Garage Door Wayne Dalton 9600 Series Liftmaster 8500

The power blinks off right when you are ready to head out the door for work. You always park your car safely in the garage, but without electricity, you’re stuck. The good news is you can disengage your garage door and open it and close it manually. However, when the lights turn back on, you’ll need to know how to get the door and the motor reconnected.

It’s true, there are a few differences between each brand and model, but it doesn’t matter if you have a Liftmaster, Craftsman or Genie the process is pretty consistent.

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Why DIY Garage Door Repairs Aren't the Best Option
DIY Garage Door Isn't the best
If you’re someone who has done plenty of do-it-yourself projects and updates in your home, you may think garage door repairs are no different. In an effort to equip people with the best information on whether this is a DIY or hire an expert, here is what you need to know.

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4 Troubleshooting Steps Before Scheduling a Visit
Is your garage door stuck or malfunctioning? Identifying the root of the problem can be tricky, but our team at Sunwest Garage Service has created a 4-step process for identifying (and even solving) common issues before scheduling a visit.
To save yourself some time and possibly some money, we recommend following these four troubleshooting steps before calling.

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According to the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine, a garage door replacement is ranked #1 in upscale and #5 in midrange projects retaining value at home sale. Meaning, homeowners can expect to recoup up to 91.5% of their investment.

The roles of garage doors have drastically changed over time. And because they occupy up to 30 percent of your home’s facade, they’ve become an important design consideration when boosting curb appeal.

Today, garage doors not only serve the purpose of security and aesthetic but can also improve the energy efficiency of a home. If you’ve been considering taking on this project in 2018, our team at Sunwest can help.

From rustic wood to modern aluminum, there are dozens of styles to choose from. In our blog today, we’ll be sharing seven garage door features that boost your curb appeal.

Architectural Style

First and foremost, a garage door should complement your home’s architectural style. Popular styles range from craftsman, traditional, ranch, modern to European. We recommend starting with the year your home was built. From there, take a look at its style origin and determine the elements you wish to implement or change.

REALTOR® Magazine has a fantastic architecture guide if you need some help. Your new garage door should seamlessly blend into your home’s exterior details.

Garage Door Insulation

Next up is your garage’s insulation. Many people think of temperature when this is mentioned, but it’s more about the durability of your garage door. Manufacturers use specific techniques and methods for creating garage doors. These include single-layer, double layer and premium construction.

Exterior Design

Now that we’ve assessed your architectural style and insulation needs, it’s time to turn your attention to design (the fun part). Your garage really sets the tone of your home. You can create visual interest using window pains, patterns and cross beams to steer from the “boxy” look of a traditional garage.

Here are some popular designs to check out:

  • Style-Traditional Doors
  • Carriage Doors
  • Raised-Panel Doors
  • Contemporary Doors

Garage Door Materials

Appearance is important, but elements “under the hood” can make just as much impact. If you’re in favor of a contemporary aesthetic, you’ll find that aluminum and glass materials fit. You’ll have the choice of frame finishes and glass types to create a look all your own. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little more craftsman, you may opt for wood or wood composite.

If you’re looking for something a little more durable, a steel door is your best bet. Steel garage doors can be purchased with different colors and finishes to match your home.

And lastly, if you live close to the beach, you may consider fiberglass or vinyl. Fiberglass is known for its resistance to moisture and insects. It can also mimic the grain patterns of real wood. Vinyl is lightweight and impervious to rot caused by moisture.

Color Palettes

You don’t have to match the garage color to your front door. In fact, many designers recommend not matching them. The goal is neutralizing the garage door, making the entrance to your home the focal point. You can do this in one of two ways:

If your garage is surrounded by gray or beige stone, you can contrast the texture with a lighter tone of the same color.

Or, you can use a contrasting paint color that brings out the details or shutters or window frames (like a deep chestnut or sleek black).


There are built-in details that make your garage door stand out, but you have the option of adding decorative elements to really make a statement. Patterned hinges, iron arrows and trim are just a few ways you can add details to an otherwise flat surface.

It doesn’t stop there, though. You can add potted plants and greenery to frame your garage, drawing the eye upward!


Exterior lighting is another great way to boost your curb appeal. Look for fixtures that complement the tone and style of your home, bringing the whole look together. Some popular options to consider include driveway lights, uplighting, downlighting and wall sconces.

Ready to Start Shopping for a New Garage Door?

With designers and garage door specialists on staff, we have everything prepped and ready to make your shopping experience a breeze. Give us a call at (714) 528-5670 and we’ll provide a free in-home estimate to cover your project needs!

Anything mechanical eventually breaks down, and your garage door is no exception. However, when the dreaded issue arises, you may be wondering whether it’s time for a repair or a replacement.

Because replacements are often more expensive than repairs, many homeowners prefer fixing problems as they go. Many components are fine to fix, like springs, motors or even panels. But at a certain point, repairing is no longer an option.

Here are five questions to ask yourself when determining if the issue calls for a replacement.


1. Is my garage making strange noises?

Has your garage door gotten stuck or started malfunctioning? Identifying the root of the problem can be tricky, but our team has created a quick process for targeting (and even solving) common issues before scheduling a visit.

Step 1: If you’re experiencing motor problems, it’s not responding or seems dead, check the wall button. Does the light turn on in the machine?

