Garage Door Maintenance – Best Times To Call a Professional

Garage Door Maintenance – Best Times To Call a Professional

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Regular garage door maintenance greatly improves the life of your garage door. With proper maintenance your garage door can last over 30 years. We want to help you understand what to monitor and when to call a professional. See our checklist below explaining what items on that list you can do, and which ones are best left to a professional. 

If you bought a home with a garage, one of the first things you can do is to have your garage door inspected by a professional to ensure it will continue to operate for years to come.  

HELPFUL TIP: We recommend having your garage door inspected annually and maintained by a professional.

Limit use

A simple thing you can do to help maintain the life of your garage door is to limit the use of it. Many homeowners use the garage as a means to enter their home. By using the front entry door, you limit the number of cycles put on your garage door and your springs.

Garage door hardware (like springs) has a life cycle. For example, most garage door torsion springs are rated for 10,000 cycles. (A cycle of a garage door is equal to one full open and close sequence.) Think of it as opening and closing your garage door 10,000 times.

Inspect Garage Door Hardware

While your garage door is closed check the various hardware components. When in operation, listen for noises such as squeaking. If you notice any issues, call a professional.

  • Rollers – Look to see if all rollers are moving properly or if they are coming out of the bracket. If the latter is the case, close your garage door and do not use it until a professional is able to come service it.
  • Weather Stripping – Check for damage or gaps in the weather seal along the door.
  • Inspect Cables – Check for broken strands or fraying (Do not attempt to fix the cables or replace. This should be done by a professional.)
  • Hinges – Check for loose or missing bolts. (We recommend you do not do the work yourself but call and have a garage door professional fix hinge issues.)
  • Springs – Listen for noises that are loud or out of the ordinary. If your spring breaks or is broken, immediately call a professional to come out to safely replace the spring.
  • Opener Belt or Chain – Check the chain for buildup and the belt for cracks or fraying.
  • Safety Eye Alignment – Most modern safety eyes make it easy to confirm they are in alignment. Both eyes have lights on them and when something is blocking the sensors, or they are not in alignment, one of the lights will flash.
  • Garage Door Track – Check the track for debris. A common area where leaves and dirt build up is near the bottom of the track around the garage door floor. Remove debris as needed.

HELPFUL TIP: If any parts of the garage door or hardware have issues, we recommend contacting a garage door professional to conduct a full inspection and complete any needed repairs.

Test the Door Balance & Auto Reverse

There are a few simple tests you can conduct to see if your garage door has balance issues or if your opener is not working as it should.

  • Close your door and look at the bottom of the door, checking for any light leaks or gaps.
  • A second test is to disengage the garage door from the opener and manually open the garage door halfway. Look to see if the door moves up or down significantly. If the door is balanced properly, you should see very little movement.

Garage Door Opener Door Release Chord. these are typically read and hang from the garage door opener track.

  • Most garage door openers today have a safety feature built in that will auto reverse the door when it meets resistance. You can easily test this function by adding a piece of wood (such as a 2x4) on the ground under your door and then cycle it to close. If the auto reverse is working the door will auto reverse once it closes on the piece of wood. If it does not, contact a garage door professional immediately to have your opener tested and the limits reset.

Wash Garage Door

Often overlooked, but important to extend the life of your garage door, washing your door will help extend the life of the weather seals around the outside of the door as well as improve the curb appeal of your home.

Replace Garage Door Opener Batteries

A good habit to follow is to replace the batteries in your opener remote every other year.

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