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Garage Door 3 Step Safety Check (Video)

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You may not be able to see or hear it, but your garage door opener may not be operating properly or even safely. 3 Step Safety Check.

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FAQ about the Homelink® Repeater Kit

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FAQ’s about the Homelink Repeater Kit for LiftMaster Models 8360 & 8550
by LiftMaster on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 12:03pm ·

FAQ about the Homelink® Repeater Kit

 

Liftmaster 855Lm HomeLing Repeater Kit can be purchased here.

For use with Chamberlain, Sears Craftsman and LiftMaster garage door openers operating on Security+ 2.0™ radios

 

LiftMaster has created a new version of our remote control rolling code called Security+ 2.0. This new technology increases radio range and virtually eliminates interference. This code did not exist prior to 2011. HomeLink is manufactured by an automotive supplier that licenses our technology for use in vehicles. HomeLink now offers a “repeater kit” that allows any HomeLink-equipped vehicle from 2000 – present to communicate with any Security+ 2.0 garage door opener. Visit www.homelink.com and follow the steps to program your specific vehicle and garage door opener to determine if you need this repeater kit.

 

Why don’t the new LiftMaster openers work with HomeLink vehicles made prior to 2007? 

 LiftMaster has created a new version of our remote control rolling code (Security+ 2.0™) that increases radio range and virtually eliminates interference. Older vehicles do not have this code in their HomeLink systems since it did not exist prior to 2007. This is not the first time that HomeLink has added new codes during the life of the product; the same situation existed back in the late 1990’s, only on a much smaller scale since HomeLink was not as popular as it is today. This does mark the first time that HomeLink has developed a backwards-compatible solution in the form of the repeater kit, thus allowing older vehicles to operate with new technology. Homeowners and dealers should be pleased that the kit exists, as many electronic products made today are rarely backwards compatible!

 

Some newer vehicles (2008 and up) still do not have the new Security+ 2.0™ code in the HomeLink system. Why did this happen?

 

 HomeLink is manufactured and designed by Johnson Controls, a large interior supplier to the automotive industry. Chamberlain (LiftMaster) gave Johnson Controls the new Security+ 2.0™ rolling code back in 2006 so they could add it to the HomeLink system in some vehicle models starting in late 2007. Many automotive companies chose not to immediately implement the new version of HomeLink for various reasons. In fact, some vehicles made in 2011 still do not have the new version. It may be that even within the same vehicle make, there are models that have the new HomeLink codes and in the same year, models that do not. This condition exists through no fault of Chamberlain or Johnson Controls; it was simply based on decisions at each automotive manufacturer to implement or delay the new version of HomeLink.

 

Which version of HomeLink is required and how can I determine which vehicles have it?

 

 HomeLink version 4.0 or higher vehicles are equipped with Security+ 2.0™. While lists do exist that show vehicles equipped and model years affected, these remain the property of the auto manufacturers and Johnson Controls; we are not permitted to distribute these lists. For the most accurate information, it is recommended that a consumer or dealer contact HomeLink directly at 800-355-3515 to determine vehicle compatibility. It may be necessary to look at the manufacturing date on the vehicle body. Another method of determining compatibility is to try to program the vehicle to a Security+ 2.0 system; if the connection cannot be made after one or two attempts, a HomeLink Repeater kit should be installed to rectify the situation.

 

Will the HomeLink repeater kit resolve difficult radio interference problems when used with a Security+ 2.0™ garage door opener?

 

Most likely, the answer is no. The HomeLink repeater uses 310 MHz signals, which may help reduce interference if there are problems at 315 or 390 MHz. Excessive interference between HomeLink in the vehicle and the HomeLink repeater kit may still create problems. Only the use of a Security+ 2.0™ garage door opener combined with either a Security+ 2.0™ transmitter or HomeLink vehicle transmitter v. 4.0 (or higher) will resolve difficult radio interference problems.

 

What happens to a HomeLink repeater when the power in the garage goes out?

