26100 Newport Rd, Suite A12-406 Menifee,
All other hours are considered "Emergency" and billed $50 more.
You are not billed extra if you call during off hours to set up an appointment.
Not Canyon Lake,
As the company name implies I do repair and service on garage doors and openers primarily in Menifee to avoid travel.
I do not install new doors.
(Though I take care of existing customers slightly outside of Menifee.)
Before I start I give an estimate.
Usually over the phone.
If I can not fix the problem then I charge nothing.
Not even for gas.
Garage Door Security
I've been seeing despicable advertising by garage door opener manufacturers
fancy expensive openers lately.
The up-selling revolves around security.
Hopefully it is a fad that will pass.
Unfortunately I hear that in places like Orange County this fad is out of control.
So I'm writing this piece in the hopes of exposing this craze for what it is before you spend time and money on it.
However it seems fear based marketing always wins so maybe I'm just wasting my time.
First off most things are built to fail these days.
They are only good enough to last a few years.
When they fail you may not have the receipt.
The place you bought it from, if you do have the receipt, tells you to contact the manufacturer.
The manufacturer is very hard to get a hold of.
Hours on the phone waiting.
Somebody with a barely understandable accent tells you their name is Tom.
You've probably had to put up with this before.
And then the questions come and they try to diagnose it with you over the phone.
If you are lucky they send out a piece to replace.
It doesn't work and you repeat...
Or you call a garage door dealer and they sell you a new opener because it's cheaper than trying to fix your existing technological wonder.
Hopefully the second time around you learn to only go for the basics with no extra features to cause grief like the following will:
Electronic temperature sensor and display?
Nice. What's next, humidity displays?
What does a garage door have to do with the weather?
Why are you paying for this?
Is that suppose to be a good thing?
One, you may have to call somebody to program this every time there is a power outage, you change ISPs, or when the weather changes.
Two, it is another way to get hacked.
This IoT, Internet of Things, where they hook up your printer, toaster, fridge, coffee pot, to the internet is a nightmare.
A simple google of
will show a long list of horror stories.
There are even
of garage door opener companies disabling your garage door remotely because the owner left a bad review.
These IoT things once hacked have access to your home network and can then possibly open your garage door.
Or via the internet somebody can randomly hack in.
Or they can hack your cell phone and then get into your house via your garage.
Do you really want to open up your door to the internet?
Motion sensors for security?
They break on a regular basis.
I'd rather have the motion sensors built into my alarm system.
Where they can be replaced if they go bad.
Even timers go bad.
They may close your door if you have left it up.
Or turn off your lights too.
However when a timer goes bad you can simply turn off the lights yourself.
There are many timers from Liftmaster, Genie, Chamberlain, Craftsman that have gone bad in Menifee.
I tell the owners to turn off the lights manually on the wall switch.
Or just remove the light bulbs and buy a separate light with its own motion sensor from the hardware store.
Much cheaper than replacing the opener.
But what happens when the garage door timer is an integral part of your security?
I wouldn't mind batteries if they were meant to last 20 years or longer.
Most of the ones I've seen fail after two years.
Almost as if they have a timer built into the opener that senses how long the battery has been there.
Then once the battery has been there for two years the opener makes a sound like a smoke alarm.
A strange sound that is very hard to pinpoint.
Every few minutes it makes a short smoke alarm sound.
Sometimes months go by with the owner not being able to figure out where that noise is coming from.
Then the price of the battery can be expensive.
I made the mistake of buying a replacement battery from the manufacturer.
It cost around $70.
Later I discovered Lowes sold them for about $30.
And the poor home owner that can't lift their door during a power outage is probably not going to be able to replace their battery either.
So it costs them maybe $200 every two years for a new battery.
It is horrible to see this type of exploitation.
Automatic garage door lock?
Sure, another failure point...
All these "features" may seem desirable but really are not.
I'd like to think people just want their door to open and close, quietly and reliably, and never have issues with the system for decades.
Instead they buy a tricked-out garage door opener with many extra components that increase the likelihood of failure.
And if they are tied into your sense of security it becomes expensive.
How do thieves break in?
The most common way I've seen has nothing to do with the garage door opener.
Either they ram the side of the door with their car or they steal a transmitter somehow.
(No, the coat hanger routine on the internet is not a common way.)
It's possible a WiFi connected garage door opener can alert you to a break in.
But you know... An alarm system that covers your entire house will do a much better job.
If you are worried about theft do it the right way!
It's not like you are getting anything more out of a fancy opener other than a headache.
Normal alarm systems will tell you if your garage door is open or closed.
You also have the option of closing it with your alarm system.
You can also have motion detection in your garage.
As well as in other places.
Just do it right and avoid the hassles associated with Mickey-Mouse garage door openers!
Get an opener with a DC motor.
Any HP will do.
That opens the door gently and closes the door gently.
And a belt drive so it is quiet.
Avoid buying any opener that has gimmicky fad features.
They are only going to cost you time and money over the long run.