If you lift up your garage door and then let it drop, the door should rise smoothly and come to rest about three or four feet above the ground. If you struggle to lift it, or if it drops all the way to the ground, that’s a sign that it’s in need of some maintenance. Below are some things our Apex garage door technician will do to ensure your garage door continues working smoothly and safely all year round.
Check and Tighten the Cables
You should never tinker with the high-tension cables that lift and lower your garage door. If loosened improperly, garage door cables have enough force to maim and even kill. Since the cables are such an important component of the garage door system, your technician will inspect that they are in an appropriate condition, with no broken strands or damage.
Inspect and Replace the Rollers
Garage door rollers generally need to be inspected twice a year, and replaced every seven years or so. Your technician will check to ensure the rollers are not worn, chipped, or cracked, by removing and reinstalling the roller brackets. Again, this is not a job you should attempt yourself unless you have garage door repair experience.
Tighten Additional Hardware
The average garage door moves up and down more than a thousand times a year, causing vibration and movement that can loosen the hardware. Your technician will inspect, examine and tighten all miscellaneous hardware, such as roller brackets and bolts.
Inspect the Weatherstripping
The weatherstripping is the rubber strip on the bottom of your door, designed to insulate the garage from the elements. Your technician will ensure the weatherstripping is not brittle or cracked, and will replace it if it is.
Lubricate Moving Parts
Lubrication helps your garage operate seamlessly all year long. Your technician will apply white lithium grease to the garage door opener’s chain or screw, and will coat the overhead springs with a spray lubricant.
Test the Auto-Reverse Safety Feature
Your garage door opener should be able to automatically reverse when it senses objects that are in the way. Your technician will test this important safety feature by examining both the door itself and the photoelectric system that detects interference.
Examine the Garage Door Front
Finally, the garage door itself will be examined for signs of damage, warping, chipped or peeling paint, rust, or dents. If there is any aesthetic damage, your technician will ask you if you’d like us to take care of it for you by repairing or replacing damaged panels.
Need Garage Door Maintenance Services in Apex?
Garage door repair tends to be expensive, but regular maintenance is cheap! Therefore, it’s in your best interest to schedule garage door maintenance in Apex at least once or twice or year. This simple, low-cost preventative upkeep will prevent you from having to pay for a big repair or replacement down the line, and keep you and your family safe all year long.