1. LUBRICATE MOVING PARTS
It might only take you about ten minutes per year but taking the time to grease your garage door’s moving parts will help it last for along time to come. Just a small amount of lubrication can make a big difference when it comes to preventing noise and keeping your garage door opening and closing properly. Use a spray lubricant to coat the opener’s chain or drive screw. You can also add some lubricant to the overhead springs, hinges, rollers, and tracks.
2. TEST THE BALANCE OF YOUR GARAGE DOOR
If a garage door is not correctly balanced, the overhead door will have to work extra hard and therefore will not last as long. In order to extend the life of your opener and keep your door operating smoothly, you need to test the balance of your door. Simply disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle. Next, partly open the door manually. If the door is correctly balanced, it will maintain this position without any assistance from you. However, if it moves up or down on one side or the other you will need to adjust the springs. As this can be a delicate matter, it is best to call our team of professionals at Garage Door Commander to ensure you get the balance just right. And keep your door safe and working great!
3. TIGHTEN THE HARDWARE
Since a garage door opens and closes several times in a day, it’s not unusual for the hardware to become loose over time. In fact, the average overhead door opens and closes over a thousand times a year and all of this movement can naturally cause different elements to loosen. Be sure to check the hardware from time to time and tighten any parts that appear to have become loose or contact us at Garage Door Commander.
4. CHECK THE AUTO-REVERSE FEATURE
Testing the auto-reverse feature once or twice per year is a good practice to get into. Designed as a safety feature, the door should automatically reverse when it comes into contact with something as it is closing. To test it, you can put a large item in the path of the door, between the door and the ground. If your Omaha garage door starts reversing automatically when it comes into contact with the object, it is working correctly.
More modern door openers often have a photoelectric system, which is used to detect people or pets walking under the door. As the door is closing, simply wave your foot underneath it and the door should auto-reverse. If your door fails to auto-reverse in either test, you will need to have your opener repaired.
5. VISUAL GARAGE DOOR INSPECTION
Inspecting your garage for water damage, chips and peeling paint from time to time is important to prevent any low-level damage from getting worse. Depending on what material your garage door is constructed from, you may need to carry out additional maintenance. For example, if your door is made of steel, rust spots may develop which will need to be sanded, primed and painted. A timber overhead garage door, on the other hand, may need to be treated to keep the wood from becoming damaged from exposure to the elements. We offer many choices to make sure your garage door is working safe, it keeps the bugs out, and that cold air from creeping in from the sides and bottom