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  • Broken Spring Repair - When a garage door doesn't work or lift the garage anymore it may it may need a broken spring repair. This is one of the most dangerous jobs and should not be done by an untrained homeowner. We have heard many terrible stories relating to a homeowner trying to fix the broken spring. I will spare you the details because some of it is pretty nasty, but you can get the picture. There are two types of garage door springs that you may find on your garage door. The first are extension springs. These springs are located on each side of… Read More...
  • Is My Broken Garage Door Worth Fixing? - What constitutes a broken garage door? There are so many moving parts that can break on a garage door that sometimes it's better to replace it. Sometimes it's better to repair it. The biggest factors on whether to repair a broken garage door or replace it may be age, could be how well its been cared for or when it's time to update your home. The garage door is the largest moving wall in a home that has recently become the front door. With a family the garage door opens and closes several times a day. With all those working… Read More...
  • What Beltdrive Garage Door Opener is best for my Home? - A1 Affordable Garage Door Services is an Authorized LiftMaster Garage Door Opener Dealer. Our showroom in Plano has several on display that actually work. Here you can test drive a garage door opener! Lets get into what the differences are of the two beltdrive garage door openers we offer our customers. Depending on the horsepower your looking for either 1/2 hp or 3/4 hp LiftMaster offers the best in beltdrive garage door openers. Both are very quiet and were made for rooms above the garage. This is so the garage door opener won't wake up the kids, guests or whoever's… Read More...
  • What is an ORB? (Operator Reinforcement Bracket) - An ORB (Operator Reinforcement Bracket) is a needed accessory that better connects your garage door to your garage door opener. What is standard, and probably on your door right now, is a small 'nose-piece'. This connects the tow-arm of your opener to the garage door itself. When you open or close your garage door, this nose-piece is the single point of stress. It is pulling up, or pushing down, on the garage door. The problem with these nose-pieces is that they are undersized for their task. Too often this is the failing point of your door. Over time stress is… Read More...
  • Genie vs LiftMaster Garage Door Openers - When it comes to making a long-term decision about which new garage door opener to get, knowing the best products that are available is very important. Both Genie and LiftMaster garage door openers are companies that have been around for over 40 years, and their longevity in the market is proof that their reliability with customers is outstanding. When deciding between the two, you must first decide what kind of opener, and at what price, works best for you. Genies reputation as the industry-leader really comes from their past models -- those being the ones from the early to late… Read More...
  • Is My Garage Door Balanced? - Having a balanced garage door is crucial to the operation of your door. Similarly, having an unbalanced door can lead to many expensive problems including a worn out garage door opener. For instance, a properly balanced door will stay -- rest -- wherever you leave it when moving the door disconnected from the opener. (i.e. if you raise your door halfway open, it will stay halfway open.) Likewise, an unbalanced door on the other hand will not stay where you leave it. It will fall to the floor. How to Check For A Balanced Garage Door Pull Emergency CordLift Garage… Read More...
  • 5 Smart Tips to Avoid When Making Garage Door Repairs - Just like any home maintenance, garage doors can break and need major repairs that cost big bucks. Unfortunately, garage door issues happen, such as broken springs, snapped cables, jammed doors, or bent tracks. There are small things you can do to avoid big garage door repairs. It is the little things that can count the most. Being smart now can save you later! Here are five ways to maintain your garage door. Do you have a garage door maintenance checklist? Listed below are the 5 Smart Tips to Avoid When Making Garage Door Repairs at your home. Seek quality garage… Read More...
  • Garage Door Decorating for Christmas - Every year our Garage Door Specialists search the internet or Pinterest to get inspired to decorate our Big Garage Door in our showroom. Below is the inspiration. Three different ideas transpired into one. We spent one afternoon to get it all done. Sara was our leader in getting this put up quickly. It was not expensive as most of the supplies came from the Dollar Store and I think we only spent $10.00 total. The rest was all creativity and using the supplies we already had on hand from previous decorations. We used clip magnets to hang the cardboard mantel… Read More...
