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Understanding the Main Types of Garage Door Openers

July 16th, 2018

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Let’s say one day you come home after a long day at work and you’re ready to drive right into your garage, go inside and relax on the couch. But as you pull in, your garage door seems to stall in place. Long story short? You have to replace your garage door opener. Many people don’t know that there are actually several types of openers that function by different mechanisms.

Chain Drive

If you’re familiar with garage door openers at all, you’re most likely to be familiar with the Chain Drive. This is the most commonly used because they are both affordable and reliable. Chain Drive openers use a sturdy metal chain to lift or push the garage door open. The only downside of a chain drive that many people dislike is how loud they are. The heavy metal of the chain makes it less seamless than other opener alternatives. They are simply constructed, and work with a remote just like other garage door openers. But chain garage door openers are also often made with cheaper materials and have a shorter lifespan. However, a chain drive door opener gets the job done and is a classic, versatile option for most homes.

Belt Drive

Homeowners prefer belt drives because they are a much quieter alternative to chain drives. It may be worth investing in a belt drive if you have children who go to sleep early, or you have a spouse with a late night schedule. Belt drive openers function the same way as chain drive openers, but are made with a sturdy steel reinforced rubber belt. These systems usually run more smoothly and won’t jump or snag. This is usually considered more current technology than chain drive options.

Screw Drive  

Screw drive garage door openers are much less common today, and had their heyday for around 20 years. These garage door openers were the solution to noisy openers, plus they often included newer technological features like safety sensors and electronic limit and force settings. However, eventually these garage door openers gained a reputation for failing during sharp weather changes—a major problem for many regions in the United States. If your home still operates a screw drive garage door opener, it may be time to upgrade. Upgrading to a more modern opener will increase the resale value of your home too.

Jackshaft

Jackshaft garage door openers are considered the latest technology available. If you have a issues with ceiling clearance, or you have a needs that requires a high lift on your door. Jackshaft openers combine the smooth utility of belt drive openers with a greater cosmetic appeal. The only issue is that these openers are actually installed on the side of the garage door itself. Many homes and garages aren’t built to accommodate this, and can’t spare the necessary space for the device. Today, these are one of the most expensive options for your home, but as time passes prices may become more reasonable.  

If you’re looking to improve the resale value of your home, or just make your life easier day to day, consider your options when choosing a garage door opener. Most people don’t realize there are actually several types to choose from.

 

4 Reasons to Insulate Your Garage Door

June 27th, 2018

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Today, everyone’s talking about the importance of energy saving options in and out of the home. Many of you may have heard before that insulating your garage and garage door can yield fantastic results for your home. But many people may not realize just how much this easy step can do for your home and resale value. Not only can you install a garage door with insulation built-in, there are many kits available to affordably update and augment your garage door. Learn more about the top reasons to insulate your garage before the summer heat hits.

1.   Conserve Energy and Save Money

One of the most important reasons to insulate your garage is to prevent air, and therefore the energy you pay for, from escaping. Your garage is a large, uninsulated hole attached to your home. Without insulation, your cool air conditioning or cozy heating will continue to run overtime as compensation. As your system runs indefinitely, that’s money down the drain for you. But it’s not only that—the cold or hot air in the garage actually transfers through the walls to the rooms attached. Most garage doors are made of metal, which conducts heat and cold extremely easily. If you have a wooden garage door, this phenomenon may be less severe because wood is less susceptible to thermal conduction. But the truth is that insulation is still ideal.Your garage is also full of gaps and spaces that aren’t airtight. Adding insulation as well as closing these gaps is essential to bringing that monthly bill down and conserving energy. Your wallet and the environment will thank you!

2.  Keep the Noise Outside 

Noisy neighbors or busy street traffic keeping you up at night? An insulated garage door   can actually be an unexpected solution. Just like soundproofing a room with foam pads, garage door insulation can work in a similar way to keep out unwanted noise. Garage doors without insulation can even be echoey and magnify sounds. Of course, to get the most out of your insulation, don’t forget to put weatherstripping (a garage door stop) at the bottom of the door as well to block the gap. Stopping these gaps will help contribute to a quieter house. Even more importantly, insulating your garage will also soundproof the room for your neighbors, too. You won’t have to worry about receiving complaints from neighbors close by when you’re playing music or workshopping a project.

