When you’re running late for work, the last thing you want to deal with is a stuck garage door. To ensure your garage door operates smoothly for years to come, follow these simple maintenance tips each year.
1. Lubricate the door’s moving parts
A small amount of lubrication can go a long way toward preventing noise and keeping your garage door operating properly. Use a spray lubricant to grease up the door opener’s chain or drive screw. It is also a good idea to lubricate the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.
2. Check hardware for tightness
Your garage door moves up and down several times a day and it is not uncommon for hardware to loosen over time. Inspect your hardware and tighten any loose roller brackets or bolts.
3. Test your door’s balance
If your garage door is not properly balanced, the opener has to work harder each time you open and close the door, which means that it won’t last as long.
To check whether the door is balanced, disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle. Then open or lower the door halfway. If the door is balanced, it will hold this position without your help. If, however, the door starts to fall or ride up, the spring’s tension needs to be adjusted.
4. Test the auto-reverse feature
The auto-reverse feature is designed to prevent injury. It is essential that you test this feature at least once a year to ensure it’s working well. Start by placing a large piece of wood or brick underneath the door. You’ll know if your door is functioning correctly when it reverses automatically after coming into contact with the object.
Modern door openers have a second reverse feature—a photoelectric system designed to detect people and pets walking underneath the door. To test this feature, activate the door and step your foot directly underneath the door’s path for just a moment. This movement should activate the door’s reverse function as well.
5. Inspect parts for damage
Over time, parts such as the door’s rollers and cables can become damaged. Inspect parts regularly to ensure every aspect of your door is damage-free. If necessary, replace broken or damaged parts.
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