Garage doors are mechanical devices that require regular attention and sometimes repair. All things mechanical wear, sometimes just wear out requiring total or parts replacement. Most doors are roll-ups, few swing ups are found anymore and swing open hinged doors being nearly non-existent. Roll-ups operate with tracks and rollers. They are mechanical, and they turn, meaning there is bearing somewhere that needs periodic lubrication. The chain or screw need attention with the idler at the end closest to the door needing a touch of oil or greased according to the construction. The doors themselves, many constructed of light gauge aluminum or steel are subject to damage. Dents, dings and other types of damage are common. Outright penetration, though rare does occur.
DIY Garage Door Maintenance & Professional Tune Up
When oiling the rollers use a tack-free based lubricant to prevent attracting grime and dirt. CERFLON, a ceramic-reinforced fluoropolymer or silicon and some lithium products are low-tack keeping dirt and grime from incorporating themselves into your machinery. Somethings you can do it yourself when it comes to door maintenance, other jobs should be left to the pro. One pro ‘thing’ is that roll-up doors are suspended by a coiled spring along the top of the opening, these may break, and replacement is not without its hazards and should be done by someone familiar with these mechanisms. Cables supporting the door wear and may fail. Replacement again should be done by someone acquainted with the safety hazards involved. With remotes, be sure to replace your batteries on a regular basis.
Garage Door Inspection
• Door springs, loose tracks, cable wear, pulley worn through done with the door closed.
• Balance test. With door closed and from the inside pull the red handle disconnecting the automatic opener. Lift the door manually, it should lift smoothly with little resistance and remain fully open. Hard to open, closes on release not remaining open then there is a balance problem. Call in a professional as adjusting the balance involves the spring. As mentioned before, this is dangerous for DIYers.
• Reversing and photo sensor test. Safety censors prevents the door closing on children. Usually an infrared beam flashed across the opening. This needs to work properly, no one wants the tragedy resulting from a defective sensor. Start closing the door, and push something between the sensors, usually located about 18 inches or less from the floor on the inside. The door should immediately reverse, and open. To test the reversing mechanism, place a 2 x 4 on edge under the door, activate the door either with the remote or button. On contact with the wood the door should reverse and open.
Lubrication and the above checks are the primary maintenance considerations.
Garage Door Installation, Replacement, Repair, Tune Up & More in Aliante, Anthem, Desert Shores, Eldorado, Enterprise, Green Valley Ranch, Henderson, Inspirada, Mountain’s Edge, North LV, Paradise, Peccole Ranch, Providence, Rhodes Ranch, Seven Hills, Silverado Ranch, Spring Valley, Summerlin, Sunrise Manor, The Lakes, Tuscany Village & Las Vegas Nevada
Manor, The Lakes, Tuscany Village & Las Vegas Nevada