Garage Door Opener Maintenance

Following the garage door maintenance tips below will help keep your garage door operating properly for as long as possible. It may seem a bit counterproductive for us, a repair company, to be mentioning these tips, but what can we say we’re just passionate about garage doors.

That being said, general repairs are a natural part of home ownership as parts and components wear out, so keep in mind that we’re always just a phone call away should a repair become necessary.

  1. Visual Inspection (monthly): With the garage door closed, stand inside the garage and take a look at it’s components including hinges, springs, cables, pulleys, and tracks. Look for any signs of wear or damage, including loose parts and/or frayed cables.
  2. Door Balance Test (monthly): Most garage doors now days have automatic garage door opener systems, so begin the test by disconnecting yours. Lift the door by hand and verify that it moves smoothy and with relatively little resistance. For the sake of safety, it’s also important to verify that the door remains in the open position when it is opened all the way.
  3. Reverse Setting Test (monthly): (applicable to automatic openers only – In accordance with federal law, all openers that were manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required to h) Hold your garage door opener transmitter in your hand with the garage door open. Press the button to close the door and as it descends stretch your hand out to catch it. If the door does not reverse almost immediately it’s important that you pull your hand away promptly.
  4. Reversing Laser Test (monthly): (applicable to automatic openers only). Open the garage door completely and then close it using your transmitter. As the door closes use a long object, like a broom, to break the path of the beam between the sensors on either side of your garage door. The door should reverse immediately. If however the garage door does not reverse, first not try cleaning the lenses of each sensor with a soft, dry cloth, and then check to ensure that the photo eyes are not out of alignment. Many of the newer models have indicator lights on them that will glow when the senors are in alignment, and many also will cause the garage door opener to not operate if they are not properly aligned.
  5. Lubrication (Twice Per Year): Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to your garage door’s rollers, hinges, and tracks.

Important Notice: All garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have the following:

  • An automatic reverse feature, that reverses after 2 seconds upon sensing an obstruction;
  • A 30 second reverse timer, that automatically reverses the door 30 seconds after sensing that the door has not reached its fully closed position
  • A secondary entrapment protection system, which may consist of either an attached and working external device (i.e. an edge sensor or photoelectric eye or an inherent secondary system)
  • Your garage door must close using your manufacturer’s suggested devices, either a wall switch or a push button remote control.
 

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