Genie Garage Door Operator
Every time we are using the operator to our garage, and it doesn’t matter if it is a Genie overhead operator or Chamberlin overhead operator, we taking it for granted that we can control the door from distance using the remote control or the keypad, and in our day even from a smartphone. Now when if you search online for garage door operators vendors around Westchester County NY, you will find that there are many vendors who offer “the best overhead operator in New York”, and who promise that the operator they offer is the strongest and the most reliable one. Different garage doors vendors have different opinions, and while a garage door vendor in Gardena will tell you that he believe that the garage home operator made by Genie is the best overhead operator, another garage door vendor around Westchester County will tell you that he believe that it is actually the overhead operators made by Liftmaster is the best overhead operator for homes in New York.
This article isn’t about which overhead operator is the best in New York. This article is about the Genie garage door operator, the advantages, how reliable it is, and the ways to install and troubleshoot an overhead operator manufactured by Genie. All Westchester Garage Doors wrote another article about Power Master Operators that you can check out in case you would like to compare between the 2 different brands.
Where to purchase Genie Overhead operator?
There are many different places where you can purchase a garage door operator made by Genie. You can find it online, you can find it at home depot, Sears, Lowe’s, online garage doors stores and others. If you are planning to install the new overhead operator by “install-it-yourself” you can purchase the right operator from any of them. But if you are planning to hire a nearby garage door installer around Westchester County, you might want to consider purchasing the operator straight from the vendor.
In case you are wondering why it is better to purchase Genie overhead operator from the same company that will install the Genie operator for you, we can tell you that in terms of warranty, it is better to have everything in one place. So if something goes wrong, the installer will not be able to blame the Genie overhead operator since he is the one who supplied and install the operator.
What type of operator to purchase?
There are few types of Genie overhead operators: The Belt driven, the chain driven and the screw drive. And the operator you will choose to install depend on few things such as: Who will do the installment? And how much the noise level of the operator matter to you. For example: If you are looking to install the new Genie operator by yourself (DIY), you might want to purchase the screw drive Genie operator, which is considered relatively easy to install. If you are planning to hire a nearby garage doors installer around Westchester County NY for the installment, the chain or the belt driven operators made by Genie will be a great option. And if you are wondering which Genie overhead operator is the best for you, you can check out this article about overhead operator types that explain the differences between the types of operators that can be found in New York.
In general, we will tell you that the belt driven operator made by Genie is considered quiet and reliable, and although might cost little more, it definitely worth the investment since their life cycle for residential garage doors around Westchester County can go above 20 years when well maintained and properly used.
Genie overhead operator installment Westchester County
There are couple ways to get a new Genie overhead operator installed: You can either install it yourself (Or hire a professional local handyman to install the Genie operator for you, or to hire a nearby garage door company around Westchester County NY to do the installment for you. And since a new operator installment shouldn’t be done more than once every 20 years (When installing a high quality overhead operator such as Genie operator. And when the installment was done correctly), All Westchester Garage Doors highly recommend hiring a qualified garage doors technician who can supply and match the right operator for you garage door, and who has the tools as well as the knowledge and experience to perform a professional installment. If you would like to install the Genie overhead operator by yourself, you can watch the Video bellow and follow the steps on the tutorial that teach how to install a new Genie overhead operator by do it yourself.
All Genie overhead operators comes with user manual guide. Follow the instructions in order to get the best of your Genie operator, and do not ignore the safety guidelines. And under no circumstances: Do not install the electric operator without a safety feature. Genie, craftsman or Liftmaster, every electric garage door must include a safety feature. This is not an option, this is a federal law that come to keep you safe.
Components for Genie Overhead operator
The conventional kit of Genie Garage doors operators include few accessories that come with the operator. Here is a list of components and their use:
Wireless Keypad: The wireless key pad is mounted to the wall right next to the garage, and it allow keyless opening of the door. They are a great solution for people who want to be able to access the garage (Or the house in case the garage is attached without a key, simply by using 4 digits code that can be choose at the installment of new Genie overhead operator. If you are not sure what the keypad is, look at one of the garages in your town around Westchester County and you will see in most of them a keypad mounted to the wall at the entrance to the garage.
