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Garage Door Installation – Job Opening


We don’t let a little snow slow us down.

STEICH OVERHEAD DOORS, INC. has an immediate opening for a Garage Door Installer/Assistant.

Be a part of a family owned business providing the best in garage door installation and repairs for over 30 years.  We are looking for the person with the “right stuff”.  Great attitude and willingness to learn.

The right person will be able to do light construction installing garage doors and openers for residential and business customers, be able to lift 50 lbs., be interested in steady year round work with overtime in a drug free environment and have a current driver’s license.  Start at Shop in Bedminster, PA every morning.

There are NO SEASONAL SLOW DOWNS in this business.  We serve our customers year round.


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If you are interested in becoming part of our team email: doorboy@comcast.net

Amarr Garage Doors

Amarr Residental and Commerical Garage Door Installation

Steich Overhead Doors is proud to supply, install and service Amarr Garage Doors.  They have over 60 years of quality garage door manufacturing in the USA and provide you with a product that will give you years of service.  Check out their warranties on Amarr Garage Doors.

Here are some common issues that our customers have with their existing doors.  This information is from the Amarr website.

• My door squeaks when it opens and closes. Springs, rollers and hinges can squeak and be noisy. This is caused by normal use and does not necessarily indicate a problem. Before calling a professional service technician, use a spray-on lubricant (recommended specifically for garage doors). If the noise persists, call a professional garage door installer for service.

• The Cable is frayed.  Contact a professional garage door dealer/installer. Do not attempt to remove, repair or adjust springs or cable. HIGH SPRING TENSION CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

• Garage door does not open smoothly, but in a jerky motion or with loud noises.  This may be due to the lack of maintenance of the garage door or garage door opener.  Consult a garage door dealer for a service check-up.

• When I push the button on my garage door remote, the garage door doesn’t open.   This could be due to several issues.  The most common is that your garage door remote may need the batteries replaced.  The safety photo eyes on your garage door opener may be out of alignment or your spring(s) may be broken.  Please consult your local garage door dealer for help.

• My garage door does not close all the way, but goes back up into the open position.  An object may be blocking the path of the photo eye sensors of a garage door opener or the photo eye sensors of the opener may be misaligned.

• I have a black residue on the exterior of the garage door.  These marks are caused by the oil-coating that is on torsion springs.  Care for your garage door with an annual washing of the door to remove these marks.

• The bottom of my garage door has rust spots.  These rust spots may be caused by salt used during the winter to melt ice and snow or chemical splatter from a driveway cleaner.  Make sure to clean your garage door with water and soap to remove any debris that may remain on your garage door exterior.

Garage Door Care and Maintenance

Take a few minutes to inspect and test your complete garage door system. Make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine. Safety is everyone’s business. Make garage door and garage door opener safety automatic in your home.  Consult owner’s manuals for additional recommended maintenance for your models of door and opener. 


Garage Door Opener Tests:  Reversal Test, Force Setting Test, Additional Safety Devices
Garage Door Visual Inspection:  Springs, Rollers, Pulleys, Cables and Track Lubrication, Door Balance.

There are routine safety and maintenance steps that you should follow once a month. Review your owner’s manual for the door opener. If you don’t have the owner’s manual, look for the opener model number on the back of the power unit and request a manual from the manufacturer.

Garage Door Opener Reversal Test

Make sure your opener has a reversing feature. If a reversing feature is not present, it should be replaced. Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have advanced safety features which comply with the latest U.L. 325 standards. Contact your manufacturer or installer for additional information.

Test the reversing feature every month.

First, test the balance of the door (see “Testing and Maintaining The Garage Door”). If the door is properly balanced, then proceed.

With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2″ thick piece of wood (a 2″x 4″ laid flat) on the floor in the center of the door.

Push the transmitter or wall button to close the door. The door must reverse when it strikes the wood. (Note that the bottom part of “one piece doors” must be rigid so that the door will not close without reversing.)

If the door does not reverse, have it repaired or replaced. Have a qualified individual adjust, repair or replace the opener or door.

Garage Door Opener Force Setting Test

Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force may be excessive and need adjusting. See your owner’s manual for details on how to make the adjustment. Test the reversing feature after any adjustment.

Additional Safety Devices for Garage Door Openers

Many garage door openers can be equipped with additional safety devices. Consider adding a photo eye or edge sensor as an extra measure of safety to protect against entrapment. Keep in mind that adding more safety devices will not make an old opener meet the current U.L. standards.

Make sure the additional safety devices, such as photo eyes or edge sensors, are properly installed and adjusted (see owners’ manual).

Never remove, adjust or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.