The HomeLink repeater kit runs on 110 volt AC power. If the power goes out, the repeater will not work. For openers with AC motors (non-battery backup models) this is not an issue, since the opener and repeater are both inoperable when power is lost. If the repeater kit is operating a new Security+ 2.0™ battery-backup equipped garage door opener, a Security+ 2.0™ remote transmitter will be required to open the door during a power outage. In areas where residential power loss is common or recurring, it is recommended that the homeowner keep a Security+ 2.0™ transmitter in the glove box of the vehicle to allow entry during a power outage. Of course, a battery backup Security+ 2.0™ opener can always be controlled from outside the garage with a Security+ 2.0™ keypad.

 

Why didn’t the HomeLink repeater kit be designed to have a battery inside to allow operation of the repeater during a power failure?

 

The HomeLink repeater kit is a Johnson Controls branded product. Furthermore, it would be very costly to design a device that has a built-in battery that would retain power for hours or days in the event of a power failure. For those homeowners with a battery backup garage door opener, the more practical solution is for the vehicle owner to keep a spare Security+ 2.0™ remote in the glove box.

 

How many Security+ 2.0™ garage door openers can be programmed with a single HomeLink repeater kit?

The number of openers is virtually unlimited since the repeater is only acting as a “translator” to pass through commands. So there will be no problem programming one HomeLink repeater kit to multiple doors in a single garage as long as they are within range of the repeater kit mounted in the garage.

 

How many HomeLink buttons (including ones in different vehicles), can be programmed using a single HomeLink repeater kit?

 

The number of HomeLink buttons and vehicles are unlimited, just like the number of openers. One repeater kit is all that is needed for a garage, regardless of number of vehicles or garage door openers/doors.

 

What is the radio range of the HomeLink repeater kit?

 

The range of the repeater kit to the HomeLink transmitter in the vehicle will be the same as the range of a standard Security+ transmitter is today. The range of the Repeater kit to the Security+ 2.0™ garage door opener is the same as a Security+ 2.0™ remote to the opener.

 

What is included in the HomeLink repeater kit and how does it work?

 

The kit includes a plug-in 110 volt repeater and one single-button 310 MHz remote control. The repeater plugs into any outlet in the garage. The remote control is only used to “learn” the repeater code and frequency to the existing HomeLink buttons in the vehicle and will not communicate with the Security+ 2.0™ radio system in the garage door opener; Once HomeLink is programmed, the remote control will not operate the opener. It is recommended that the homeowner keep the single-button 310 MHz HomeLink remote control for future use with other vehicles if needed. For programming details, refer to the instructions included in the HomeLink repeater kit.

 

Why didn’t this repeater kit release when the first new Security+ 2.0™ models released?

 

The HomeLink repeater kit was originally intended to be a Johnson Controls product only. After discussions with Johnson Controls, it was agreed that LiftMaster would have the ability to sell the product to support the LiftMaster business, thus helping HomeLink to quickly resolve customer problems during time of installation of a new Security+ 2.0™ garage door opener.

 

What about vehicles with Car2U transmitter systems?

 

Car2U is manufactured by Lear Corporation, a competitor of Johnson Controls. Car2U has never used the rolling

code of any model Sears, Chamberlain or LiftMaster remote control. Vehicles with a Car2U system are not compatible with any version of our rolling code. Lear Car2U can be identified by three LED lights, one above each button on the product. Consumers with a Lear Car2U should be directed to contact Lear for further assistance at 1-866-572-2728.

 

Will LiftMaster dealers be able to obtain the HomeLink repeater kit for free?

 

No, dealers will have to buy the kit from LiftMaster as the kit remains the intellectual property of Johnson Controls. Chamberlain and LiftMaster are only authorized agents allowed to resell the repeater kit.

 

What will HomeLink charge consumers for the repeater kit?

 

HomeLink has set a consumer price of $49.95, not including shipping. For vehicles within their three-year factory

warranty, HomeLink may offer the repeater kit for the cost of shipping only. This offer is subject to HomeLink approval. LiftMaster dealers will be able to buy the kit from LiftMaster, and resell it for the same price to the consumer as HomeLink. For the most accurate information, it is recommended that a consumer or dealer contact HomeLink directly at 1-800-355-3515 to determine vehicle compatibility.

