• Amarr recalls defective hinges 08/16/2016 posted 2016-08-17 10:44

    Garage Door Corporation has learned that Amarr Garage Doors (an Entrematic company) is asking dealers to inspect hardware boxes for defective and cracked residential end hinges for the SafeGuard sytem #102122 and 102123. This includes all pinch resistant residential models including the Stratford, Heritage, Classica etc. The details came in a Quality Memo #03-16 dated 08/16/2016 as shown below:

    Immediate Action Required - Cracked Residential End Hinge

    Quality Memo 03-16
    August 16, 2016

    Tags: Amarr, recall, hinge, defective
  • Amarr changes full view glass retainer from aluminum to pvc 08/01/2016 posted 2016-07-14 07:18

    Garage Door Corporation has been advised that Amarr (an Entrematic company) is changing the retainer which holds the glass on its full view doors from aluminum to pvc. This includes models Vista (VI1000), Amarr 3502, and Amarr 3552. The change will affect only the following standard colors: Clear Anodize, Dark Bronze Anodize, Black Anodize, and White (powder coated). This change is consistent with other manufacturers (ie Clopay, Ideal, Overhead, CHI).

    Tags: Amarr, vista, full view, glass, retainer, pvc
  • LIftmaster 377LM keyless entry discontinued 06/01/2016 posted 2016-07-14 05:17

    Garage Door Corporation has been advised that the Liftmater (by Chamberlain) model 377LM wireless keyless entry has been discontinued as of 06/01/2016. This information came in a product bulletin # P2016-10 dated 06/13/2016. The 377LM keyless works on rolling code Chamberlain manufactured (includes Chamberlain, LiftMaster, and Craftsman) garge door and gate openers with a purple smart button   Details from the bulletin are:

    Tags: Liftmaster, 377lm, keyless entry, discontinued
  • Clopay announces a 5% price increase effective 08/15/2016 posted 2016-06-23 11:33

    Garage Door Corporation has received price increase notices from Clopay. Clopay has announced a significant price increase of 5.0% on all garage door products effective 08/15/2016. Clopay's last increase was 3.0% effective 02/02/2015. Unlike Amarr, Clopay will honor existing pricing for orders in their system by the date of the increase 08/15/2016. Source is the dealer letter dated 06/23/2016 by Pat Lohse who is VP of Marketing and Mike Taylor who is VP of Sales and Customer Service.

    Tags: Clopay, FAQ's, News, Pricing, 2016, price increase
  • Amarr announces a 5% price increase effective 08/01/2016 posted 2016-06-23 07:09

    Garage Door Corporation has received price increase notices from several of its suppliers. Amarr an Entrematic company has announced a significant price increase effective 08/01/2016. Amarr's price Increase is 5.0% on all residential and commercial sectional garage doors and parts.This means any special order placed after the first week of July 2016 or stock garage door order not picked up by 07/31/2016 will be subject to the higher 

    Tags: Amarr, FAQ's, News, Pricing, 2016, price increase
  • Our BLOG - blog.gdcorp.com moved to www.gdcorp.com/blog on 02/15/2016 posted 2016-02-29 19:39

    Our Blog on garage doors and openers blog.gdcorp.com has been migrated to our primary website www.gdcorp.com/blog as of 2/15/2016. We have found that although having the blog on our dedicated server (Wordpress) was good for the past it was time to integrate it with our expanding primary website. This will allow users to search all content including literature, FAQ's, owners manuals, service bulletins, AND blog entries from one place.

    Tags: News, blog, IT, search
  • Liftmaster 8550w wi-fi serial numbers not recognized by MyQ servers 02/2016 posted 2016-02-06 19:21

    Garage Door Corporation has now had several Liftmaster model 8550w Myq belt drive with battery backup and wi-fi which are not recognized by the Liftmaster MyQ servers. The problem is that when a customer tries to setup MyQ for smart phone access (Android, IPhone, browser) one of the first steps after creating the online account is to enter your MyQ serial number. The Liftmaster server reports that it does not recognize the serial number entered. After checking with Liftmaster support in Tucson, AZ it was determined that this is a known problem which they are trying to resolve.

    Tags: Chamberlain, Liftmaster, News, Opener Maintenance, Product review, defect, MyQ, wi-fi
  • Amarr - Entrematic reduces garage door manufacturing time posted 2016-01-14 15:58

    Garage Door Corporation has received information from Amarr (Entrematic) that they have reduced the in plant production time for their garage doors per the Dealer memo below. This shows a continued effort to improve the service provided by Amarr. The previous report of plant shutdowns for maintenance still applies. After the maintenance window is complete we expect garage door orders which are not stocked in the Chicago distribution center should arrive in less time.