Perform routine maintenance steps once a month. Review your owner’s manual for the garage door. If you don’t have a manual, look for the model number on the back of the door, or check the lock handle, hinges, or other hardware for the manufacturer’s name and request a manual from the manufacturer.

Visual Inspection

Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear. If you suspect problems, have a qualified person make repairs.

Lubrication:  Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. However, do not lubricate plastic parts such as plastic rollers and plastic idler bearings. Consult the door owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.
WARNING - Springs are under high tension. Only qualified persons should adjust them.

Garage door springs, cables, brackets and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury. Only a qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions should adjust them. The torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or adjust torsion springs yourself.

A restraining cable or other device should be installed on the extension spring (the spring along the side of the door) to help contain the spring if it breaks.

Door Balance

Periodically test the balance of your door.  Start with the door closed.  If you have a garage door opener, use the release mechanism so you can operate the door by hand when doing this test.

You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open around three to four feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of adjustment. Have it adjusted by a qualified service person.

Commercial Roll Up Overhead Doors

We would like to show you some of benefits of Commercial roll up overhead doors from Armarr Entrematic, one of our major suppliers of Overhead Door products.


The Model 2700 is Amarr’s top-of-the-line high R-Value door designed exclusively for the Commercial and Industrial sectional overhead door market.

Amarr’s top-of-the-line high R-Value door is constructed with a thermal break, and uses foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation createing a strong monolithic panel that is energy efficient.

  • Duty Rating Heavy-Duty
  • Insulation/R-Value19.40
  • Layers 3
  • Warranty 10-Year
  • Upper Price Range

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Amarr Model 2400 Commercial Garage Doors provide the security and durability needed for industrial use.

The Model 2400 is the workhorse of the industry.The deep ribbed 24 gauge steel sections can be factory- or field-modified with CFC-free polystyrene insulation that features a nylon or steel backer to fit the needed application.

  • Duty Rating Heavy-Duty
  • Insulation/R-ValueN/A Or 6.64
  • Layers 1, 2, or 3
  • Warranty 10-Year
  • Mid Range Price

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The 4000 Series Rolling Steel Service Doors provides maximum security and years of worry free operation.

The standard of the industry, the 4000 Series provide excellent security and years of worry free operation. Doors are available in three steel gauges (18, 20, and 22) , depending on the size of the door.

  • Duty Rating Extra HD or Heavy-Duty
  • Insulation/R-ValueN/A
  • Layers 1
  • Warranty 2-Year Limited
  • Upper Price Range

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The Amarr Model 5536 Rolling Sheet Door is designed to be economical without sacrificing performance, craftsmanship, or aesthetics.

The Model 5536 is economical and durable door option for most light-duty commercial applications.

  • Duty Rating Medium-Duty
  • Insulation/R-ValueN/A
  • Layers 1
  • Warranty 25-Year
  • Mid Range Price

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How to Choose A Garage Door

Choosing a garage door might seem like a simple task, but with the almost unlimited styles and types of doors available, it can be a little confusing knowing where to start the process.  Steich Overhead Doors is a leading supplier of residential garage doors in Bedminster PA and the greater SE Pennsylvania area. Our manufacturers include Amarr, Overhead Doors, Clopay, General and all the major residential overhead door manufacturers.

Check out this video from Amarr Door.  It will help you get started in selecting your new garage door.



Please contact us if you are thinking of replacing your overhead door.  We can go over the selection process with you to find a door that fits your home’s style and needs as well as your budget.

Liftmaster Garage Door Openers Rebate

You can save $10 on a new Liftmaster garage door opener with a limited time offer.  Liftmaster is the nations top garage door opener manufacturer.  They have the most current technology built in to their products.  They also have a complete line of openers that will satisfy any homeowners budget.

Liftmaster Elite Series Garage Door Openers

Read consumer reviews of this product at Liftmaster Residential Garage Door Openers.


Check out this video for a quick look at Liftmaster

Choosing a Garage Door Dealer


We believe that the installation of a garage door is not a do-it-yourself job. A garage door is the largest moving object in your home and because of the large number of parts, installation of a garage door is highly technical. Connecting the springs can be particularly dangerous, and proper installation is critical to the performance of your door.

Professional garage door dealer/installers can typically install a door in a few hours and are careful to make sure safety requirements are met. Installations by most homeowners typically span several days and cause much frustration. In addition, incorrect installation can void certain warranties, so we recommend a trained garage door installer to handle the job for you. One of the other services a professional garage door dealer can provide is the disposal of your old garage door if you are replacing a door.

Steich Overhead Doors Is a Leading Supplier of Garage Doors

Steich Overhead Doors is a leading supplier of residential garage doors in Montgomeryville PA and the greater SE Pennsylvania area. Our manufacturers include Amarr, Overhead Doors, Clopay, General and all the major residential overhead door manufacturers.

