The most important function of your garage door is to open and close properly to protect what’s inside. Even though most quality modern garage doors are durable and can last many years, they will still require maintenance and upkeep to function properly and perform at their best. Probably the part of your garage door that will require the most maintenance and upkeep is the opening system. Here are five simple ways to ensure your garage door opening system works the way it should.
Keep the Drive Chain Clean and Lubricated
Your garage door chain is one of the most important components of the system because it helps to lift your door. The chain can gather dirt, debris, and other particles and so you should check it often. Use a light penetrating oil to keep it clean and lubricated and running smoothly.
Adjust Limit Screws
If you are having issues with your door opening and closing properly, this is a common culprit of that. Limit screws are usually located on the power unit and are clearly labeled. Be sure to unplug the unit first and check the limit screws then turn them clockwise. Then turn the unit back on and see if the door is operating properly. If not, then repeat the above steps.
Check the Safety Door Reverse Sensors Regularly
Reverse safety sensors emit light beams and the bottom of garage doors to prevent your door from closing on someone or something. Misaligned door safety sensors are common reasons why doors don’t close or won’t operate properly. Be sure to check them regularly, and if you see that they are misaligned, adjust them accordingly.
Regular Chain Checkups
Noticing that your garage door chain is sagging is a relatively easy task and is also one of the most common reasons why doors malfunction. Even if a chain is sagging a mere half-inch below the rail it could cause problems to the drive sprocket because of banging into the garage door rail. If you notice your chain is sagging, the owner’s manual should give you instructions on how to fix it.
Regularly Change Remote Opener Batteries
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised by how many homeowners forget this simple step! Be sure to change your batteries in your remote control openers (if they use them) and help yourself avoid the embarrassment of missing such an easily fixable issue.
Get on an Expert Check-Up Schedule
It’s great to learn how to keep your garage door maintained and functioning properly on your own, but not everyone has the time, know-how, or even desire to do so. Getting on a regular schedule of garage door check-ups will help you avoid any inconveniences while maintaining safety and proper functionality. A technician from Garage Door in My Area will check all of the components of your garage door including the opener, springs, chains, tracks, rollers, and so on. Give us a call today!