Step 2: If the garage door motor isn’t coming on at all, you’ll want to test the outlet.

Step 3: To test the outlet, you’ll need a blow dryer. Unplug the motor and test the plug. If the blow dryer doesn’t work, it’s an issue with the electricity and not the garage itself. From there, you’ll need to reach out to an electrician.

Step 4: If the blow dryer works, that indicates an issue with the garage door opener. When this happens, you’ll need to bring in a professional to take a closer look.


If your garage isn’t malfunctioning — but simply making loud noises. You may consider a garage door with polyurethane insulation which helps dampen vibrations (often amplified by steel doors).

Another thing that might help is switching out your metal rollers for nylon ones. To be candid, though, we don’t recommend making these repairs yourself.

We’re experts at motor repair. Whether it’s gears, chains or circuit boards, we’re fully stocked and can fix most problems that same day. The key is knowing what sounds to look for.

If your garage is making screeching or cracking noises, you’ll definitely need to call us in. But, if it just sounds like moving parts, simple material swaps should help.


2. Is my garage door, opener or hardware damaged?

Sometimes the damage can be all too obvious. Nothing decreases your curb appeal like a dented, cracked or discolored garage door. If you have a damaged panel, these sections are replaceable.

If your door is wood, metal or an alternative material, give us a call and we can provide some cost-effective solutions.

If the damage is taking place below the surface, you may be experiencing issues with your operator or hardware. Here are some subtle clues to look for:

  • You can’t lift the garage door manually (it’s stuck).
  • The garage door is difficult to open and/or close.
  • The garage door is sagging.
  • The garage door is closing too fast.

Spring life is determined by how often the door is used. If you’re having troubles opening and closing your garage door, call us as soon as possible. In some cases, we can offer a same-day turnaround.

If your garage is making those screeching noises we mentioned earlier, we can replace any damaged or worn hinges, springs or other hardware — bringing new life to your garage.


3. Will I be remodeling my home soon?

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 report, replacing a garage door is one of the top five home improvement projects that generate the highest return on investment. And the proof is in the pictures.

Whether your garage door is cracked or simply discolored, we offer various models and styles to choose from. If you’re looking for something a little more custom, we can help there too.

We’ll pair the architectural style of your home with your design preferences to find a door that’s truly unique.

One of our fan favorites is the Wayne Dalton #8300 model. It has the aesthetic of wood but is made from steel which is much more durable.


4. Is my garage operator lacking modern features?

Our society has made countless technical advances. And now, it’s time for garage operators to catch up. If you’re looking for an upgrade, we offer a full line of Liftmaster, Genie and Merantec operators.

We personally love recommending a Liftmaster (used in the garage above) because of its wi-fi capabilities. You can manage it directly from an app on your phone!


5. Would I like to upgrade to something more durable?

For a more durable door, we highly recommend boosting your insulation. When we mention this, people immediately think of temperature. But in fact, a traditional steel door is like a soda can while an insulated door performs like a double-wall thermos.


Tailored solutions make all the difference.

Ordering garage door products over the phone is pretty risky. Each garage is a little different and our team can help you determine the best (and most cost-effective) solutions for your home.

Whether it’s a repair or replacement, it’s always wise having a professional visit your home and check out the situation first.


Let’s set your project up for success.

A family-run company for over 25 years, we’ll never pressure you into buying something you don’t need. We make it a point to serve, not sell — and offer a free in-home estimate at no cost to you.

No obligations and no fine print. Our goal is helping you fix the problem, however big or small that may be.

If you’re ready to jumpstart your repair or replacement, give us a call at (714) 528-5670.

3 Ways to Reduce Garage Door Repair Costs
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When your garage door breaks down, it’s never convenient, and worse, it’s going to cost money to fix it. However, there are ways for you to save your wallet and reduce those pesky garage door repair costs.

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If you’re looking at garage door installation or garage door replacement, you’ve probably already found that you have quite a few options when it comes to hiring.

The garage door installation industry in the U.S. employs about 64,789 people — but not all those people are equally qualified or will give you a comparable experience.

So, how can you find the right company to hire? Here are five questions to ask before you make any decisions:

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Your Guide to Garage Door Springs

Of all the parts that make automatic garage doors work, springs are among the most important. They control the ascent and descent of your door, meaning that a broken one will put your garage door out of commission until it’s replaced. With that in mind, here’s a basic guide to garage door springs for all homeowners.

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5 Common Garage Door Problems You Should Know How to Recognize

Garage doors are typically the largest moving objects in the home, weighing up to 1,000 pounds. That means they can lead to serious — even fatal — injuries if they aren’t properly cared for and maintained.

What types of problems should you be looking out for? Here are five common garage door problems you should know how to recognize, as well as some tips on repairs or replacement:

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Garage doors are the largest moving objects in the typical home, weighing as much as 1,000 pounds apiece. That means they can cause serious injury — even death — if they aren’t properly maintained.

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7 Benefits That Come With Replacing Garage Doors

If your automatic garage doors are sticky or creaking, it’s possible you can get away with a simple garage door repair service. You might even be able to solve the problem yourself by using a light household oil on the tracks, hinges, rollers and springs (don’t use a petroleum-based product or get lubricant on the opener itself).

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You probably open and close your garage door (or doors) several times a day; a recent nationwide consumer survey concluded that 71% of homeowners access their homes using garage door openers daily.

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