Many people have a love-hate relationship with their garage door. A simple problem such as a stuck spring is enough to send homeowners into a panic, but when it comes time for repair, very few can actually follow the steps and do it themselves.
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It’s easy to understand why: Garage doors are exceptionally large and heavy (especially the older models) and therefore difficult to lift; we all fear getting trapped under one, and there is always some vague sense of danger about the whole process. Yet very little preventative maintenance needs to be done on these massive machines, apart from making sure that they’re securely grounded and in good working order. To do this you need only check six simple things.
1. Make sure the wiring is attached securely
The first thing to check is whether or not the electric wire leading up to the door (from the motor) is firmly attached. Usually, two insulated aluminium wires are suspended in a flexible braided sheath; these feed the power from the opener’s motor through an opening in the trolley that moves along them as it opens and closes. If there is any doubt about how well these wires are anchored, then simply grab hold of them where they attach to the trolley and shake gently back and forth. Any looseness could potentially cause damage down line, so be sure that they’re firmly fixed into place.
2. Check for play on rollers & hinges
Now go ahead and take a look at the rollers that guide the door as it opens and closes. These are connected to a couple of vertical rails running up and down two of the sides of the garage. Check first for any play between the axle and its housing: Does it wobble or lean from side to side at all? If so, then tighten each individual roller using an Allen wrench (or your fingers if you don’t have one). As you do this, make sure not to overtighten them; doing such may damage their bearing surfaces.
Next, take a peek at both sets of hinges; these connect the top and bottom sections of steel that make up your door, making opening & closing possible. While looking at them, check for any obvious bends or twists in the metal. If you find either, then place a foot or knee on top of the section to hold it steady as you tighten and loosen each hinge bolt with an Allen wrench (or by hand). Moving from side to side as you do so, check again for any play that might be there.
It is important not to over-tighten anything at this point; just move them enough to completely remedy the problem before moving onto another area. Remember: You can always tighten later, but if you overdo it now, then you’ll have some more significant problems down line.
3. Check cables & springs
Moving on… Take a look up towards your door itself and locate the horizontal steel cable attached to the top section of it; this provides an anchoring point for your opener. Now look at the other end; you’ll see a round steel rod (the tension spring) that winds and unwinds as necessary to counterbalance the weight of your door. Check both ends very carefully: Are they properly attached? If not, then gently pull on them with no more than three pounds of force; if either end pulls out from its socket, then simply reattach it and tighten securely so that there is absolutely no play in it.
Whether or not everything appears to be firmly attached, keep one hand firmly on any cables or springs at all times while doing any checking or work… just in case something does come loose unexpectedly.
4. Check the tracks & brackets
Now look along each track of your door, one at a time. Ensure that there is nothing obscuring them: leaves, twigs, etc… If so, then carefully clear them away with a broom or similar tool before moving on to step number five. Do some simple housekeeping first while you’re at it; why not? It isn’t exactly difficult to work!
Next, take a quick peek along any horizontal braces located just outside of each opening in your garage door (usually mounted horizontally on the wall). These provide extra support that keeps your door from warping or splitting under stress. Ensuring that they are all steady and secure is a small but important step to take, so go ahead and double-check their stability before moving on.
5. Check the opener itself
Now head back up towards your main electric motor while noting the heavy-duty springs attached to it (just over your head at this point). Doing so will reveal two things: Firstly, you’ll discover any obvious signs of problems with the drum that holds them in place; if there are any visible cracks or chunks out of its sides, then stop right here. Second, you’ll see another horizontal cable connected to the motor’s armature… This is designed specifically for your garage door opener remote/button controls. If you don’t have an opener, then skip this section.
Press on the armature gently with your finger, watching for any unusual springing back or pulling away… If so, then go ahead and tighten its set screws using an Allen wrench (or screwdriver). Repeat this step several times until there isn’t any more play in it than you would expect to see on a brand new opener of this type. Reply to this email if you need help with further diagnosis.
6. Test & Re-install
Once everything looks shipshape again, test the smoothness of both opening and closing operations by hand while someone inside pushes on the door itself at its midpoint; they should do so smoothly and evenly without sticking or binding regardless of whether it’s opening or closing. Sometimes it may require a little fine-tuning, so have your garage door expert take a look at your specific setup before fully re-installing everything if need be.
Garage doors are amongst the most essential assets in every home. It is vital to provide protection for our loved ones and make it convenient to enter and exit our homes with just a push of a button. We understand how important it is to maintain the condition of your garage doors. That’s why our team at Local Garage Door Services Inc makes every effort to deliver the best garage door services for your safety and convenience.
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