Garage Door Maintenance Checklist
Do you want to keep your garage door in top-notch condition? The garage door is typically the largest moving object on your home! Regular maintenance will help ensure your garage door remains in safe working order. Here is an overview of what your garage door service company will perform during their maintenance checklist to ensure your garage door is always in prime condition.
Door and Tracks
The technician will inspect the door for any dings, corrosion, or other problems that could impair its smooth operation. The garage door panels and all the parts will be inspected for fractures, splits, creases, and damage. They will also ensure that the door remains on the track grooves and that the rollers are in the track during all points of operation.
Rollers have ball-bearings that wear down over time and cause the stem to become loose from the roller. Plastic rollers harden and break over time. If your rollers need replacement then nylon coated steel rollers will likely be suggested. Nylon coated steel rollers have the durability of steel on the inside with a nylon coating to prevent steel on steel contact.
Springs, Cables, and Bearings
Garage door professionals also check the cables for frayed wires and adjust the tension on the cables and springs to make sure your garage door is properly balanced. They will inspect the ball bearings in the rollers and bearing plates for wear and tear and replace them as needed.
The technician will then lubricate any moving or creaking parts, such as the rollers, hinge pivot points, springs, and roller stems. They will also inspect the struts, brackets, locks, and hinges for any loosened fasteners. Finally, they may use wax on the door or the jambs to help insulate them from rust.
Wall Buttons and Remotes
During a garage door assessment and upkeep inspection, the service expert will examine the wall-mounted push buttons and remotes. They will ensure that the push button is accessible from the garage door, is at least five feet above the surface, and responds to touch.
If the technician discovers any problems with remotes, they will first try new batteries. If the batteries are good, then the remote may have a bad circuit board and will need replacement. The technician will provide the right garage door remote for your home and program it to the garage door opener and test it for proper operation.
The specialist will test the photo eye sensors to ensure they work properly. This maintenance demands that the sensors are securely fixed to the wall and no more than six inches above the ground.
The technician will also evaluate the sensors by performing a safety reversal test. Safety reversal tests involve confirming that the door will reverse on an object and that the door will also reverse when the safety beam is obstructed.
If the door closes despite an object obscuring one of the sensors, the technician will evaluate the sensors for problems or damage. If the sensors malfunction, the technician will swap them with new ones. After they replace the sensors, the specialist will perform tests to check that they function properly. If necessary, the technician may also adjust the sensors for better alignment to prevent false reversing.
Force Settings and Travel Limits
The force sensitivity settings and travel limits will be inspected for proper operation. Force settings and travel limits need to be adjusted over time. The force settings determine how much power the unit exerts during operation. The technician will adjust the settings depending on how your door operates when not connected to the garage door opener in order to help the door close and open more smoothly. The travel limits can be adjusted to open the door more or less when closed and opened for a better seal at the bottom or to allow for more or less clearance while the door is open.
If your garage door has gaps on the top or sides, they may recommend perimeter seal or jamb seal. This vinyl trim goes around the sides and top of the door to prevent pests and debris from getting in, and it also insulates the garage against outside temperatures. The technician can replace the bottom weatherseal if it is damaged, brittle, or missing pieces. New bottom weatherseal is flexible and allows the door to close softer with a better seal.
With the help of a garage door technician, you can get your garage working in tip-top shape. If you’re looking for professionally trained garage door maintenance inspections and repairs in the Plano, TX, area, contact us at Plano Overhead Garage Door.