Preventative Maintenance Tips for Your Garage Door

Routine Maintenance Helps Keep Your Garage Door in Optimal Shape

Garage Door LubricationPreventative maintenance is, by far, the best way to keep your garage door and all of its components in optimal shape. Moving parts take damage over time; that’s just a fact of life whether you’re talking about human beings who feel joint pain or something mechanical, moving parts wear out. Preventative maintenance is the best way to keep up with everything that could wear out. We see the dentist when it’s time for a cleaning, we see our physician when it’s time for a checkup, and we take our car to the garage when it needs an oil change. Preventative maintenance keeps us healthy and keeps our lives running smoothly. Here are some preventative maintenance tips to help keep your garage door in optimal shape all year.

Visual Inspection

Perform a visual inspection of your garage door and the mechanical system that opens it at least once a month. Pay close attention to the rollers, chains, pulleys, mounting hardware, hinges, and springs. Look for obvious signs of damage including fraying cables.

Door Balance Test

Check the door for proper balance once a month. Disconnect the automatic garage door opening system, and open the garage door manually once the system is fully disengaged. You should be able to easily open the garage door fully with little resistance, and it should remain open. The door may be out of balance if it does not remain open without assistance.

Reversing Mechanism

All garage door openers that were manufactured after 1993 are required to be equipped with a reversing mechanism. This very important mechanism was put in place to add much-needed safety to the garage door. You can test this system by putting something hard, like a board, in the opening where the garage door hits the floor. Press the button to close the garage door. As soon as the garage door hits the piece of wood, it should stop and reverse back to the open position.

Photo Eye Test

Garage Door Photo EyeMuch like the reversing mechanism, the photo eye is designed to stop the door and reverse the action to prevent serious accidents. To test the photo eye, press the button to close the garage door, and wave a broom or some other long object in front of the door’s eye. The object should break the line of sight to the garage door and automatically stop and reverse to prevent injury

Force Setting

This is another way to test the safety of your garage door. Fully open your garage door and from the fully open position, press the button to close it. Stand at the opening with your arms outstretched in front of you. Hold them rigid as the door starts to close down on them. It may put a little pressure on your arms, but it should stop movement and reverse rather quickly. Step away from the garage door immediately if it does not stop and reverse.

Lubrication: The Best Preventative Maintenance

All moving parts require adequate lubrication in order to continue to work efficiently. Spray lubricant on the hinges, rollers, and tracks once every six months.

The Overhead Door Company in Tampa Bay has been in business for more than 60 years. That’s a lot of years servicing the good homeowners of the Tampa Bay area and assisting with the sales, installation, repair, and maintenance of high quality garage doors. Take advantage of any of our special garage door maintenance specials at any given time. Give us a call at 813-885-DOOR (3667) to schedule a garage door maintenance appointment with us.

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