If you haven’t tried this project in the past, now is the perfect time to start!* It’s an easy-to-medium project; allowing yourself plenty of time to accomplish it. Here are the basics:
- Phillips/Flat Head Screwdrivers
- Old cloth(s)
- Silicone lubricant, preferably 3-n-1 Garage Door Lubricant (WD-40 can be used, but is not recommended, as it’s more of a cleaner)
- Ladder or Step Stool
- Safety items (goggles, aprons, etc)
Things to Accomplish:
- Inspect and tighten any loose hinges and brackets
- Check wear of rollers.
- Inspect door rails.
- Lubricate: springs, hinges and roller STEMS (not rollers themselves)
(You can purchase 3-n-1 Lubricant at our showroom, along with hinges, bottom weather seals, etc.)
Tip: Add this project to your calendar when changing smoke detector batteries, air filters, etc. It’s a great habit to get into!
If anything seems to be not working properly, is still noisy after lubrication, or just doesn’t look right; feel free to give us a call! 972-422-1695
*Garage doors and garage door openers are some of the more sophisticated and largest mechanisms in your home. Most of their components are metal, and can have sharp points and/or edges. The garage door panels, rollers, track, drums, and more can present pinch points. Other than simple lubrication and inspection, Plano Overhead does not recommend homeowners to perform ANY garage door repairs.
Visit our Repairs page for more information about service, repairs, and tune-ups!
Submitted by Nick J. McGregor, CEO of Plano Overhead Garage Door
One of the biggest headaches you can experience is when your garage door or opener stops working! You get sound, but no action. You need out of your garage. You’re late. You roll your eyes, throw up your arms. What went wrong?
Let us help you be a little proactive and be ahead of the problem. We recommend giving your garage door opener and garage door a check over every 5-6 months. Doing this can prevent routine problems, and postpone major repairs.
What do you look for? Here are a few recommendations:
- Clean and lubricate your opener where needed, especially on chain drive openers. Be careful to not over-lubricate.
- Open the cover of the motor and check the gear inside for wear and tear. If you notice the “teeth” are worn, it’s time to replace it. Being plastic, the gear is usually the first thing to break in your unit. (This is where you get the sound, but no action.)
- Check the force and limit settings on the opener and adjust where and if needed (if you know what you’re doing)
- On your door, check hardware and tighten where needed.
- Check the rollers and tracks for wear and tear. Is it time to replace any?
- Look for signs of corrosion, rust, or general wear and tear
- Listen for unusual sounds- Does something sound like it’s struggling?
If you’re hesitant on performing any routine maintenance please contact us to schedule an appointment for one of our professionals to service your opener/door. We offer same-day appointments; our full service tune-ups for both your opener and garage door come with a full one-year labor warranty! 972-422-1695
By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door