Proximity, 24 hour service, or dealer showroom available may be factors in determining the right dealer for you. Other factors to consider may be insurance, lead safety certification, warranties, professionalism, references, as well as dealer service and support.  We will be glad to provide you with all of this information so you can feel confident in your selection of the best garage door dealer in the area.

Garage Door Safety

One in fifteen residential garages may lack the latest garage door safety features or may not be operating properly.  Many more garage doors and openers could be showing sins of wear and tear, indications of a need for service.

One of our most trusted garage door opener suppliers is Liftmaster.  LiftMaster® has always been a leader in safety, quality and innovation and  has recently created “Don’t Chance It – Check It”, a national campaign designed to boost awareness of garage safety and encourage you to check your garage door and opener to make sure it is operating properly.


Give Your Garage Door and Opener a Checkup

You may not be able to see or hear it, but your garage door may not be operating properly, or even safely. Don’t Chance It. Check It. with these 3 easy steps.


  1. Check the sides of the garage door for properly installed Photo Eyes (black sensors) mounted no higher than 6 inches off the floor.
  2. Block the Photo Eye with an object over 6 inches tall and press the garage door opener’s close button. The door should not close.
  3. Lay a 1.5 inch-high object on the ground in the door’s path and press the close button. The door should reverse off this object.

Steich Overhead Doors, Your LiftMaster Dealer, Can Help

Once you complete the 3-Step Safety Check, if you find that your garage door is not operating properly or are unsure, contact us immediately and we will work with you to determine the most efficient and economical solution.

Wall Mount Garage Door Openers

You may not realize that there are garage door openers that can be wall mounted.  If your garage has limited ceiling space  or if you just want to free up your garage ceiling for whatever reason, you can still utilitize the latest technology in garage door openers.  Liftmaster, one of our most respected suppliers, offers this type of opener.  The Liftmaster Wall Mount Garage Door Opener mounts on the wall beside the garage door, freeing up ceiling space and is available with an optional power standby power system that continues working even when the power goes out.


wall mounted opener




  • MyQ® technology enables you to securely monitor and control your garage door opener and houselights with your smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • Alerts can be received as email or pop-up (push) notifications on your mobile device so that you always know the status of your garage door and houselights.
  • MyQ mobile app is a free download requiring no annual activation fee.


  • P3™ Motors from LiftMaster® are reliable, durable and powerful – designed specifically for your needs
  • Ultra-quiet eliminates sound and vibration through the ceiling – perfect if you have a home with a room above or next to the garage.
  • Wall mount design frees the garage ceiling of hanging operators and rails and opens up the space for additional storage – ideal for cathedral or obstructed ceilings.
  • Remote light delivers 200 watts of light with adjustable light time delay.
  • Lifetime motor and 5-year parts warranty.


  • Security+ 2.0™ safeguards your household – with every click a new code is sent to the garage door opener so that the door opens only for you.
  • Alert-2-Close warning system provides audible and visual warnings when the garage door is about to close when using MyQ technology or Timer-to-Close.
  • Motion detector activates the garage door opener lights as soon as you walk in so no more fumbling in the dark.
  • The Protector System® has safety sensors that project a light beam across the garage door opening automatically reversing the door if anything interrupts the beam.
  • Power Lock Deadbolt ensures the door cannot be forced open.

To reduce the risk of injury to persons – When the LiftMaster® Internet Gateway is used with garage door openers, the operator must be installed with sectional doors.

Design Your Own Garage Door

There are hundreds of  types and styles of garage doors available today.  Choosing which one is right for you can be a daunting task.  Fortunately, there are websites that allow you to see how different styles and colors of overhead doors would look on your own home.  One of our suppliers, Overhead Doors, has a great site for this.  You can upload a picture of your house and get a good idea of what the different colors and styles of residential garage doors would look like.

Some tips on taking and saving a photo of your home for this site:

  • Your photo should be less than 800 pixels in height and width  with a file size no larger than 6MB.
  • Take your picture with the sun at your  back to get a well lighted image
  • Use the landscape format
  • Make sure the focus is correct
  • Take a head on view of the garage door with entire house included in the shot if possible


Here’s what this webpage looks like.  Just log into Overhead Doors Design Center to get started.


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Painting Your Garage Door

If you are considering painting your garage door, here is a few tips from our friends at Haas doors, one of our trusted suppliers here at Steich Overhead Doors.  Like most anything else, there is a right way to prepare and paint your door so you will be proud of the results.  You can figure on about 4 hours to complete a double garage door.  It”s an easy weekend or Saturday afternoon project.

Take a look.  And as always, give us a call if you need any advice or have any questions concerning your overhead door for your home or business.  We would love to hear from you.