  • How Do Mice Get in Your Garage? - Mice in your garage can be awful! They like a warm place to nest. When the weather starts to change the biggest and best shelter is the Garage (Attics too!). Why you ask? Because the garage is a very large area they can come and go without being detected easily. Holes at the bottom of garage doors in the corners are the most common area for them to enter. Garages in North Texas are used as a big storage area with cardboard boxes, furniture and other household items. This is a prime location to live and "chew" electrical wiring, cardboard boxes, paper… Read More...
  • 877LM Wireless Keypad for yellow button Garage Door Opener Keypads - Do you know where your house keys are? A few years ago, as my son was growing up, I thought the best way for him to learn some responsibility was to carry a house key with him in case he needed to let himself in after school.  Little did I know that he would lose several keys, lock himself out and I would have to drive home from work to let him in.  Sound familiar? It was very frustrating, as you know; bosses don’t always like their employees leaving early. Then someone suggested I get a wireless keypad for my… Read More...
  • Check your garage door DIY Garage Door Maintenance Checklist - In this day of DIY or Do It Yourself, here are three quick and easy DIY garage door maintenance tests that you can do to identify small problems in the long term performance of your garage door. Visual Inspection of Your Garage Door Stand inside the garage with the garage door closed.Look over the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and mounting hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage.Look for cable wear or fraying.Is the mounting hardware becoming loose?If something doesn't look quite right - or doesn't sound quite right - it could be the symptom of a… Read More...
  • Garage Safety Tip 1 - Remote Security 30 Garage Door Safety Tips - Each year during the month of June we celebrate National Garage Door Safety month. This year we compiled a list of 30 Garage Door Safety Tips to promote the importance of garage door safety, after all the garage door is the largest moving wall in your home. Because of the size and complexity of the operation of a garage door we need to keep ourselves along with our two and four legged family members safe when opening and closing our garage doors. Safety Tip #1 When you move into a new home make sure you reprogram your keypad & remotes.… Read More...
  • LiftMaster 3 button remote control (893MAX) Why Does My Garage Door Open On It’s Own? - "I know I shut my garage door" or "I was sitting in my family room and heard my garage door open and no one used the remote to open it!" ... No your not going crazy. Sometimes garage doors will open and close mysteriously.  It's really not a mystery because something (or someone) will cause it to open or close. When a garage door opens on it's own, trying to figure out the mystery may be more challenging so our lead Service Technician Dan Shearrer has listed below several reasons why your garage door may open on it's own. Do I… Read More...
  • Kris O'Connor and Tony Dorsett Cowboys Fan Fest 2016 – with Tony Dorsett - A1 Affordable Garage Door Services is proud to announce the second annual Cowboys Fan Fest 2016 being held at A1 Affordable Garage Door Repair in Allen / Plano on Saturday, March 19, 2016, which benefits the Single Parent Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists single parent families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are honored to not only host, but also sponsor this family event benefiting a foundation that assists families in need, right here in our area.  We hope you will join us for a day full of networking fun, while helping a worthy cause. Cowboys Fan Fest 2016… Read More...
  • Repair garage doors Inside the Huddle 2016 Sponsor Inside The Huddle Dallas Cowboys - https://player.vimeo.com/video/144666339 My debut on Inside the Huddle with Tyrone Crawford and Guy Rawlings.  I had so much fun sharing our new product The Garage Shield.  A product every home should have to prevent a criminal from breaking into your home thru a garage door.  Watch and share with your friends.  See how easy it is to break into your home. Will you be reactive or proactive?  Click here to order your Garage Shield today! A1 Affordable Garage Door Repair in Dallas / Plano Area maxbutton id="1" Read More...
  • National Garage Door Safety Month 5 Tips June is Garage Door Safety Month - Your Garage Door is the Largest Moving Wall in Your Home When was the last time a professional came out to thoroughly check your garage door and opener to make sure it is safe to be used on a daily basis? So many garage door openers lack the garage door safety features that are required to keep your family safe. Every year thousands of people go to emergency rooms because they tried to repair their own garage door, they get there fingers pinched in between the panels or the slice open a finger. It all starts when you hear a noise… Read More...
  • keychain garage door opener remote circle Garage Door Opener Remotes – Take Them with You! - Where Do You Keep Your Garage Door Opener Remotes? Every day we receive articles regarding garage door opener remotes and how thieves use them to gain access into homes.  Garage door opener remotes are left in plain view on visors for all to see.  Yes it is convenient to have them there, however it is also convenient for the thieves. Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, we enjoy the outdoors more and forget to lock the car, roll up the windows in the car or close the garage door. What you're offering is an OPEN invitation… Read More...
