Doors By Mike recommends routine maintenance be performed on a monthly basis to ensure a smooth and safe operation of your garage door and opener. When you maintain it, it will work efficiently for years.

Before starting, inform everyone in the household that you will be performing maintenance so that they don’t try to open or close the garage door. Take necessary safety precautions to keep pets and children away from the garage area while any maintenance is being done.

Perform the following:

Visual Inspection

With the door closed, visually inspect the springs, cables, door tracks, rollers, pulleys and mounting hardware such as hinges. Look for signs of wear, damage, or rust. There are a number of problems to look for. For example, rollers can wear, cables can fray, brackets can become bent, and mounting hardware can become loose. Tighten all bolts and screws.

Use the automatic opener to open and close the door while monitoring its operation. The motion should smooth and continuous. If there appears to be a catch in the motion, this could be a problem with the springs. Don’t try to adjust the springs yourself. This is very dangerous. Schedule a trained technician to make repairs.

Reverse Mechanism Test

As added safety measures, federal law requires openers that are manufactured after January 1, 1993, to be equipped with a reversing mechanism and a photo eye to prevent entrapment. To test the reversing mechanism, open the door and place a piece of wood or other object on the ground in the center of the garage door where it would close. Use the automatic opener to close the door. As the door closes it should shift to reverse once it touches the wood or object.

Photo Eye Test

Use an object such as a broom to wave in front of the photo eye when the garage door is closing. The object should disrupt the photo eye’s beam and activate the reverse. If the door does not automatically reverse direction and reopen, clean the photo eye lens with a soft cloth and make any adjustments to align the eyes. Then repeat the test.

Door Balance Test

For the opener to operate smoothly, the door must be balanced. To test the balance, keep the door closed and disconnect it from the automatic opener. Manually open the door. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain fully open. Manually close the door halfway. The door should stay partially open. If the door does not stay open, the door is not balanced properly or you could have a problem with your springs. Call a repair technician to assist with balancing and spring issues.

Lubricate Parts

Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges and metal rollers. Wipe away any dirt and oil or grease that has accumulated on the tracks. Be careful of any oil spills and clean them promptly.

You can easily perform routine maintenance tasks for your garage door. But be conscious of safety and don’t try to repair or replace moving parts yourself. Many parts are under tension and can cause serious injury.

If you are not comfortable performing routine maintenance tasks on your own, contact Doors By Mike to schedule maintenance with one of our trained technicians. If you see a problem with your door’s balance, the reverse mechanism, photo eye, or other parts, call us for repairs.