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Garage Door Maintenance & Tune-up

  • Posted on: May 20, 2014
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This article will briefly go over the common garage door maintenance & tune-up practices that can be performed by the home owner to ensure proper operation and safety.

  • Inspect both cables (located on the sides of the door) and make sure those aren’t frayed, damaged or rusted. If they are, ┬ácontact a professional to get them replaced, as performing this repair without the proper knowledge and tools might be dangerous.
  • Check the garage door spring balance by disengaging the garage door opener from the door, this would generally be performed by pulling on the release rope above the door. Once the door is released and can be operated by hand, move it up and down a few times. The door should not move on it’s own, and should be stationary once left open and closed all the way. A well balanced door should not move up or down once set to the half-open position. If a door fails one of those test, it should be looked at by a professional. A door that has not been properly balanced will cause excessive wear on the garage door operator gears.
  • Lubricate all the rollers and hinges, white lithium grease works the best, but you can use any lubricant. Avoid greasing the tracks directly, as this is not required and might cause the rollers to “pop out”. The spring should be lubricated with a low-viscosity lubricant, such as WD-40, silicone spray, motor oil etc. This will allow the lubricant to flow between the coils rather than just coat the surface.
  • Check the rubber gasket on the bottom of the door, it will shrink/crack with age and might need to be replaced.
  • Your garage door opener is equipped with several safety features; those should be checked annually. Refer to your user manual.