 

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3. Enjoy your Garage Like Another Room 

When you insulate the garage and find yourself with a quiet, comfortable new space, you’ll realize that you can use your garage for more than just storage! Insulating your garage door gives you an opportunity to use your garage as a rec room: working out, DIY craft projects, maybe even an air hockey or ping pong table. Investing in your garage with insulation makes it a viable hang out spot. Say goodbye to stuffy humid air in the summer or freezing cold in the winter. Insulating your garage door has the potential to keep your garage up to 12 degrees warmer in the winter and 25 degrees cooler in the summer. The investment you’ll make will earn you a priceless return—the sense of another room in your home. That’s more space for friends, family and activities!

4. Protection From the Elements

Rain, wind, heat and snow are an absolute inevitability in most parts of the country. In the south, threats like torrential downpours and even hurricanes are a factor we all must consider as homeowners. Many people store fairly valuable equipment in their garages. Guitars, amps, tools, electronics, and lawnmowers are just a few examples of equipment usually stored in garages. But what do all these things have in common? They’re all uniquely sensitive to water damage, heat damage, and other threats from the elements. To protect your belongings, consider garage door insulation.

 

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The bottom line is that adding insulation to your garage door could be exactly the boost your home needs. Adding insulation to a garage door is a considered a project that many people can take on themselves. Just remember that this isn’t the case for all garage repairs! When your garage door needs an emergency repair, can delivery fast, exceptional service. Don’t struggle to search for parts and complicated instructions when your garage door malfunctions—call an expert.

Protecting Your Garage From Springtime Storms

April 4th, 2018

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From heavy rains and high winds to blistering heat, springtime means a slew of potential damages caused by rainstorms. Because so many people use their garage for storage, it’s vital that this area remains rain free. Personal property, valuables and especially your car, are all at the mercy of rain and wind during the spring and summer months. With April showers and summer thunderstorms approaching, there are some proactive steps that you can take to keep your garage secure and dry.

Rubber Door Stops

Garage door seals are an affordable and easy solution to the threat of water seeping under your garage door. These are essentially pieces of rubber fixed in place by adhesive that fill any existing gap between the ground and the bottom of your garage door. When heavy rains cause flooding and rushing water, a garage door seal can be pivotal in preventing destructive water from seeping into your garage. Luckily, these door stops are also useful for a variety of other reasons including temperature regulation, keeping out pests, energy saving and blocking dirt. Door seals even come in a variety of standard sizes and colors.

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Braces 

When storms hit, many people fear that the roof is where their concern should lie, but this actually isn’t true. In high winds, the garage door sometimes creates a pressure vacuum that can lead to serious damage to your whole home! One solution to the threat of severe weather on your garage door is to install a brace. While braces are more commonly used to protect against the deadly winds of hurricanes, they are a precautionary guard against stormy weather that could come in handy one day, especially if you live in an area susceptible to hurricanes. In the event that you need to replace or repair your damaged garage door, you can visit AmeriServ Garage Doors & Openers online here to find out more.

Understand Your Landscape

The landscape of your yard and driveway actually play a significant role in garage flood prevention. Grass, dirt, trees and shrubs can all work to your benefit or to your disadvantage in the driveway and yard. If dirt surrounding your garage and driveway are raised to a higher level, the soil can wind up pooling and directing water straight under the door. On the other hand, you can use landscaping to help reroute water from the crucial garage door entry point. Leveling soil around your driveway and garage can help prevent pooling, as can strategically planting bushes or plants. You can also lay down sandbags to create a barrier. 

Add a Gutter

Sometimes rainwater entering your garage can actually be the result of water dripping from the roof. In cases like these, adding one or two gutters to the edges of your garage can help syphon the water to direct it away from the door, keeping your interior dry. Not only can water be an issue by damaging your property in the garage, it can also erode your foundation if you aren’t careful. Water dripping onto your garage can also cause the siding to rot, a major problem that you certainly don’t want to confront.

