Maintaining Your Garage Doors So They Perform Properly

Posted on: 26 December 2018


If you have garage doors on your home, you want to make sure that they work correctly when you need them to. The best way to do that is through preventive maintenance. If you take care of the door properly, the door will be much more dependable and you will be able to use it when you need it. 

Inspect the Door Parts

Several times a year, it is a good idea to take a look at the door and make sure everything is working correctly. The tracks should be checked to ensure that they are still straight. The locks should be checked, the wheels that the door rides on need to be looked at, and the chain on the door opener should be checked so you know the tension is right. The cables that assist the door in opening and closing should be inspected for fraying or kinking. Anything that looks out of place or seems off, should be checked by a garage door service.

Oil the Moving Parts

Keeping the moving parts of the door and opener lubricated with light machine oil is a good plan. It will keep the parts working properly and the door opening correctly. Because the wheels have bearings in them, they do not need the oil to turn freely. If you put any on the track, only use a minimal amount so it does not attract dirt and turn it to a sticky mess. 

Adjust the Door Opener

If the door opener is not working the way it should be, it may be time to adjust it. To make sure the adjustments are correct, it is a good idea to call a door technician or door company to come and fix the door for you. The opener may need the chain adjusted if there is too much slack in it or if it is tight and binding. In either case, it is a good idea to have a professional set the opener for you.

Checking the Safety Sensor

All modern doors have a sensor on the frame that tells the door not to operate because something is under the door. The sensor will not be able to tell what is in the door, just that there is something under it or in the door frame. The sensor uses a reflected beam of light to detect when something breaks the beam. If there is something in the doorway, the door will not operate, but if the reflector and sensor are misaligned, you might need them to adjust to get the door opening and closing again