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Garage Door Semi-Annual Maintenance

One of the most important duties that homeowners are responsible for is garage door maintenance. This tasks extends the longevity of the garage door and provides safety for the whole family. Garage door maintenance is not overly complex and does not require a large amount of your time. On the other hand, most professional garage door services include routine maintenance.
Semi-annual maintenance can generally be broken down into five categories. The tasks in each are equally important in keeping your garage door functioning at maximum capacity. These steps can be completed by do it yourselfers; especially those with mechanical experience. Those who have no spare time or the required knowledge should leave it to the local garage door experts.

Visual Assessment

The first step is to assess your garage door to determine which items need attention and which do not. First use the remote to raise and lower the garage door while you stand inside to watch. Repeat this while standing outside the garage. Be on the lookout for jittering or strange noises as well as be sure that it closes and opens completely.
Inspect all of your garage door components from the smallest hardware to the tracks, springs, and cables. Any item which is damage, frayed, or worn should be replaced. Ensure that the tracks are not warped or dented. Frayed safety cables and broken springs are an extreme hazard. They present dangers to family members, human and furry, as well as your property.

Assurance Testing

Check the balance of your garage door by manually raising the door with the electric opener disconnected. This should present little to no resistance and the door should stay completely open. Any issues in this area should be addressed as quickly as possible.
Test the reversing mechanism to ensure that it is functioning as it should. Most individuals use a large block of wood as a stop. When the door makes contact with this obstacle, it should automatically stop moving then reverse directions. It is extremely important to contact a garage door tech to inspect this safety feature, if it is not working properly.

Senor Beam Testing

Use the remote to lower your garage door and an item such as broom handle to disrupt the sensor beam. If the garage door does not reverse, this is another important issue for your garage door tech. Before contacting your local tech try cleaning the eye with a soft cloth and retesting the senor beam.

Force Limit Testing

Use the wall control to close your garage door and your hand to offer the door some resistance. This should only be light pressure and the door should automatically reverse. If it continues its downward descent, move your hands, or whatever you are using to provide resistance, immediately. Contact a garage door specialist to resolve this issue.

Clean & Lube

Your garage door should be thoroughly cleaned including clearing the tracks. Any debris or dirt must be removed to prevent malfunctions. Never use lube on the track; however, it is safe to use a bit of WD-40, if necessary, to remove all of the grime. A premium quality lithium lube should be used on the hinges; arm bar; stem; nubs; and metal rollers designed with ball bearings.
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Quieting a Noisy Garage Door

One of the most common complaints that homeowners have is that their garage door makes too much noise. There are several items to consider, if the garage door noise has increased. It is important to first determine the cause because it may be a warning that something more serious.
Many of the causes of the increased noise are rather simple to fix, especially for experienced DIYers. Of course many times it is not the knowledge, but time that prevents them from completing these tasks. All of the things are very good reasons to call a garage door specialist to ask for advice.

Dampen Noises

Components to inspect for the cause of the noise include loose hardware, lack of lubrication, worn out rollers, and faulty door opener anti-vibration pads. All of these things may be rectified by anyone handy around the house. Below is a comprehensive list of inspect items to determine the issue.
• Garage door hardware loosens with use and can create a great deal of noise during operation. Use a socket or traditional wrench to systematically tighten all of the hardware.
• The second cause may be that they are so worn that they have begun to squeak when they move. A quality lubricant may do the trick, if the rollers are still in good shape. Non-silicone lube is best for metal rollers; however, if they are nylon, lubricate the bearings only and do not use any lubricant for nylon rollers.

Note: WD-40 is not a lubricant, but a powerful cleaner. Never lubricate the tracks with anything. This may cause the garage door to become unbalanced due to slippage. It may be wise to consult a professional for the lubrication or replacement process.

• Springs which are in need of lubrication tend to make a great deal of racket. A metal lubricant or motor oil may be used for them. Home owners should be aware that while this is a simple task, it is also extremely hazardous. Due to intense pressure it may result in injury to persons, death, or damage to personal property. Call a garage door tech for safety.
• Move garage door hinges from side to side to inspect for damage and wear. If these are worn, they will need replacement. If the hinges are not worn, they may simply need lubrication.
• Inspect the tension on the trolley apparatus to determine if it is loose as well as whether it is a belt drive or chain drive system. A metal lube may be used for a chain drive system. A belt drive system should never be lubed or greased. Check the garage door and opener instruction manuals for exact directions. In the event that the manuals have been lost, they most likely can be downloaded for free from the respective websites.
• Note that many types of concrete garages are noisy in general even when functioning properly. The concrete amplifies the noise from the garage door operation. It may be possible to insult the garage door supports to dampen the noise.

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Our professional garage door crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door consists of highly trained specialists. Contact us for any questions or concerns and we will be more than happy to address them. We can take care of all of your garage door needs whether you simply have no time, no knowledge, or do not have the proper tools for your project.

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