A garage door is the largest moving object on your home. Take a few minutes to inspect and test your garage door system. It would be a great idea to make it a regular monthly routine.
We offer an affordable maintenance program to keep your garage door running safe and trouble free. Please call or ask a technician for more information.
There are a few things you can do on your own to ensure safe garage door operation. The most important would be a safety reversal test. All garage doors should stop and reverse upon meeting an obstruction. Basically if it hits something on its downward travel like a car or child it should only apply minimal force and reverse away from the object in the opposite direction. The test consists of placing an object like a 2 x 4 on its side on the floor near the center of the door. With a remote or wall mounted control close the door as you normally do. When it hit's the 2 x 4 it should stop and return to the up position. If the door does not reverse, have it repaired or replaced. Have a qualified technician adjust, repair, or replace the opener.
Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, are required by federal law to have advanced safety features that comply with the latest UL (Underwriters Laboratories) 325 standards. These features mainly consist of infra red safety sensors that if broken will reverse the door and send it back up. Most garage door opener manufacturers are no longer offering repair parts for openers that did not originally come with infra red safety sensors. We usually suggest not investing money trying to repair these openers, replacing the opener is much more cost effective.
The opener only works well if the garage door is also in good condition. Start with a visual inspection of all the hardware. Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear. The garage door springs, bottom brackets, and cables are under extreme tension and should only be repaired or adjusted by a professional.
Lubricate all of the moving parts with a spray lubricant do not use heavy axle type grease. Springs, rollers, hinges, cables, and any parts of the track can benefit from lubrication several times
a year. It is also very important to periodically test the balance of your door. Begin with the door
closed. If you have a garage door opener, use the release mechanism so you can operate the door
by hand when doing this test. You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open around three or four feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of adjustment. Have it adjusted by a qualified service person. Garage Door Specialist offers routine maintenance and service and usually recommends at least twice a year. Seasonal temperature changes from cold to hot and hot to cold are the best times to have your door serviced. Once in the spring and again in the late fall early winter.