Garage Door Maintenance in Raleigh, Cary, Wilmington, & Surrounding Areas
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Garage Door Maintenance Plans
The best way to extend the life of your garage door – and avoid the inconvenience of a broken garage door – is with routine maintenance. We recommend two maintenance appointments per year: one in the spring and one in the fall, before winter weather sets in. When you choose Garage Door Specialist for your maintenance needs, here is what you’ll get with each appointment:
Check for signs of wear or tear on the door and operator
Tighten all nuts, bolts, and hinges
Adjustment of the tracks, chain, and belt if needed
Checking the balance and adjustment of the spring, if needed
Check the weather seals for any unnecessary gaps or spaces
Ensure the safety reverse setting on the operator is properly reversing
Lubrication of the operator rail, as well as all moving parts and components to prevent rust
Check with homeowner to make sure all operator accessories are functioning and reprogram or recode the keypad, homelink, or remote as needed
4 Garage Door Maintenance Tips You Can Do Yourself
A regularly scheduled maintenance appointment can save your money long-term by uncovering small issues before they become costly. You can begin this process yourself by completing these four steps:
1. Perform a Safety Reversal Test
Your garage door should stop and reverse to avoid any obstruction in its downward path. This means it should only apply minimal pressure to an object blocking its motion. To test this, place a 2×4 on the floor near the center of your garage door’s closing plane and close the garage door. It should stop once it reaches the 2×4 and retract upward. If it stops, your garage door has passed the safety reversal test. If it does not, contact Garage Door Specialist today!
2. Ensure Your Garage Door Opener is Compliant with Federal Law
Any garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, are compliant with federal law under UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Standard 325. This standard requires all garage doors to contain infrared safety sensors. Unfortunately, most garage companies have stopped selling replacement parts for openers made before January of 1993. We advise against spending money to repair an old sensor and recommend contacting Garage Door Specialist to ask about our garage door opener selection.
3. Inspect Your Garage Door
It’s pretty easy to assess the immediate condition of your garage door, but it’s important to look closely to inspect the hardware, including the springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other hardware for signs of wear and tear. If you do suspect damage or deterioration of any part of your garage door, contact Garage Door Specialist today. These pieces hold tension, so let one of our experts assist you.
Click here to see a diagram of everything that may need inspecting.
4. Conduct a Balance Test
It is important to keep your garage door in balance and well-adjusted. To determine the balance of your door, close it and use the release mechanism on your garage door opener to allow you to manually move the door by hand. You should encounter smooth movement with little resistance when you move the door upward. It should rest stagnant at 3 to 4 feet off the floor. If it does not, it is out of balance and should be adjusted by a professional. To have your garage door inspected or adjusted, contact us today.
Protect Your Family And Your Home
Your garage door serves as a key entry point to your home, adds a layer of security against break-ins, and increases your curb appeal. It’s the largest moving object in your home, so it’s important that it’s always functioning properly. Just like other investments, your garage doors require care to perform their best!
Regularly scheduled maintenance appointments ensure that your garage door is in working order. Our maintenance plans help avoid broken safety sensors, malfunctioning operators, faulty keypads, and so much more.
Trust Your Garage Door Repairs to Garage Door Specialist
At Garage Door Specialist, we can also provide repair and installation services. If we discover any issues during your maintenance appointment, we can repair them. If we think it will be cheaper to install a new door, we’ll help you through the installation process.
Our team is ready to help. Give us a call today to schedule a maintenance appointment at (919) 841-0300.