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Protect Against Humidity and Sun Rays

It’s easy to forget that your garage door faces the intensity of summer sun every day among the elements. Sadly it’s completely possible that hot summer rays will negatively impact the quality of your garage door at some point. Sun rays accelerate paint fading, detracting from the overall appearance of your home’s face. Not only do heat and sunlight weather the appearance of your door, they also disrupts the sensors that determine when the door should open and close. This could lead to your garage door opening at unwanted or unnecessary times.

The Bottom Line  

All of these options may help you achieve a longer lasting garage door amid testy spring weather. But here’s the bottom line: Quality installation and garage repair work from experienced technicians is an unparalleled preventative action to take against future mishaps with your garage. If you experience unsightly or inconvenient damage to your garage door this summer, AmeriServ is qualified to solve the problem with a skilled approach. We’ll make sure that the work done to your home is lasting the first time around to minimize future problems. Visit AmeriServ at www.garagedoor.com to find out more about garage door installation and repair.

Benefits of Installing a Wooden Garage Door

March 7th, 2018

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Your garage door is one of your home's most prominent features, and a new garage door can make all the difference when it comes to boosting your home's curb appeal. After all, your garage door probably spans at least 30 percent of your house's facade, meaning that choosing the right one is essential.

In addition to having a big impact on the overall appearance of your home's exterior, your garage door has an important job. For many people, it serves as the primary access point for their home. It also provides insulation against extreme temperatures and outside noise, keeping the temperature of your garage comfortable and boosting your home's overall energy efficiency. For these reasons, a garage door that is durable and secure, as well as stylish, is important.

Wood doors have long been a popular choice for this very reason. Wood provides outstanding insulation, durability and security that's hard to find among other materials, and it offers endless customization options to complement your home's style. Unlike steel and aluminum, wood is a renewable resource, making it a more environmentally friendly option. Keep reading to learn more about why wooden garage doors are a favorite for so many homeowners and whether they're the right choice for you.

Durability that Stands the Test of Time

A well-maintained wooden garage is extremely durable. While vinyl, aluminum, and steel doors can crack or become dented over time, a wooden door maintains its structural integrity for decades. Natural material treatments are available to prevent rotting, bending and warping. Additionally, if the wooden door does sustain damage, you can easily replace the damaged portion or panel, sparing you the hassle and expense of replacing the entire door.

Customizable to Complement Your Home

Wooden garage doors are often custom designed to match the architectural style of your home, meaning that whether you're the proud owner of a turn-of-the-century craftsman home or one of the region's contemporary style homes, you can have a wooden door that blends in seamlessly. Additionally, wood can be stained or painted to match your color scheme, allowing you to achieve a new look without replacing the garage door. No matter the architectural style or color scheme of your home, there's a wooden garage door for you.

Wooden garage doors are available in two main styles: carriage house and traditional. A carriage house garage door, which swings open and is reminiscent of the days when families traveled by horse-drawn carriages, beautifully accents period-style architecture. Traditional garage doors, which open vertically, have become the standard for most properties and are ideal for homes that have limited driveway space or a more modern design.

Timeless Beauty

While fads in architecture come and go, wood is as timeless as it is versatile. It offers an organic charm that other materials can only mimic, making a wooden garage door a worthwhile investment.

Choosing a Wooden Look-A-Like

While wooden garage doors are undeniably beautiful and practical, they're not for everyone. Wooden garage doors are more expensive than those made from aluminum, steel or fiberglass, making them an unrealistic option for many homeowners. Additionally, because they're typically very heavy, they require a more powerful garage door opener, which can add even more to the cost. While they are durable, proper routine maintenance is a must to keep this investment in top-notch condition.

Fortunately, if a wooden garage door isn't an option for you, you can still get the look of a wooden door with other materials. Faux wood doors constructed of fiberglass or steel are an affordable, durable option that provide the beauty of wood without the expense and upkeep.

At AmeriServ Garage Doors & Openers, we specialize in helping homeowners choose the garage door that will accentuate their home's beauty while fitting their budget and lifestyle. We have more than two decades of experience in serving the homeowners of the Atlanta region, and we're here to guide you in choosing the best garage door solution for your home. To learn more about wooden garage doors or to discuss the alternatives available, call us at 667-264-6602 or find us online.

