Your garage door is probably the largest and heaviest feature of your home that gets used every day. With those factors in mind, its common sense that your opener is going to experience some wear and tear. Every now and then, you’re going to have to perform garage door opener maintenance to keep it safe and operate as it is supposed to.
In this guide, we are going to go over general garage door maintenance, monthly maintenance, and yearly maintenance that should be done to your garage door and the opener.
Common Problems And Malfunctions
Some of the common problems people face with their garage door include:
- Wall Switch or Remote Does Not Make the Door Work. In most instances, the reason neither the remote or the wall switch doesn’t activate the opener is because there is a disruption in the power source. Make sure the motor has been plugged in, batteries are in the remote, and the circuit breaker and/or fuse is good.
- Garage Door Doesn’t Close Completely. The close limit will need adjusting or the door is binding up when you are manually opening and closing the garage door.
- Door Reverses Once it Closes. The close limit needs adjusting.
- Garage Door Doesn’t Open all the Way. Move the limit switch toward the motor unit.
- Motor Doesn’t Stop Running Although the Door is Open. Move limit switch away from the motor unit.
Garage Door Doesn’t Respond to the Remote. This could be fixed with one of 4 solutions:
- Move closer to the unit
- Make sure the antenna is hanging down to pick up the signal
- Replace batteries in remote
- Reprogram remote
Monthly Garage Door Opener Maintenance
It’s always a good idea to service the garage door and opener once a month. The things you’ll want to check are:
- How to Lube a Garage Door’s Hardware and Springs: You should never operate your garage door if the springs are broken. Always consult a professional for servicing. For general maintenance, oil the door rollers, bearings, and the hinges once a month. To do this, choose a silicone lubricant or a lightweight oil.
- How to Balance a Garage Door: With the door closed, release the carriage from the drive system (pull down on the emergency release knob). Lift the door manually about 3 feet off the floor. The door should stay put, but if it doesn’t your door will need professional servicing. If the door does stay put, close the door and reactivate the drive system by pushing up on the emergency release lever.
- How to Adjust a Garage Door’s Contact Reverse: Put a scrap piece of 2x4 on the floor, centered under the garage door. Close the door using the remote or the wall button. If the does not reverse once it comes in contact with the wood, refer to your owner’s manual for instructions how to fix.
Yearly Garage Door Opener Maintenance
Once a year, it’s a good idea to perform basic garage door repairs that are DIY. These include your general garage doors tune ups, but also other things like:
- Inspecting Hardware: Tighten any nuts, bolts, roller brackets that support the rails. As the door opens and closes, these things can become lose and that could be dangerous.
- Replacing U-Shaped Astragal: This is the rubber weather seal that is at the bottom of a steel door. These could be damaged due to weather but from rodents like mice. Use a screw driver to open the ends of the track that holds the seal in place. Slide the old seal out and replace it with the new.
Preventative Garage Door Opener Maintenance Tips
There are preventative measures you can take to maintain the integrity and function of your garage door and the opener.
- Keep an ear out whenever you use the door. Listen to any strange noises from the motor or grinding sounds when it goes up and down the tracks. Watch how smoothly the door moves and take note if it jerks or hesitates.
- While it isn’t recommended that you mess with the cables unless you are a professional or if you know what you’re doing, you do want to give them a visual inspection to see if there are any broken strands or if the bottom of the roller bracket shows signs of wear and tear.
- Keep the tracks clear of debris. If there is anything in the way, it could cause the door to not work as smoothly as it should. Use a level to make sure that the tracks are straight. If there are any major adjustments that need to be made, you should call a professional.
- Inspect the door itself. If you have a door made from wood, or has a wooden veneer, you’ll want to inspect it for water damage or warping. Look the door over to find any chipped or peeling paint, and rust spots. These can easily be repaired in one afternoon. Also, you’ll want to use a mild all-purpose cleaner to wash the door so that it looks nice.
Performing regular garage door opener maintenance can save you a lot of grief down the road. The garage door is a large part of your home, so you’re going to want to make sure it is fresh, clean, and in proper working order.
If you’re a busy homeowner or you aren’t confident that you can perform these tasks yourself, you can always contact a professional and have them do it for you. It will cost a bit of money, but at least you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing it’s been done correctly.