Garage Door Maintenance Oklahoma City, OK
GARAGE DOOR PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
The average garage door will go up and down more than 1,000 times yearly. Regular garage door preventive maintenance ensures your operating system continues to run smoothly without posing potential risks to pets, property, or household members. With too much wear and tear and improper maintenance, overhead doors can lock, stick or even fall on cars or other objects that get in the way.
Did you know regular overhead garage door maintenance costs less than repairs? Regular garage door maintenance can also improve safety conditions and increase the life expectancy of your garage door opener, hardware, and parts. We recommend an annual garage door tune-up to help ensure reliable, quiet operation and safety for your overhead door.
Before we get started, remember that any accident — including your overhead door getting damaged or dented by a moving vehicle — requires the help of a professional. An experienced technician, such as the ones at The Good Guys Garage Door Repair, can inspect your overhead door for free. Some accidents require inspection and systems testing that standard garage door maintenance cannot cover.
When you trust the trained professionals at The Good Guys Garage Door Repair, you’re guaranteed comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that will keep your garage door in safe operational condition. Our technicians will perform the following preventive maintenance:
- Perform a safety inspection on the door as well as on the opener or operator
- Tighten lag screws, nuts, and other hardware
- Ensure the tracks are aligned, straight, and tight
- Apply lubricant to moving parts
- Inspect bottom fixtures, shafts, drums, cables, bearing plate, and spring anchor attachment.
- Remove excess debris buildup from the tracks and photo-eye sensors
- Determine if springs need to be re-tensioned
- Inspect the garage door’s spring system for signs of excessive rust or wear and tear.
Remember, a garage door makes up approximately one-third of the exterior of your house, so performing regular preventive maintenance is crucial. When in-between annual maintenance checks, observe your garage door’s daily operation and note any unusual behavior, noises, or debris buildup. Call us today to schedule your professional garage door maintenance!
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Inspect The Door
Inspect the garage door operation about twice a year. Is it louder than usual? Does it operate with a smooth or jerky motion? Do the parts appear to be in even alignment? Before you perform routine maintenance, gather the tools you’ll need, including brake cleaner, safety glasses, and various garage door parts.
Tip: Unplug the automatic door opener before doing preventative maintenance. If working with the door up, affix a clamp on the track under one of the rollers to prevent the door from slipping.
Perform Safety Tests
Perform these safety tests on your garage door system and contact a professional for repairs if the door fails.
Garage door balance:
- Disconnect the garage door from the opener so that it operates manually.
- Lift the door about halfway up, then release it.
- The door should remain in place; if it slips down, it isn’t balanced. Call a service technician.
Mechanical reverse feature:
- Place a piece of wood or a brick on the garage floor in the door’s path.
- Activate the garage door to close.
- When the door contacts the block, it should reverse direction if it does not, call a technician.
- Locate the two photo sensors at the base of the garage door.
- Check the alignment of the sensors; they will light up when adequately aligned. Adjust as needed.
- Activate the garage door. As it closes, wave an object across the sensor path. The door should immediately reverse.
- Test at least three different points in the beam’s path.
Tip: Garage door openers over 20 years old may lack safety features such as these and may need an upgrade.
Examine Garage Door Hardware
Garage door hardware needs periodic inspection for signs of wear and tear.
- Check the garage door tracks and hinges. Use a socket wrench or screwdriver to tighten any loose bolts or fasteners on moving parts.
- Inspect for wear on garage door rollers not attached to the lift cable system. Steel rollers will show worn bearings and may look lopsided, while nylon rollers tend to crack as they age. Purchase and install replacement rollers as needed.
- Look for wear in the lift cables attached to the door. You may notice excessive rust, deterioration, or broken strands in the wires. If they look worn, call for service.
Tip: Do not try to replace garage door cables. They are under high tension and could cause serious injury if not handled by a professional.
Service Chain and Belt
If you hear groaning or slapping sounds as the door operates, check the drive chain or belt, as there may be a little slack.
- First, disconnect the opener from the power source. Raise the garage door to about chest height, detach it from the opener, and then close it by hand to work on the chain.