Bringing the Garage Door Online

January 23rd, 2018

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The Internet of Things is taking over. Every year, more and more devices are being controlled and monitored using the internet – from robotic vacuum cleaners and coffee makers to lightbulbs and thermostats. These smart devices aren't just for those who are tech-savvy; when it comes to home automation and control, simplicity and intuitiveness is the name of the game.

It's no surprise then, that smart garage door openers are having such a great impact on the home industry. If you're like most homeowners, you rarely use your front door. You come and go through your garage, and chances are that you've accidentally left it open a time or two on busy mornings. Installing a smart garage door opener is a simple way to control your home's accessibility and enjoy peace of mind day or night. Here are a few benefits that smart garage door openers have to offer.

Convenience

Among the most obvious benefits of a smart garage door opener is the convenience it affords. As long as you have access to the internet, you can monitor and control your garage door. Need to let someone into your home while you're out? No problem; simply open up the garage door app on your mobile device and operate your garage door from anywhere with an internet connection. Lying awake in bed at night (or worse, in a hotel, miles away from home) and wondering if you accidentally left your garage door open? Your smart garage door app can let you know whether the door is open or closed. You can also program the door to open and close at certain times for even greater convenience.

Security and Safety Features

Some of your most valuable assets are likely stored in your garage, including expensive power tools, yard equipment, recreational equipment, and not to mention your vehicles. If your garage is attached to your house, then it is also an obvious access point to the inside of your home. Having a smart garage door opener allows you to carefully monitor your home's accessibility. You'll receive alerts if your garage door is open for too long, and you'll have the ability to open and close your garage door remotely.

Smart garage door openers also come equipped with safety features like infrared safety eye protection systems that detect when a person is in the path of the garage door, and force settings that prevent the door from closing when it comes into contact with a person or object.

Compatible with Your Devices

You don't need to replace your entire garage door to benefit from smart garage door opener technology. These openers are compatible with a wide variety of garage doors, providing a cost-effective option for enjoying a "smarter" home. They can also be used with any smart phone or tablet, making it easy for you to enjoy complete control from anywhere with an internet connection.

Common Risks

Like anything that is connected to the internet, smart garage door openers are vulnerable to being hacked. This risk can be greatly minimized, however, by taking simple precautions. Ensure that you are using a complex password that will not be easily guessed, and changed your password a few times a year.

Ready to learn more about the benefits of smart garage door openers or want to discuss how you can upgrade your existing garage door? At AmeriServ Garage Doors & Openers, we specialize in offering state-of-the-art security solutions for your garage door. Give us a call at 678-264-6602 or connect with us online for more information.

Tips for Winterizing Your Garage Door

January 16th, 2018

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As the outdoor temperatures continue to drop, now is the time to winterize your garage door, if you haven’t already. Extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on your garage door's mechanisms and structural integrity, and too many homeowners find themselves paying for costly repairs that could have been avoided with a few preventative measures. Here are a few tips to ensure that your garage door is properly protected this winter.

Insulate Garage Door and Walls

One of the easiest ways that you can control the temperature of your garage is to ensure that it is properly insulated. If your garage door doesn’t have any insulation, then there is almost no barrier between your garage's interior and the cold, outdoor air.

It's important to note that insulation can be deceptively difficult to install. Do your research to ensure you know the proper insulation thickness for your walls, and make sure that it is securely fastened and cut just the right length for the space.

Replace Weatherstripping

As temperatures begin to cool, you may feel cold air seeping into the garage between your garage door and the opening. If this is the case, then it's time to remove and replace the old weatherstripping. Using a putty knife, pry bar or flat scraper to scrape away the sealant residue, ensure that the surface is as clean and smooth as possible. Then, measure your new weatherstripping by aligning it along the opening so the rubber flap flattens slightly against the door. This will allow it to create a good seal while still allowing the door to easily open and close.

Install a Heating Unit

While weatherstripping and insulation will help keep the cold air out, it's not enough to keep the garage warm. For that, you'll need to install a unit heater. Your garage may already have a built-in radiator, but if it doesn't, you can install a gas or electric heating unit. Space heaters are not only inexpensive and relatively easy to install, but they can help your home's interior stay warmer and protect your pipes and stored belongings from damage resulting from extremely cold temperatures.

