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Keeping Garage Doors in Top Shape

Keeping Garage Doors in Top Shape

The garage door is the single most significant moving component in your home. That being said, it needs to be inspected and maintained on a yearly basis. No matter what kind of garage door you have, it’s crucial that you lubricate the garage door tracks. In this article, our Sacramento garage door experts discuss how homeowners can work on keeping their garage doors in top shape.

Garage Door Maintenance

Keeping your garage doors in top shape should be top priority. Here are a few ways to maintain your garage door: 

• Inspect the tracks for debris that could catch the rollers. If necessary, wipe them down or vacuum them.

• Use standard engine oil to lubricate the rollers. Place a drop on each roller and let the rolling action pull it into the bearings. Don’t use grease because it can clog the tracks and accumulate hair and dirt.

• Inspect cables for fraying and ensure that springs are tight and wired.

• Apply a light lubricant to any bearings and garage door hinges.

• Inspect the spring to ensure it is “wet” or lightly lubricated. If it dries out, it will clump and clog your system.

Check to see if the chain on a chain-drive device is greased. Aside from that, the door is the last moving component and should be inspected for tight screws and lightly oiled connections. The garage door opener controls a variety of functions that must be monitored to ensure that you don’t need a garage door replacement

How to Troubleshoot Garage Door Issues

Garage Door Sensors

By federal law, any garage door opener installed today must-have optic sensors to detect any individual or object in the door’s direction. This is the most common reason for a non-functioning door. Optic sensors must be directed at each other in order to transmit and receive a continuous beam of light. The garage door will stop working if these eyes become misaligned.

Garage door won’t close? Check to see if there are any obstructions or objects in the way of the eyes. If not, examine the eye to see if it has been misaligned. Jiggling or turning the eye slightly normally brings it back into alignment. If you’re still having trouble, contact LMS Garage Doors for a garage door diagnosis

Sensitive Garage Door Opener

Your garage door is more likely to break down if the garage door opener is sensitive. But how do you know? Luckily, newer openers have diagnostic lights that flash a code to alert the owner to a problem. Dirty tracks, misaligned rollers, and bent springs all cause the opener to stop working. You’ll know if your garage door is acting unusual. 

Test Your Garage Door

If you don’t use your garage door every day, you may want to inspect it on a regular basis. Most garage door companies in Sacramento will recommend checking your garage door at least every month. Close the door and put a two-by-four in the opening to test its sensitivity. On touch, the door can return or bounce back. If not, the force must be reduced. This change is normally located on the back of the housing. Keep in mind that the weight of a door varies with temperature and humidity. In the winter, a door can return safely with a force of 5, but in the spring, a force of 4 is needed.

Garage Door Noises

Grinding, scraping, or whirring noises signify an issue with the gears, engine, or sliding mechanisms. If you are unsure, contact LMS Garage Door. There is no foolproof test for spring strength or remaining life. There is some solace in the fact that they almost never give way when the door is lifted, and there is no anxiety. To be safe, make sure your garage door springs are connected to safety cables so that if they break, they don’t reach people or vehicles. Another test is to turn off the opener and manually lift the garage door. The door should be easy to lift. 

Keeping your garage doors in top shape is necessary if you want to avoid a garage door replacement. Our LMS Garage Door techs are always happy to provide the best garage door services. We service Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Granite Bay, Roseville, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and beyond. Call for a garage door estimate today.