- Locate the adjustment bolt that connects to the chain or belt. There should be nuts on either side to adjust the drive mechanism.
- Use a wrench to turn the first nut at the side of the assembly counterclockwise. Then, please move to the other nut and turn it clockwise. The chain or belt should pick up the slack.
- Tighten until the chain or belt is about a quarter inch from the bottom of the rail. Do not overtighten, as it could lead to a break.
- Reattach the door to the opener and reconnect the opener to the power supply.
Properly using garage door lubricant helps stave off corrosion in the metal parts. Some screw openers do not require lubrication, so read the manufacturer’s recommendations first. Lubricate the chain or screw with a spray application of white lithium grease.
Service the Seals and Springs
The garage door seal at the bottom of the door — a weather seal or U-shaped astragal — protects the garage from the elements and prevents vermin and snakes from creeping in under the door. The seal should be replaced if it seems brittle or worn. The tension in the garage door springs makes it easier to raise and lower the door.
- Detach the garage door from the opener so that it operates manually.
- Raise the garage door to about chest height. Secure a clamp over the track under the roller to keep the door in place while you work.
- Use a screwdriver or pry bar to unseat the old weather stripping from the channel at the bottom of the door.
- Once loosened, the weather strip should slide out if you pull a free end from the side of the garage door.
- Clean the door groove to be free of any debris. Then, slide a new piece of weather seal into the door groove.
- If the weather seal has trouble sliding into place, pull it back out and apply penetrating oil to the groove. Then re-insert the new weather seal strip.
- Trim the weather strip to about four inches beyond the door edge. Slide the ribbon to the left, fold the overage back in on itself, then slide it back into the door groove.
- Spray the overhead torsion or extension garage door springs with penetrating oil. Spray liberally and do not wipe off excess.
Garage door springs are under high tension, so adjustment or replacement of springs requires extreme care. Consider hiring a garage door maintenance expert if a spring appears broken. Never try to adjust the garage door torsion springs or any bolts painted red or otherwise identified as requiring service by a professional only.
Clean the Garage Door Surface
Keep the garage door clean and in good repair.
- Wooden garage doors should be wiped down with a clean, dry cloth.
- Inspect the door’s surface to see if it needs repainting or staining or shows any signs of insect damage.
- Patch any small holes with wood filler, lightly sand, and then paint or stain as required.
- Wash vinyl or other synthetic garage doors with a soft cloth and appropriate cleaner.
- Thoroughly rinse the door with a hose, then dry with a microfiber cloth.
- Brush down any cobwebs on the inside of the garage doors and wipe with a soft, dry cloth. Go over any needed areas with a lightly dampened cloth.
Replace the Battery and Bulbs
Unplug the garage door opener, then try to open the door with the wall button. If it does not open, you need to replace the backup battery.
- Remove the garage door opener cover using a screwdriver and replace the spent battery with a new one.
- Replace the batteries in the door remotes.
- Replace the garage door opener light bulbs with the size and wattage recommended in the manual.
Fixing a Stuck Wheel
You may need to select the wheels stuck or bound in the garage door tracks.
- Adjust the track brackets to reduce the friction between the door and the track.
- Loosen the nuts that hold the brackets to the door frame, and then make sure there’s about a quarter inch to a half inch of play between the door and the tracks.
Reduce Friction Between Door and Stop
Adjusting the track brackets can reduce friction between the door and the door stop. To change the track brackets, loosen the nuts that hold the track to the shelves, then move the way until the door doesn’t bind.
Adjust the Door Opening and Closing Speed
If the overhead garage door opens too quickly or slowly, adjust the tension of the torsion springs.
- Block the door opening with a pair of locking pliers.
- Change the position of the S-hook on the track brace.
- Check the door speed and adjust the door springs until you get the desired result.
Regular garage door maintenance can extend the performance of your garage door. It ensures it runs as smoothly as possible. Trained garage door technicians should only perform some maintenance services, so check your garage door owner’s manual before attempting any.