Repair Cracks and Holes

No matter how many layers of insulation you've added to your garage door or how efficient your space heater may be, if you have cracks or gaping holes, your garage will still be cold and vulnerable to damage. Prior to installing insulation, check for cracks and holes in the walls and garage door and patch up any that exist.

Hire a Professional to Help

Even if you're experienced in taking on home improvement challenges yourself, when it comes to garage door maintenance, numerous safety concerns and property damage risks come into play. Installing weatherstripping correctly is easier said than done, and insulation that is not properly installed can cause your garage door to come off its track or fail to open. By hiring a professional, you can be sure that your garage will be properly winterized, protecting your investment and allowing you to enjoy a more comfortable winter season.

At AmeriServ Garage Doors & Openers, we have been providing professional installation and repair services for over two decades. To learn about the services we provide, or to schedule a winterization tune-up for your garage door, give us a call at 678-264-6602 or visit us online at: www.atlanta.com.

Why You Should Hire an Expert to Repair Your Garage Door

December 29th, 2017

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Whether you're a seasoned DIY'er, a new homeowner or simply someone who likes to take on new projects, you might be tempted to tackle a garage door repair on your own. After all, how complicated can a regular old garage door be, right?

The fact is that garage doors are a lot heavier, more complicated, and frankly, more dangerous than they might seem at first glance. Before you break out your tool box to try to fix your own garage door, take a moment to review the reasons why you'll want to re-consider whether DIY garage door repair is really worth the risk.

Safety Concerns

It can sometimes be hard to understand the fact that common, everyday items like garage doors can be hazardous, but the fact is that you can seriously hurt yourself by trying to fix your own garage door.

To start with, garage doors are made up of very sharp metal parts that can leave you with a nasty gash, metal slivers or worse. The actual components of your garage door and its tracks are surprisingly heavy, especially if you have an insulated garage door. The cables that lift and lower your door are held under a massive amount of tension by the springs, which means if those springs suddenly let go, or the cable snaps, you could suffer a catastrophic, life-changing injury or worse.

That is in addition to the inherent dangers that come with working on a ladder. Unless you happen to be exceptionally tall (and your garage ceiling is quite short), you'll need to stand on a step ladder to access the garage door tracks, springs, cables, and opener.

Additional Damages

While at first glance you might think you can trouble-shoot your garage door by simply loosening a bolt here and there, there's a really good chance that your good intentions will wind up making the problem even worse. Since you are not trained in garage door repair and are not familiar with the various materials, components and techniques, you could be working on the wrong part or working on it incorrectly, causing more harm than good. 

Remember, your garage is where you keep your vehicle, store your kid's bikes, and maybe even spend time watching Sunday afternoon football - do you really want to risk doing something that could cause your garage door track to come crashing down at any moment?

Repairing vs Replacing

There's dozens of different garage door manufacturers which produce countless models of tracks, openers, and doors, which means that even if you've found a great repair video online, chances are the information won't be right for your specific make and model.

In fact, you could waste your entire weekend trying to complete a repair on your garage door when what you really need is a replacement door. The only way to really know for sure if your garage door needs to be repaired or replaced is by contacting a professional garage door repair expert.

Better Leave it to the Professionals

Once you add up all the safety issues, high potential of causing serious property damage, and the chances that you'll have to call a garage door repair company despite your best efforts, it's clear that the best solution is to start by hiring a garage door repair expert. At the first sign of trouble with your garage door, opener or track, do not attempt to fix the problem yourself – choose one of the many professionals in your area to come help.

We have been providing expert installation and repair services to our customers for over 20 years. If you have questions about your garage door repair, visit our website at: www.atlanta.com.

Choosing the Right Style Garage Door

December 18th, 2017

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Choosing the right garage door is a decision that impacts safety, storage and the overall aesthetic of your home’s exterior. The options are overwhelming, and components such as garage door material and garage door opener systems are important factors you have to consider.

You want to make sure your garage door is going to function efficiently, protect against unwanted beings and enhance your entire curbside appeal. Although there are endless style options to choose from, these primary designs are a good place to start.