    Tags: Amarr, News, delivery, production time
  • Amarr - Entrematic temporary plant closures for maintenance 01/2016 posted 2016-01-06 17:00

    Garage Door Corporation has received information from Amarr (Entrematic) that there will be scheduled plant production line shutdowns occurring January and February 2016 per the Dealer memo below. This may impact some of our customers by up to 2-3 weeks for orders which miss the cut-off date and are not stocked in the regional distribution center. The majority of our customers purchase doors from the EPS2 line and many are not special orders. Any customers affected by this maintenance will be advised by us directly.

    Tags: Amarr, News, garage door, plant maintenance, production delay
  • GDCORP wishes all a safe Labor Day 2015 / emergency service only until 09/08/2015 at 7am posted 2015-09-05 17:06

    In observance of the Labor Day holiday we are providing emergency garage door service and spring replacement in the N/NW Chicago and suburban Illinois only from 5pm CDT Saturday 09/05/2015 until Tuesday 09/082015 at 7am CDT.

    Tags: FAQ's, News, Service request, 2015, emergency service, holiday, labor day
  • GDCORP wishes all a safe Independence Day 2015 / emergency service only until 7/6/2015 at 7am posted 2015-07-03 14:25

    In observance of the Independence Day holiday we are providing emergency garage door service and spring replacement in the N/NW Chicago and suburban Illinois only from 2pm CDT Friday 07/03/2015 until Monday 07/06/2015 at 7am CDT. You may still visit our website at www.gdcorp.com for faq’s, literature, instructions or to schedule service We suggest calling or send your service email request now if you would like service on Monday. Calls are routed with a preference to the date and time of the original request.

    Tags: News, Service request, Tips, 2015, emergency service, holiday, independence day
  • Liftmaster MyQ outage and false push notifications 04/28/2015 posted 2015-05-02 06:57

    Garage Door Corporation has received numerous customer calls regarding the MyQ false push notifications 4/28/15. Liftmaster reported on 4/28/15 via email that they were aware of the problem and subsequently issued the comment below to explain the problem:  

    Tags: Chamberlain, Liftmaster, News, Sears / Craftsman, MyQ, push notification, service alert
  • Liftmaster.com website not secure on newer browsers due to SHA-1 posted 2015-03-04 10:20

    Don't be surprised if you visit liftmaster.com which redirects to https://www.liftmaster.com and you do not get a SSL padlock in your browser. We noticed recently that Chrome and Firefox have now implemented the long stated policy of not accepting as secure any website using SHA-1 if the SSL certificate expires after 2015. Liftmaster is using SSA-1 which is being deprecated and their SSL certificate expires in 2017. This certificate was issued 07/2014 after it was well documented that SHA-256 needed to be used!

    Tags: Chamberlain, Liftmaster, News, security+, SSL
  • GDCORP wishes all a Happy New Year 2015 / emergency garage door service only posted 2014-12-31 18:17

    In observance of the New Years holiday we are providing emergency garage door service and spring replacement in the N/NW Chicago and suburban Illinois only from 4pm CST Wednesday 12/31/2014 only until Friday 01/02/2012 at 7am CST. You may still visit our website at www.gdcorp.com for faq’s, literature, instructions or to schedule service We suggest calling or send your service email request now if you would like service on Friday. or Saturday.

    Tags: FAQ's, News, Service request, emergency service, holiday, new years 2015
  • Linear LLC changes name to Nortek Security & Control, LLC posted 2014-12-29 06:58
    Garage Door Corporation has learned that long time industry leader Linear, LLC, (www.liearcorp.com) which makes garage door openers and remote controls, has changed its name to Nortek Security & Control, LLC effective 12/15/2014. The current email for your contacts will be active for the foreseeable future. All Nortek Security & Control employees will be transitioning to a new email address format going forward: [email protected].
    Tags: LInear, News, Nortek, Product review, LInear, News
  • GDCORP wishes all a happy holiday / Merry Christmas 2014 – emergency service only posted 2014-12-24 10:16

    In observance of the Christmas holiday we are providing emergency garage door service in the N/NW Chicago and suburbs only from 2pm CST Wednesday 12/24/2014 only until Friday 12/26/2014 at 7am CST. You may still visit our website at www.gdcorp.com for faq’s, instructions or to schedule service We suggest calling or send your service email request now if you would like service on Wednesday. Calls are routed with a preference to the date and time of the original request.