  • Kris and Tyrone Crawford with Kelsey Fan Fest 2015 – Rain or Shine - A very special Guest will be helping us kick off Fan Fest 2015  We are so excited to share that former Dallas Cowboys player, Heisman Trophy winner and Hall of Fame inductee, #33 Tony Dorsett will be helping us kick-off this special event on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Noon.     Dallas Cowboys Players #44 Tyler Clutts and #98 Tyrone Crawford will be signing autographs. March is Single Parent Month and March 21st is Single Parent Day. It will be a great day for family fun, food, music, autographs, bowling and so much more. Signed merchandise from other Dallas Cowboys players, silent… Read More...
  • Fan Fest 2015 - A1 Affordable Garage Door Services Fan Fest 2015 - A1 Affordable Garage Door Services Presents Fan Fest 2015 Saturday, March 21, 2015 from Noon - 5:00 pm FREE ADMISSION! Look who's Coming From the Dallas Cowboy's One BIG Fullback and One BIG Defensive player to sign autographs, raise awareness and funds for The Single Parent Foundation, LLC. Are you a single parent or know someone who is?  Most of us do know at least one person who has struggled to raise their kids with all the necessary things they need....food, clothing, shelter etc. on a daily basis all by themselves.  Sometimes they have support, sometimes they don't and when they don't, that is… Read More...
  • Kevin and Tony Dorsett Dallas Cowboys and Sports Media, LLC “Inside the Huddle” Experience - As I sit and write this today I am excited, overwhelmed and sad because the National Football League (NFL) is almost over for the 2014-2015 season. We are huge Dallas Cowboy fans and have a tailgating trailer to prove it.  Every home game we are ready to go and at the stadium by 7:00 am.  We are completely set up by 8:00 am when all our old and new tailgating friends start to show up. On Sunday The Dallas Cowboys are playing against the Green Bay Packers.  I am leaning towards the Dallas Cowboys to win however, I am a… Read More...
  • builder grade hinge and commercial hinge Little Hinges Swing Big Garage Doors - Little hinges swing big garage doors …Small in size, hinges are essential to the proper function of your garage door. Should they break or wear out, opening the garage will be difficult, if not impossible. Even worse, broken hinges can cause serious damage to the garage door itself. Look for signs of deterioration and get them fixed before you are faced with a major repair bill. What Causes Hinges to Break Your garage door hinges are subjected to a great deal of stress every time you open and close the garage door, and even more so when someone backs into it… Read More...
  • Garage Door Safety for The Holidays - Garage door safety for the holidays is often overlooked because every year during the holiday season we are so busy shopping for gifts, going to Christmas parties, attending our children’s recitals and so much more.  Our plates are so full that we tend to “forget to”... fill in the blank). What happens if you “forget to”... (fill in the blank). This can make the day more stressful than it ever needs to be. Below are some tips for helping you be prepared for the hectic holiday season and garage door safety. This is probably the easiest "forget to” and the… Read More...
  • christmas cops pic 4th Annual Plano Christmas Cops Networking Event - Stop by for our 4th Annual Plano Christmas Cops Networking event on December 4th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Help us hit our goal of 100 bikes for the families of Plano.  Our goal is to bring a smile and excitement back to a young child's life when receiving a bike for Christmas.  Our 4th annual Plano Christmas Cops Networking Event has grown over the years with the help of the Plano Chamber of Commerce and their members donations...and this year the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and their members are helping us to achieving our goal.    Memories of receiving a… Read More...
  • Are Your Garage Door Torsion Springs Balanced Properly? - How hard can it really be to balance your garage door torsion springs and know if they are the right one(s) for the garage door..... There are many schools of thought about garage door torsion springs and their replacement.  Numerous websites and videos showing you how to change them yourself, using galvanized or oil soaked, some will count the number of coils within a certain measurement to determine the wire diameter of the torsion spring, some will use a spring gauge to determine the wire diameter of the torsion spring, and some will look at the color coding i.e. yellow, red,… Read More...