Wireless Remote Control: This is the most popular way to open and close the door to the garage. The Genie remotes (Clickers) are relatively small, and can be carried in the pocket or inside the car. They rarely break and all you will need to do is to replace their battery every certain amount of time.
Wall-switch: The Genie wall switch is installed inside the garage, at a location from which you will be able to see the entrance to the garage. It allow you to open and close the door without the remote, to control the way the Genie operator behave (In some models), and to troubleshoot the door in case something went wrong.
Safety Feature: This is the time to tell you that every overhead operator should include a safety feature. The safety reversing system can come in different shapes such as the laser safety sensors or the safety edge. But no matter which one you will choose, it must be included in the installment! Whether it is a garage door operator around Westchester County, or garage door operator installment near New Rochelle, a safety feature should be installed at the time of the installment. And not only to be installed, the safety feature should be installed properly according to the safety guidelines.
You might wonder why you must include a safety feature for every electric garage gate, and we have 2 answers to that:
- Since it is the law. The law was written for you safety, and to prevent the door from hurting someone or something that might be placed at the overhead door path while it shutting.
- This is for your safety. You do not want the door to close when your car, your dog, bicycle, or anything else to be under the door. The overhead doors can weight hundreds of pounds and can cause severe damages.
Genie operator malfunctions
Why the safety sensor light is blinking?
Genie safety feature malfunctions: As we explained earlier, every electric garage door, whether it is equipped with Genie or Liftmaster operator must include a safety feature. A flashing “Safe T Beam LED” indicator means a malfunction has occurred and it need to be repaired in order for the operator to operate safely again. The first thing you should do is to make sure that there is no dirt covering the lenses, and block the invisible laser beam. Second, check if the wire that connect the safety sensor is damaged, cut or disconnected. If the LED indicator continues to flash, although you checked and saw that everything is in place, see your owner's manual for a list of possible causes or contact a nearby garage door technician around Westchester County NY who will come and fix the issue for you.
Why the operator isn’t shutting down the door all the way?
If the door is shutting down only part of the way, and then reverse to open position (Unlike garage doors that close partly and stuck in the middle). Check for and clear any obstructions at the door’s path. If there is nothing at the door’s path, check to see if the laser sensors are working properly. If there is a blinking light, see the paragraph above for troubleshoot. If the problem continue, call a nearby expert to fix the issue. Safety sensors troubleshooting is not complicated, and can be addressed by any garage door repairer.
Why Genie operator running, but the door is not moving?
In some cases, that might be one of the simplest issues to solve, and for that you do not need to hire garage door vendor around to come and repair it for you. Your garage door might got disconnected from the operator. Check that the emergency-release cord has not been pulled. If indeed this is the reason why the operator is running but the door isn’t moving, you will need to reengage the carriage and reconnect the door to the electric motor. The method to reengage the carriage depends on the model of garage door operator you own. See your owner's manual for more details, or watch a fix it yourself tutorial on how to engage Genie overhead operator.
Another possible cause to a motor that run but without moving the door can be a broken Genie opener gear. If indeed this is the case, you will need to get in touch with a local garage door vendor in Westchester County to come and service the opener. Genie opener gear repair or replacement is not a task for do it yourself, and require deeper knowledge of the overhead doors motors and the ways to troubleshoot them.
Another thing that we already discussed in this post is that many times fixing the motor isn’t always the best action, especially when the case is a broken gear. Many times we will rather replace the whole unit and not fix the existing one. But every situation is different, and only a qualified technician will be able to determine what the problem is after examining the door.
All Westchester Garage Doors offer same day service for overhead doors in Westchester County. You might need garage door repair near New Rochelle, or overhead door installment in White Plains, we can be there today. For same day service, call us at 914-222-1511, and we will be on our way to take care of any garage door issue.
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