Your garage door is a big moving part in your home and if not maintained properly it can be a pain. Routine checking and maintenance can greatly extend the life of your garage door opener. The problem is that most people don’t know the proper way to perform maintenance. So here are a few ways to improve life of your garage door opener.
First is lubrication. Make sure that while you are servicing your garage door you ensure that all the moving parts are well lubricated. Parts like rollers, bearings and hinges fall into this category. Make use of a light-weight lubricating substance.
Also check the door’s balance and motion. Release the door so that it could be by hand run for this step. A good guideline to remember is if you cannot operate the door comfortably by hand then your door opener shouldn’t be raising it either. If the door feels heavy then we recommend you contact a door technician to correct the spring tension. Readjusting spring stress threatens and could induce significant injury otherwise done correctly, and leaving a door heavy too long can trigger pricey damages to your door opener.
You should also inspect your garage door springs and tracks. Although there is no sure way to tell how long your springs will last, with regular inspection you may be able to detect issues. If your springs are still in good shape, opening the door manually when it’s disconnected from the opener should be an easy task. If you detect any issues then you should contact a technician as springs under high tension could cause serious injury.
For the tracks, clean them regularly so as to remove dirt and debris that may get in the way of the rollers. Also check to see if they are aligned to avoid dragging wheels that could cause untimely wear. Remember to lubricate your tracks.
Most garage door openers will have a rail that extends from the engine unit to the divider the door is put on. This is the rail that the opener arm goes forward and backward on to open and close your door. This rail must be intermittently oiled to keep the opener moving smoothly and prevent wear and tear.
Sensitivity is also key. You can adjust the sensitivity of most garage door openers. A simple way of checking your garage door’s force of closing is by putting a 2-by-4 under the door and shutting it. If the door bounces back up after it hitting the wood then its level of sensitivity is likely appropriate. If it doesn’t, you may need to reduce the force via a setting on the garage door opener system.
Most of all, call your local garage door repair service center every once in a while. Most owners overlook this essential activity. Viable upkeep, as put forward above, will fundamentally enhance the helpful existence of your garage door and garage door opener yet there may in any case be worries that can be missed by the unpracticed eye.
Overall with these service tips your garage door opener is guaranteed to last for a long time.