Maintaining Your Garage Door and Opener

Garage door maintenance is not on most people’s yearly to-do list, however, there are a few simple things you should do each year to keep your garage door rolling smoothly.

Inspection – Examine garage door cables, springs, rollers, and other hardware for signs of wear. If you aren’t sure, have a qualified expert make any necessary repairs.

Lubrication – Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. Use a lubricant designed specifically for garage door parts.

Door Balance – Test the balance of your door regularly. If you have a garage door opener, use the release mechanism to operate the door by hand when doing this test. You should be able to lift the door smoothly. Your garage door should stay open a few feet above the floor. If it does not, it needs to be adjusted. Be sure to have a qualified professional make any required adjustments.

Reversal Test – Make sure your opener has a reversing feature. If a reversing feature is not present on your garage door opener, you should replace it. Garage door openers manufactured today are required by federal law to have safety features that comply with the latest UL standards. Contact your manufacturer or garage door installer for more information. If you have the reversal feature, be sure to test it by placing an object on the floor in the center of the garage door. The door should reverse when striking the object. If it doesn’t you need to have it repaired by a qualified technician.

Test close-force sensitivity setting – Test the close-force setting of your garage door by holding on to the bottom of the door as you close it. If the door does not reverse, the force setting may be too much and will need adjusting.

Garage door cables, brackets, springs, and hardware attached to the springs are under extremely high tension and can cause injury if done improperly. Only qualified persons should adjust them. Torsion springs or the bottom brackets of the door above the door should only be adjusted by a professional as well. Do not attempt to repair or adjust these springs yourself.