  • Garage Door Springs – Should I Replace With One or Two? - One Spring vs. Two Garage Door Springs What is a garage door spring and where do I look for it?  It is that object that is located above the garage door that looks like a coil or spring.  The proper name used in the garage door industry is called a torsion spring. A torsion spring is a spring that works by torsion or twisting; that is a flexible object that stores mechanical energy when it is twisted. When it is twisted, it exerts a force (actually torque) in the opposite direction, proportional to the amount (angle) it is twisted. So why would it be important to have one… Read More...
  • Garage Door Rollers – Like Nails on a Chalkboard… - Loud - Squealing - Screeching Garage Door Rollers Can drive a homeowner Crazy... Every Garage door has them and most people don't know what they are or what to call them. It's the part of the garage door that helps it go up and down everyday. What I'm talking about are Garage Door Rollers or "Wheels". There are several different kinds of rollers for a garage door, nylon (plastic) rollers, 7 ball bearing steel rollers, 10 ball bearing steel rollers and 11 ball bearing neoprene rollers. Garage door rollers are an intrical part of a working garage door in that… Read More...
  • Garage Door Safety Fair Collage Garage Door Safety Fair at A1 Affordable Garage Door Services - Thank you to all who came out for our annual Garage Door Safety Fair. GARAGE DOOR SAFETY FAIR FUN!     We had so much fun at the garage door safety fair in the bounce house, grilling hot dogs and watching the World Cup on a 60" TV inside the Cowboys Tailgating Trailer!  Even our Service Technicians got in on the fun and jumped in the bounce house before we sent them off to fix your garage door! Joe from LiftMaster our Safety Ambassador was here and spoke about the necessary equipment that is needed for a garage door to be… Read More...
  • National Garage Door Safety Month - National Garage Door Safety Month June 2014 Did you know the month of June is National Garage Door Safety Month?  Why is it important to check your garage door?  Well, it is the largest moving wall in your home and on average a garage door opens and closes two - four times everyday.  If the garage door opens that many times everyday, over time, parts start to wear out, torsion springs lose tension and openers need lubrication. To help parents and children understand how important it is to check your garage door annually click on the link, National Garage Door Safety Fair at… Read More...
  • Garage Door Safety Tips - Garage Door Safety Tips - Is your Garage Door Safe? During the past several months, there has been significant publicity within various media regarding garage door break-ins.  In response, a variety of security recommendations have been provided by dealers and others.  Many of these recommendations, including the use of zip-ties, contradict UL-325 and are in violation of federal regulations. Click on the link below to learn tips on garage door safety tips and how to be safe and secure.  Always remember to be aware of all your surroundings in and around your home. Safe Secure Tips for Garage Door Owners Garage… Read More...
  • Plano Police Christmas Cops 50 Bikes Plano Christmas Cops Donation Drop-off Location - Every year the Plano Police Department employees help local families in need.  They have been doing this since 1984.  They collect and distribute food, toys and jackets or coats to needy families in Plano.  Each of the families selected are referred by Plano Police employee who has met the family through their police duties.  Several days before Christmas, Santa and his helpers in police uniforms make deliveries to families across Plano.  Plano Police Chief Gregory W. Rushin, members of the Plano City Council, alumni from the Plano Citizens Police Academy, and family members of Plano Police Officers have also participated… Read More...
  • Are your Pool Chemicals Stored in the Garage? - A relaxing day at the swimming pool is a great way to stay cool and refreshed in this HOT Texas summer heat. I'm sure you're wondering why I am talking about pools especially from a garage door company.  It's simple, pool chemicals rust garage doors, torsion springs and any hardware that is on your garage door and garage door opener not to mention your car (if you park inside the garage). The high concentration of chemicals keeps your pool clean from bacteria, but is also strong enough to corrode substances such as steel and copper. If you have a pool… Read More...
  • Losing Business Identity - Losing your business identity to an unscrupulous competitor is easier than you think; protect your business internet identity now! Recently I received a call from a solicitor wanting to gain our business thru SEO - Search Engine Optimization.  During that call the individual asked me if we were affiliated with another competitor.  I replied, “Absolutely not!  Why would you ask?” He proceeded to explain to me that when he searched a specific term with city and state on Google. This is what he found, the name of our company A1 Affordable Garage Door Services, our phone number 972-398-1919 and a… Read More...
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