MAINTAIN YOUR GARAGE DOORS IN DELAWARE
THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR GARAGE DOOR MAINTENANCE
Your garage door and its opener are comprised of over 300 moving parts that need to work in synchronization to raise and lower the door properly. Like other pieces of complex machinery, your garage door needs occasional maintenance to ensure it continues to operate as it should. With a tune up from Delaware Express Garage Door Service, our garage door specialist will inspect your garage door mechanisms to ensure that everything is working as it should. That way, you'll be more likely to avoid a garage door emergency when you least expect it.
Warning - Springs are under high tension. Only qualified persons should adjust them.
Garage door springs, cables, brackets and other hardware
attached to the springs, are under very high tension. If
handled improperly, they can cause serious injury. Only a
qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person
carefully following the manufacturer's instructions should
adjust them. The torsion springs (the springs above the door)
should only be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to
repair or adjust torsion springs yourself.
You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open around three to four feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of adjustment. Call Delaware Express Garage Door Service to have it inspected.
Take a few minutes to inspect and test your complete
garage door system. Make monthly inspection and
testing a part of your regular routine.
Safety is everyone's business. Make garage door and garage door opener safety automatic in your home. Consult owner's manuals for additional recommended maintenance for your models of door and opener.
For this test, make sure your opener has a reversing feature. If a reversing feature is not present, it should be replaced. Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have advanced safety features which comply with the latest U.L. 325 standards. Contact Delaware Express Garage Doors for additional information.
Test the reversing feature every month.
First, test the balance of the door (see “Testing and Maintaining The Garage Door”). If the door is properly balanced, then proceed.
With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2″ thick piece of wood (a 2″x 4″ laid flat) on the floor in the center of the door.
Push the transmitter or wall button to close the door. The door must reverse when it strikes the wood. (Note that the bottom part of “one piece doors” must be rigid so that the door will not close without reversing.)
If the door does not reverse, call Delaware Express Garage Doors to adjust, repair or replace the opener or door.
GARAGE DOOR OPENER REVERSAL TEST
Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force may be excessive and need adjusting. See your owner's manual for details on how to make the adjustment. Test the reversing feature after any adjustment.
A visual inspection is as simple it sounds. Every so often make the effort to look over the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear.
If you suspect problems, have a qualified mechanic called to make repairs.
Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door is a great way to prevent damage, all while improving the garage door's performance. However, make sure to not lubricate plastic parts such as plastic rollers and plastic idler bearings. Like prior tests, always consult your garage door owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendation on maintenance, such as lubrication.