Garage Door Maintenance
Keeping your garage door properly maintained is beneficial not only for your safety, but for keeping drafts and animals from your home.
We often take for granted the little things around the house that make our life easier. One item that falls into this category is the garage door and opener. We don’t pay any attention to these devices unless they fail to work. As life often goes they fail when you have a 9 am meeting or appointment, you’re running late, and your cars are stuck inside because of a door or opener problem.
Truth is many of the problems that occur with a garage door opener could be prevented with a little periodic maintenance done either by yourself or by a professional.
Checklist for Doors:
- Inspect cables, rollers and pulleys for fraying or signs of wear.
- Lubricate rollers, pulleys, and other moving parts with a light weight oil.
- Check track alignment.
- Tighten hinges and screws.
- Check spring balance. With the door in the closed position, disconnect the door from the opener and raise the door to waist level. When you let go, the door should remain in place. If it doesn’t, the springs need to be adjusted by a professional. Poor spring balance can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your opener, thereby shortening its life.
Checklist for Openers:
- Test the automatic reverse system of the opener. The door should stop and reverse when it comes in contact with an object. Manufacturers often suggest using a 2x4 board. You may also want to try a softer object such as a cushion or cardboard box to make sure the sensitivity of the opener is set to reverse even when it hits something soft. Garage doors often weigh 250 lbs or more. so you want to make sure it stops should a child or pet get caught under it.
- New openers come with an electric eye that reverse the opener if an object crosses the path of an infrared beam. If your opener has one, be sure to test to make sure it is functioning properly. Consider purchasing a new opener if you don’t already have this safety feature.
- Check the opener belts or chain for signs of fraying or wear.
- Periodically take off the cover to make sure there are not any uninvited guests located in there. Mice and small birds will occasionally nest in the opener.
- Use a surge protector. It won’t guarantee the opener will be safe if lightening strikes but it is better than nothing.