 

 

 

Basic Steps to Program the HomeLink

  1. Press and hold down the two outside buttons on the HomeLink in the vehicle.
  2. Release the HomeLink vehicle buttons when the indicator light begins to fl ash (after 20 seconds).
  3. Hold the new remote control 1-3″ away from the HomeLink and keep the indicator light in view.
  4. Simultaneously press and hold the remote control button with the HomeLink button you want to program. DO NOT release any buttons until the next step is completed.
  5. The indicator light on the HomeLink will begin to flash slowly during the programming. When the indicator light begins to fl ash rapidly, release the remote control and HomeLink buttons.
  6. Test the HomeLink. Press and hold the programmed HomeLink button. If the indicator light remains on the programming was successful.

What’s The Differences Between Belt, Screw And Chain Drive Garage Door Openers Houston?

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Garage doors Houston may seem like it could be a fairly easy thing. All things considered, it’s only a garage door which allows you quick access in your garage. It is built to halt the weather and intruders from entering your home and it allows you to enter in and out conveniently. Garage doors, nonetheless, if not controlled with a remote control gadget, had been somewhat frustrating to cope with.  This is simply because to use them, you needed to leave your comfortable automobile and physically raise the garage door. Afterwards, the electric door openers were invented. These are products that permit you to be capable of pushing a button and your garage door will open automatically when needed. While many garage door operators appear exactly the same to the average Joe, they really aren’t. There are several different kinds of garage door openers, but typically the most popular are belt, screw, and chain driven operators. Here we’ll go over the main difference relating to the three types.

Belt drives

A Belt drive unit is the top quality system for virtually any residential garage door operator system. A belt drive units are similar to a chain drives. Yet, whenever you operate the motor, the garage door opens due to a belt that pushes and pulls the garage door. Usually, for those who have a bedroom over the garage choose to enjoy a belt drive system because it’s by far quieter when compared to its relative, the chain units. Belt drives would be the quietest answer for virtually every garage door operator. They’re going to be the most costly operator.

Screw drives

A screw drive operator works simply by utilizing a screw to operate the garage door. What exactly does this suggest? When you run the electric unit, a screw rotates inside the rail that will subsequently, open or close the garage door. A lot of people think that screw driven units are far better due to the fact you don’t have any a chain to be concerned about up keeping. Screw driven models usually are self-lubricating and therefore are regarded as a middle of the road for quality garage door operator solutions. It is actually less noisy when compared to a chain drive although not as good as a belt drive. There are also less moving parts in a screw drive.

Chain drives

A chain drive motor operates precisely the same manner like a belt-driven motor does; only it employs a chain in order to operate the door just as before. A chain drive operator is usually louder when compared to a belt or screw drive ones, which can generate problems for those who require quieter overhead doors, but since it’s a chain, it may frequently deal with much more abuse when compared to a belt-driven motor can. Chain drives are believed to be basic entry level operators and therefore are the noisiest. However, they are the least expensive and just as durable.

 

When you’re deciding on a new garage door openers Houston, what type would you choose? Everything depends upon your preferences. If you’re searching for quiet, opt for the belt driven garage door opener. If you’re looking for quiet without a high price tag, the screw driven garage door opener is what you want. And if you’re trying to conserve your funds and don’t worry in regards to the noises, the chain drive is just what you’ll need. There’s a garage door opener for everybody.


Liftmaster 3850 Belt Drive Opener Houston

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If you’re searching for a feature-rich electric garage door operator, then you should consider the LiftMaster 3850.  The built-in standby power system helps to ensure that the system will run even during a power outage.  The unit also stops and starts smoothly, which means you don’t have to worry about it causing a lot of noise.  You can also adjust the length of time the 200 watt lighting system remains on.

Not only is it the only real 3/4 HP installed by a professionals, plus the opener has a fully-integrated standby power system, but it will operate your garage door for 40 complete cycles in an event of a power failure during a 24-hour time period, Then, it restores immediately once the electricity returns on. An audible sound will also let you know once the electrical power has gone out plus the Ever Charge Stand By Power Feature is in use. During the event of power failure the security and safety features continue to function. Making sure your folks are safeguarded within an event of electric power failure. The operator also features smooth stop and smooth start to limit the sound from the garage door while it opens and closes – ideal for residences having a bedroom over the garage. It also features the ruggedness of a chain drive and the quietness of a jackshaft. The motor is 12 volts DC for heavy duty work.