    Tags: FAQ's, News, christmas 2014, emergency service, holiday
  • Price increases coming January 2015 - order garage door now and save posted 2014-12-08 06:48
    Tags: Amarr, Clopay, FAQ's, News, Pricing, 2015, price increase
  • Amarr temporarily stops production of Olympus 500 & Designers Choice 500 posted 2014-06-30 16:20

    Garage Door Corporation, an Amarr authorized garage door dealer,  has just received a memo from Amarr that due to production issues the Olympus 500 and Designers Choice 500 garage doors have ceased production until 07/21/2014. Any customers ordering these doors will not be able to do this until after production resumes. Amarr also announced that the Classica 3000 series garage door will continue to have an extended lead time of 12 days in plant plus delivery - this is longer than usual 6 day but still not bad for this specialty product.

    Tags: Amarr, Energy benefits, FAQ's, News, Product review, Classica 3000, Designers Choice 500, Olympus 500, production delay
  • Intercontinental Dynamics ESP Micom garage door remotes posted 2014-06-29 06:18

    Garage Door Corporation receives calls on a regular basis from customers seeking a new remote for their Intercontinental Dynamics ESP Micom remote control transmitter (usually model T-9) and occasionally a M-9 receiver. The manufacturer has been out of business for over 20 years. There has been one after market clone transmitter but we have found it to be highly unreliable and poor quality. The universal remote controls (ie Clicker Corporation or Liftmaster 385LM) will NOT work with an ESP Micom receiver.

    Tags: Chamberlain, FAQ's, Liftmaster, Opener Maintenance, Product review, Safety, Sears / Craftsman, ESP, Intercontinental Dynamics, M9, Micom, T9, transmitter, universal
  • Liftmaster chain drives too noisy - models 1st qtr 2014 - SOLVED posted 2014-06-22 14:53

    Garage Door Corporation has been advised that some LiftMaster garage door openers (models 1355, 3255, 3270, and 3265-267) manufactured between January and March, 2014 may be generating a higher amount of sound than normal from the powerhead. LiftMaster testing has shown that only a small percentage of these garage door openers vibrate more than LiftMaster finds acceptable. To correct this issue, LiftMaster has designed and tested a Chassis Bracket which an installer can attach to a unit that they determine is experiencing above normal sound levels.

    Tags: Chamberlain, Liftmaster, News, Opener Maintenance, Service request, chain drive, chassis bracket, noisy
  • Genie garage door opener recalls 18,000 units 02/25/2014 posted 2014-04-11 06:43

    Garage Door Corporation has learned that nearly 18,000 Genie garage door openers have been recalled. This is the first recall for a garage door opener in many years. None of the affected units have been sold by Garage Door Corporation. According to http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Genie-Recalls-Garage-Door-Openers/

    Tags: Genie, News, Opener Maintenance, Product review, Safety, Tips, overheating, recall
  • GDCORP patched for OpenSSL (Heartbleed) vulnerability 04/09/2014 posted 2014-04-10 22:36

    The latest SSL vunerability known as Heartbleed affects secure services provided by nearly 2/3 of all servers worldwide.

    Tags: IT, News, Tips, Heartbleed, OpenSSL, SSL
  • Amarr offers commercial garage door in black 02/03/2014 posted 2014-02-05 05:49

    Garage Door Corporation has learned that finally a major door manufacturer is offering a factory pre-painted commercial  black garage door. Amarr announced in the dealer memo below that it will offer the commercial model 2400 ribbed garage door in factory black color beginning 02/03/2014. This is in addition to our previous post on the residential garage doors being offered by Amarr in black. Although there is a modest upcharge for this color it is far less than the cost to have a metal garage door painted in the field.

    Tags: Amarr, FAQ's, News, Product review, black garage door, commercial door, painted garage door
  • Amarr offers black garage doors beginning 02/03/2014 posted 2014-01-26 11:11

    Garage Door Corporation has learned that finally a major door manufacturer is offering a factory pre-painted black garage door. Amarr announced in the dealer memo below that it will offer short and long panel garage doors with and without bead board in factory black color beginning 02/03/2014. Although there is a modest upcharge for this color it is far less than the cost to have a metal garage door painted in the field. Garage Door Corporation has painted numerous garage doors black in the past with very good success. Doors in the Chicago are which are black face east, west and north.

    Tags: Amarr, Clopay, FAQ's, News, Product review, Wayne-Dalton, black garage door, painted garage door
  • Respect, courtesy, love and hard work - a parents lesson and responsibility posted 2014-01-16 05:23

    Every day I encounter situations where my actions are a direct result of the teachings of my parents. From the need to treat every person (customer, vendor, employee, spouse and child) with dignity and respect to the business decisions I must make daily, I find my actions are guided by the fundamental values instilled by my parents. My work ethic is a direct result how I was raised and the hard work which both of my parents demonstrated on a daily basis.

    Tags: ethics, News, family, values, work ethic

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