Periodic Garage Door Maintenance
While there is some garage door maintenance that should only be performed by trained garage door professionals, there’s still periodic garage door maintenance that property owners can complete on their own. By keeping up-to-date with your garage door maintenance, you can help keep your garage door in tip-top shape so that it can function safely and securely.
Garage Door Maintenance for Kansas City Property Owners
Listed below are the basic steps you should take to maintain your garage’s functionality:
Let Others Know You Will Be Conducting Maintenance
Before you start with your garage door maintenance, be sure to inform the others in your household or commercial property that you will be doing so. This will prevent others from opening or closing the garage door, which could interfere with your testing or cause injury to others.
You should conduct a monthly visual inspection as a part of your garage door maintenance. Simply stand inside your garage with the door closed, examining each area of the garage door including the cables, springs, pulleys, rollers, and hinges. Note any wear, damage, or fraying. If something doesn’t look right, you can turn to your trusted garage door service technician for a more thorough inspection and diagnosis.
Garage Door Balance Test
The second step to periodic garage door maintenance is the garage door balance test. If you have an automatic opener, close your garage door, disconnect the opener, and manually raise the door. It should be easy to lift and then remain fully open. If you feel resistance when opening the door or it does not stay open after the manual lift, your garage door could be off-balance and you should contact a service technician for further inspection and repair.
Garage Door Reversing Mechanism Test
If your Kansas City property’s garage door has an automatic opener system and it was manufactured after January 1, 1993, then federal safety law requires that it come equipped with a reversing mechanism. If your garage door is outdated or does not meet these safety regulations, we recommend that you upgrade to a new garage door.
To complete the reversing mechanism test in your garage door maintenance, open the garage door fully and place a piece of wood in the center of your garage door opening (i.e. where the garage door touches the floor when shut). When your garage door hits the wood, it should reverse automatically. If it does not, schedule garage door maintenance with a trained technician.
Photo Eye Test
Per federal law, all garage doors with automatic opener systems manufactured after January 1, 1993 should come equipped with a photo eye or edge sensor. Again, we recommend garage door replacement if your garage door does not meet these safety standards.
To complete the photo eye test for your periodic garage door maintenance, open the door, then push the transmitter or wall button to close it. Place a longer object — a broomstick or rake, for instance — directly in front of your garage door’s photo eyes. The garage door should reverse and reopen, but if it does not, place your object out of the way of the closing door and allow it to shut. Now, use a soft, dry cloth to clean the photo eyes, and if they appear to be out of alignment, adjust them. Next, retry the photo eye test. If your garage door still does not reverse and reopen, schedule service with a certified garage door technician.
Force Setting Test
If your garage door has an automatic opener system, the force setting test is also an important component of your garage door maintenance. Open the door fully, then use the transmitter or wall button to close it. As it closes, carefully hold the bottom of the door with outstretched, stiff hands. If your garage door does not reverse, immediately withdraw your hands and contact a professional for garage door maintenance.
Garage Door Lubrication
Spray a small amount of garage door lubricant to your unit’s rollers, tracks, and hinges to keep them running smoothly.
Proper garage door maintenance is key to extending the life of your garage door and ensuring its continued safe operations. To learn more about garage door maintenance or to schedule garage door repair with a skilled technician, call Raynor Garage Doors of Kansas City at (913) 766-2366.