This Liftmaster Belt drive is a maintenance free operator, and doesn’t have problems associated with older technologies such as the screw drive and chain drive openers, making it the perfect choice for a new electric garage door opener Houston.  Screw drive openers work intermittently while in the severe heat and cold, requiring lubrication and adjustments at least two times annually, and contain several plastic components.  Chain drive operators use plastic gear set, and they are noisy. Chain drive openers are classified within the contractor line.

One of the most unique features is it has a motion-detecting smart control panel.  It displays system status, current time, and the temperature inside your garage.  In battery power back-up mode, all important safety features function. The motion-detecting smart control panel makes it possible for hands free operator light activation once the garage is entered through an entrance door.

The motor head mounted in the ceiling is powered by a six foot power cord, so you should be able to find a suitable outlet easily.  This is three foot longer than most other operators on the market.

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Liftmaster garage door openers Houston

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LiftMaster by Chamberlain offers numerous types of residential electric door opener accessories to fulfill many access control requirements and improve your way of life. They provide remote controls which will operate garage door openers in addition to gate operators, eliminating the desire to have yet other remotes.  They do offer extra remote controls for multi-car families, and keyless entry systems that will operate the garage door utilizing a code you program into the device.

LiftMaster residential garage door openers Houston provide a broad selection in performance, features, and reliability, much more than every other opener brand. Our models provide you with the greatest in security and safety capabilities, and come with a range of horse power ranges and drive systems for all sorts of dwellings and uses, which includes people that have bedrooms above the garage or those that have heavy doors. All their models are shown to endure including the toughest of elements and numerous years of extensive use, and can be purchased with innovative accessories built to make home access much more convenient.

LiftMaster, is really the best convenient solution to help make your lifestyle a little bit simpler. No longer will you need to get out of your vehicle to open up your garage door in a thunderstorm or even a blizzard. You can actually select many different types, for instance, keyless entry for the children to place their  bikes away, or maybe you can select a key chain remote to work with from your comfort and ease  within your car. Chain drive, belt drive, screw drive and residential jackshaft models are available. Whichever style you ultimately choose, a garage door opener is an excellent thing to own and the need for the house will increase using this type of addition.

LiftMaster have been around in manufacturing for several decades, but have grown to be popular over the last twenty years. In reality, during that time they have grown to be the best on the earth. Many of the reasons behind this, this company are centered on safe practices (utilizing the Protector System), quality and security. You will find both residential and commercial openers available.

LiftMaster belt drive units provide you with the greatest in quiet operations. Our heavy-duty belt drive is just as tough just like steel belted radial tire, and gives smooth running strength and dependable and overall performance year in year out. Those are the ideal option for residences with living quarters over or next to the garage when noise is an issue.

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LiftMaster Promo – LiftMaster Madness – March 21—April 8, 2011

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Featured Products: 3850 Elite Series with Free Second Remote and Keyless Entry and 3255 Contractor Series with Free Second Remote. Special Deals available on Elite, Premium, and Contractor Series, while supplies last. Select models offering Free Extra Remote and Keyless Entry on Elite and Premium operators.

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Garage Door Springs

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Garage Door Spring Systems is the Most Used Commonly on Sectional Type Overhead Doors.

Garage doors are very heavy and some type springing systems must used at the top with cables attaching to the bottom garage doors to counterbalance the weight of the door. When a garage door is opened, these springs assist in lightening the weight of the door. When closing the door, the springs keep it from slamming hard on the ground and damaging the door or causing injury.

 

To release the spring tension, raise the door in the fully open and clamp the door into position using a pair of vice grips in the tracks to prevent the door from moving.  Once the door is open, you can make spring adjustments to only the extension spring type systems.

 

Torsion spring systems adjustments are not recommended by the do it yourselfer.
Typically overhead garage door springs have a life expectancy of 10,000 cycles, unless you special ordered your door with extended life cycle springs. One cycle is an operation of an up and down.  The extension and torsion springs are tempered (hardened) steel that comes either in plain cold rolled, painted, oil soaked, or galvanized. When the garage door is closed these springs are under very extreme tension and can be dangerous causing injury.

