A garage door is a very important part of your commercial building. It helps to protect your property from unwanted intrusions, and keeps your vehicles and belongings safe and warm inside the garage
As with any other part of your commercial property, your garage door will also suffer from wear and tear and will require periodic maintenance. With proper care, your garage door and door opener can last long and remain functional.
Proper maintenance also helps to prevent problems from happening or becoming worse, diminishing the need for overhead garage door repair.
Outlined here are some things you’ll need to do when conducting garage door maintenance.
Conduct a visual inspection
Look at your garage door system and search for anything that looks wrong. You can expect your garage door to show some signs of wear over time. Certain signs, however, will indicate a need for immediate repair.
First, check if the hardware is tight. Loose cables, brackets, drums and other parts might lead to problems in the future. Make sure they are secured.
Second, look at the track assembly and see if it is properly attached to the wall. Also check to see if the garage door is properly aligned on the track. A misaligned door will stick and be rendered unusable unless properly placed on track.
If you see the garage door leaving the track, call for a professional garage door repair service. Don’t try to repair it on your own.
Third, inspect the counterbalance lift cables and check for fraying. Also check for broken springs. If the cables are frayed and the springs are broken, do not try to repair them yourself; springs are very dangerous components.
Check for problems during operation
After a visual inspection, you will then need to test your garage door if it has problems while being operated.
If your garage door is unresponsive, it might be caused by the following:
- A remote control with dead batteries. If your garage door isn’t responding to your remote control, try replacing the batteries with new ones. Sometimes, all that your garage door needs is a remote with working batteries.
- A motor unit with no power supply. If your remote has new batteries but the garage door is unresponsive, check if the motor unit is plugged into a power outlet. If it is, see if the circuit breaker or GFCI controller has tripped and needs resetting.
- Photo eye sensor related issues. Photo eyes serve to help keep the garage door from accidentally closing on people, pets, or belongings. Once something blocks the infrared beams, the sensor will then prevent the door from closing, or will open it again.
Check if the sensors are properly aligned. Clean them if they are dirty or full of debris, and take away anything that might block the infrared beams’ path.
Garage doors will create some noise while operating. But if your garage door is abnormally noisy, it might have a few problems including:
- A lack of lubricants. Parts such as rollers, hinges, springs and others will need to be properly lubricated using a manufacturer-recommended lubricant. Make sure these parts are lubricated regularly.
- Track problems. If you hear sudden or abnormally loud noises such as screeching or whirring while the door is opening or closing, it might have track-related problems.
When they’re in tiptop shape, garage doors open and close fully. Open your garage door and see if it drifts or drops down a bit. Then, close the door and see if it leaves a gap between it and the floor.
- If the door drifts down a bit when you open it, check the rollers and see if they are balky or damaged. If they are, you’ll need to replace them. If they’re in good shape, you might need to move the up-limit switch toward the motor unit.
- If the door doesn’t fully close, you might need to replace rollers. Otherwise, you will need to adjust the close-limit switch. You might also need to realign the sensors.
These common garage door opener problems can be prevented with periodic inspections and proper maintenance. If you, however, encounter some major problems like the ones mentioned above, don’t hesitate to ask for professional help.
Make sure to take good care of your garage doors. After all, your garage doors take care of you and your business too.