Traditional

Traditional-style garage doors are composed of steel or wood, and can either be accompanied by small windows across the top or stand alone. Steel is the more commonly used material for traditional designs due to its durability and lack of routine maintenance needs. Square or rectangular panels add a touch of interest to the front of the garage door, and white paint is typically used in this design, although other colors are always an option. Traditional garage doors are installed with roll-up opener systems, which allow for the most space to be utilized. Traditional, as well as colonial and Cape Cod-style homes frequently looks best paired with this type of garage door.

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Contemporary

Contemporary-style garage doors are designed with aluminum and glass to create a slick option rife with modern characteristics. Aluminum is used because of its lightweight, rust-resistant appeal, and it makes for a crisp framework around the glass panels. For maximum sunlight infiltration and an even sleeker design, a frameless glass garage door is an option. This will create the illusion of one large window, and a variety of glass textures and colors are used. Contemporary garage doors can be installed as swing-out or roll-up doors, although swing-out doors have become increasingly less popular due to their inefficiency. California modern is not the only style of home that can handle such a bold statement piece -  stone craftsman or ranch-style homes also pair well with a hint of industrial flair.

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Carriage House

19th-century carriage houses were used for storing people’s carriages, and the doors had a very unique, barn-like charm that eventually led to today’s carriage-house-style garage doors. They can be made with steel, although carriage-style doors are almost always comprised of wood. Although wooden garage doors are more expensive and less durable than steel ones, their authenticity and detailed crafting potential add much more elegance and classic beauty to your home. What makes carriage house garage doors so unique is their double door feature and swing-out opener system. These characteristics give the doors their period-style, old-world design. Small and cozy home models such as cottages and farmhouse-style houses are commonly paired with these garage doors. However, large, regal home designs such as French-country, Mediterranean and Southwestern houses also look stunning with the carriage house doors.

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Garage Door Help

Although the options are quite overwhelming, the process of choosing the right garage door can be much simpler with the right help. Choosing a company who can install your garage door and repair any problems with the door or opener system is very important.

The experts at AmeriServ Garage Doors & Openers have been providing reliable garage door installation and repair services for clients for over 10 years. For more information, visit AmeriServ’s website at: www.atlanta.com.

How to Find a Reliable Garage Door Technician

August 22nd, 2013

Garage doors require maintenance every year or two,  so it is important to find someone you can trust to do the work when you need it. When it comes to finding someone to service a machine you may know very little about, it’s good to know that the person doing the job has the best intentions. It can be especially frustrating when they seem to dodge explanations, or take a vague approach to what exactly the issue is. This can leave you in a rather awkward position, with the technician insisting you make a purchase you do not fully understand. It’s not uncommon to feel taken advantage of or blindly obligated when the repairman comes onto the scene of the job. However there are a few things that you should expect from an honest and experienced service technician.

 

Firstly, seeing is believing. Your technician should have a comprehensive guide or price book of their company’s inventory for you to have a visual aid in pricing. Alternatively, you may find prices of common parts on your own; this ensures you will have prior knowledge before agreeing to an outrageous, or otherwise dishonest rate. If the numbers make sense, it will put you in a more confident position to move forward with the sale. A garage door technician with a product guide will also know what parts they actually have available, as to not offer a service that they cannot carry out on the spot. A good stock of common parts should also be readily accessible to them. Preparedness and available resources are very important to make a trustworthy worker.

It is easy to say that there is a problem that needs to be fixed; if you didn’t know that already, the technician wouldn’t even be there in the first place! A reliable worker makes an effort to get to the root of the problem and explain it to you in a way you can understand. This enables you and your technician to work together to completely solve the issue and avoid the need for more service calls in the future. Going into details of an issue allows you to give more information that may have otherwise gone unaddressed. Details are so important because when you relay them to someone who is educated about the system, they can in turn apply their knowledge of the machinery. There may be problems that seem superficial to you at first but could grow into a larger, more expensive, fault. On top of this, being vague about a problem can also allow opportunities for an unethical technician to try to up-sell you, needlessly.

 

This is not to say that every claim of a technician is some form of trickery, but you do deserve an explanation and discussion before an extra service is tacked on to your bill. Be prepared to ask questions about why something is happening, or why one product may be preferable over another. Get everything you need, and nothing you don't. There are reliable service technicians available 24/7 in the Metro Atlanta area at AmeriServ Atlanta.

 

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