 

Over time, or during the later stages of the life cycles, springs will start to fatigue, and will eventually start stretching and or breaking, usually releasing its spring load with loud bang. Most homeowners, if you are at home, hear the spring break and usually unable to find where the noise came from until you try to use your garage door the next time.

 

On the average I see a 10k life cycle spring last around 7 to 10 years depending on how often you use your door.  Anything over 10 years is a bonus.  For example, if you average about two cycles per day, opening and closing the door a total of 4 times as you come and go, then the life expectancy becomes 2500 days, or approximately 7 years. If you have children that drive or more adults with vehicles, then you tend to cycle the door even more often, which in turn needing a spring replacement even sooner.

Since standard lift torsion springs are winding “up” when the door is closing or going down, the fully closed position is the most stressful on the steel spring material and thus the most likely the time of breakage. This is a good thing; because failure near the top-of-travel means that you suddenly have a large heavy door coming down and crashing against the floor with the increased weight. As a rule of thumb, and for safety reasons, you should never be standing or walking under the door when it is opening or closing, especially if you do so manually instead of with an electric opener. Also automatic door operators will provide additional safety if and when the spring breaks during the door movement.

When the springs are working correctly, the door appears nearly weightless, but this is an illusion that turns into a calamity when the springs suddenly fail.

Caution:  If you need to make annual adjustments to the springs or repair the door, we recommend using a trained garage door technician to do your annual tune-ups.

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Garage Door Openers – Information on safety reversal system

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Your garage door opener uses two safety reversal systems. The most obvious safety component is the safety eye system?, which provides four to six inches of coverage along the bottom area of the doorway. To test this system, perform the following steps:

1. Start with the door in the open position.
2. Press the remote control push button to raise the door.
3. Place a box or similar object in the path of the door (obstruction the safety sensor eyes).
4. Press the remote control push button to shut the door.

The door will not move more than 1 inch, and the opener lights will flash.

The door opener will not close from a remote if the indicator light in either one of the sensors is off (alerting you to the fact that the sensor is misaligned or obstructed).

Repeat this test each month.

There are a few things to keep in mind relating to the optical safety reversal system:
The optical safety system must be installed in order for the opener to close the door normally. The system is federally mandated, and there is absolutely no way to bypass this system. If there is a sensor problem, the opener can still be used to close the garage door. In order to do so, press and hold the hard-wired wall control button, or use the keyless entry pad outside of the garage, holding the ENTER button until the door reaches the floor. Releasing the wall control button or the ENTER button before the door reaches the floor will cause the opener to reverse the door. This selection is only available through the wall control or a keyless entry system, and is not an option when using the hand-held remote control. Never commit on the safety sensors to prevent the door from closing on an obstruction. Always assure that the path of the garage door is free of any obstructions before operating the opener mechanism.The second safety system built in to the opener is designed to reverse the garage door whenever resistance or force is encountered, provided that the opener mechanism is connected and adjusted properly, and the garage door is properly balanced and aligned. This reversal system should be tested each time an adjustment to the opener is made, and also once a month.

To test the safety reversal system:

1. With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2 inch board (or 2×4 laid flat) on the floor, centered under the garage door.
2. Operate the door in the down direction. The door must reverse upon striking an obstruction.

If the door stops on the obstruction, it is not traveling far enough in the down direction. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on increasing the down limit adjustment, along with farther information concerning the safety reversal test. A copy of your owner’s manual can be downloaded through most manufactor’s web sites by clicking here (hyperlink to owner’s manual search page) If the door continues to fail the safety reversal test, call for a trained door systems technician. Never rely on the safety reversal system to prevent the door from closing on an obstruction. Always ensure that the path of the garage door is clear of any obstructions before operating the opener mechanism.

WARNING: Without a correctly installed safety reversal system, persons (particularly small children) can be badly injured or death by a closing garage door.
WARNING: If the opener closes the door when the safety-reversing sensor is obstructed (and the sensors are no more than 6 inches above the floor), call for a trained garage door technician.

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