops, built-in microwave, instant hot water dispenser and trash compactor.

On Fidelity National Home Warranty for the Texas Home Warranty Plan it states that the coverage obtained in Buyers Standard Coverage for Garage Door Openers is the wiring., motor, switches, receiver unit, and track drive assembly with items that are not covered are garage doors, hinges, springs, cables, rollers, guides, remote transmitters, and keypads. (2)


Are Garage Door Springs Covered Under a Home Warranty?

Springs are generally not covered under a home warranty since they are considered a part of the garage door and not the garage door opener. Although the spring is essential to the proper operation of an opener's motor, you may not have coverage under your home warranty.


What Happens When You Don’t Hire an Experienced and Trusted Garage Door Pro?: “The Imposter”

What Happens When You Don’t Hire an Experienced and Trusted Garage Door Pro?: “The Imposter”

A Garage Door Company That's Been in Lubbock Since 1951

Overhead Door Company has been providing the city of Lubbock with quality garage doors and garage door repair since 1951.

Always look for the Overhead Door Red Ribbon Logo

The Red Ribbon logo is what defines all Overhead Door distributors across the US. Overhead Door Corporation's founder, CG Johnson actually invented the first upward-acting garage door in 1921 and the first electric garage door opener in 1926. The brand has been an iconic symbol for trust, loyalty, and good quality products for over 95 years.  Not every garage door company can wear the Red Ribbon logo, so it's important to always look for it when you're wanting the genuine, the original, Overhead Door Company of Lubbock.

Video Transcript:

"This is Barb. Barb is having some trouble with her garage door.

So what does Barb do?nShe does a quick search and calls for help. 

She knows that Overhead Door Company of Lubbock has been around for over 60 years. 

They’re the company we all know and trust. 

Owned and operated by the Hatch family. Yep, those guys. 

But unbeknownst to her, Barb made a mistake. She forgot to look for the Red Ribbon. 

You know, the iconic symbol that defines Overhead Door Company of Lubbock? That classy insignia that represents honesty and trust. 

She ended up calling an imposter. 

Silly man, that's the sprinkler system not the garage door.

Don't settle for an imposter, look for the Red Ribbon and choose the genuine, the original. Overhead Door Company of Lubbock."