Blog Listing

3 Tips for Mastering Your Liftmaster Remote

Learn how to get the most out of your LiftMaster remote with these easy tips!

Liftmaster Remote

 

LiftMaster systems are a lifesaver to many of you who own powered garage door systems and other residential access control systems. Using a LiftMaster remote can enable you to open and close your garage door from the ease and comfort of your car. This is especially important for those of us who have mobility issues. However, keeping the remote up to date can be tough. Here are a few tips can help you keep your LiftMaster remote working great for years to come.

Techniques to master your LiftMaster Remote

LiftMaster remotes come in several models, depending on the make of your operator (garage door system). However, every LiftMaster system that uses a remote should have a learn button. The learn button is usually located on the same side that the antenna is located on, and may be green, orange, yellow, red or purple with a small LED next to it. In the case of an operator with a MyQ control panel, lift the push bar and locate the learn button.

First, make sure that the remote itself is undamaged and that you have fresh batteries.

Then, you’ll need to hold down the desired button for 30 seconds, with the operator lights blinking indicating that programming was successfully completed.

At this point, press the remote control button to try it with your operator. At this point the remote should be functioning properly.

LiftMaster MyQ Phone App:

It’s important to know that not all LiftMaster operators will work with the MyQ phone app. Your operator will need to be upgraded with the LiftMaster MyQ Upgrade Package if it’s not already MyQ compatible. Generally, an operator with the MyQ logo should be MyQ compatible.

You’ll need to download the MyQ app from the Google Play or Apple store, and follow the prompts. Make sure that you are connected to the Internet with strong reception. You’ll need to set up an account at setup.myqdevice.com. The setup is a fairly involved process – full details can be found here. Make sure that you have available passwords for your local home wireless network.

Other important notes:

It’s important to note that replacement remotes purchased for rental developments may not work in rental complexes, as the garage door operators may be commercial systems that function under different protocols than residential systems. Check with your maintenance staff or superintendent if you rent or live in a development before looking into replacing or reprogramming your remote.

Reach out to us if you need help with your LiftMaster systems. We’re experts in LiftMaster products, and we’d be happy to talk to you!

Read More »

4 Easy Steps for Weatherproofing Your Garage

You spend thousands of dollars a year heating your home. However, one of the culprits responsible for the ever escalating heating bills you receive may be your garage. Most garage ceilings are not finished structures. This means that the typical garage is as well insulated as your average shed. This usually makes them horribly cold during the winter. However, since a garage is what you use to cover and protect your vehicle, you will be going in and out of it every day. This is a big problem. At New Jersey Door Works, we get questions about this all the time.

For most people, finishing their entire garage is not the economical option. However, there are a number of things you can do to reduce insulate the space, while still keeping the area carbon monoxide and fire safe and reducing your heating bills

1. Weatherproof all entry doors

Most garages are entered in from the home by a kitchen door or some other entry way. Making sure that this entry is properly weather sealed with rubber strips that provide air tight seals will make sure warm air does not escape during winter time and that cool air does not escape during the summer. Various providers can fit your door with the appropriate weather stripping and sealing that can make your garage door entry weather tight.

2. Insulate the garage ceiling

While entirely finishing the garage may be economically prohibitive, at minimum a finished room over garage should be looked at. This is a partition between the garage roof and the garage ceiling that creates an insulating layer of air.  The Energy Auditing Blog has an excellent article on caulking and air sealing such a space. While this can be an involved project, the savings in heating costs over years will make the effort worth it.

3. Insulating garage walls

This can also be worth it, especially if you have a garage workshop. Much of the same work as a FROG goes into insulating a garage wall. This work needs to be carefully done if you’re doing it on your own due to carbon monoxide concerns, making sure that the work space is well ventilated. Fire safety rules should also be strenuously followed whenever performing a home construction projection.

4. Inspect your garage door and garage door opener system

Even through a roll up garage door by definition cannot be entirely weather sealed, a well-cared for garage door holds out the elements and lowers energy costs. The garage door itself can be weather stripped and most effects of drafts and inclement weather can be held out by a good garage door system. Further, annual garage door inspections can increase safety for your home and security you’re your vehicle, as well as reduce energy costs.

Read More »

Garage Door Artwork – Top 5 Artists & Styles

We see a lot of unique doors here at NJ Door Works. Doors for both businesses and homes can express the unique character of their occupants. Contrary to popular belief, a well-designed door mural can actually increase foot traffic and increase interest, especially for businesses. Here’s a brief showcase of several different garage door murals. Check them out!

This piece is whimsical and blends in with the property nicely:

airbrushed art on a garage door.

Photo credit: Túrelio

This garage in Germany works in a really great design that compliments the home architecture. Great garage art can help beautify the neighborhood and act to enhance property values. Another beautiful example:

artist painting a garage and garage door

Photo Credit: Ralf Lotys

While many associate garage door art with graffiti, garage art can add flair and personality to an already existing home.

Here are some more examples:

A fairy tale castle:

bad_bentheim_-_sudstrase_04_ies

Photo Credit: Frank Vincentz

A moody cowboy piece:

graffiti_img_3718aa

Photo credit: Christof46

Garage Door Art can be a great way for businesses to communicate their brand identity and services. Services like Mural Painter NYC can provide a rotating theme per month. Garage art and murals can be a source of social media content, as discussed in this recent Business Insider article.

Instead of being eyesores, these beautiful images can make your home look terrific, or for a business, be a source of fantastic promotion, street traffic, and social media content to spread your brand.

Read More »