How to Maintain Your Electric Garage Door
After installing an electric garage door, regular maintenance is essential to ensure that it continues running as smoothly and as efficiently as possible for many years to come. While many electric garage doors are designed to last more than 10 years, proper care and maintenance will reduce wear and tear and keep the door in a good condition for many more years. It is also very important if you want to maintain your warranty.
Check the Attach Points
Ensure that you check and tighten the garage door attach points at least every two or three months in order to keep everything tight and secure. These include all hinges, springs, pivot points and rollers in the garage. Whenever the attach points need a little tightening, use a wrench and a ratchet to tighten any bolts, screws and nuts that may have loosened. This should keep your electric garage door moving well on the rollers.
Lubricate the Guide Tracks
If you are have a track and chain garage electric garage door, you will need to lubricate the track and chain regularly in order to ensure that it properly aligns and runs smoothly along the tracks. Clean the guide tracks and all moving parts with methylated spirit before applying lubrication.
If you notice a lot of noise being produced whenever you open or close, your garage door, this is your cue apply lubrication. You can spray WD40 or any other garage door lubricant along the guide tracks and your garage should open and close smoothly without producing too much noise. Remember to clean and lubricate all other moving parts as well including the attach points and door hinges to keep everything running smoothly.
Your garage lights should come on every time you open the electric garage door. If this is not happening then your bulb lights may not be working and you will need to replace them. To change the light bulb, simply push down the plastic enclosure, unscrew the bulb, replace it with a new one and then close the compartment by pulling it up then press it in.
The purpose of the LED sensors is to sense if there is anything blocking the garage door. This is why your garage door will not close if there is something directly its path. Sometimes however, the sensors may be misaligned or obstructed when they are knocked off by objects stored in the garage. This is quite common especially since the sensors are normally located a few inches off the ground and as such can be hit or knocked down easily by all the stuff that may be kept in the garage.
Ensure that your garage door sensors are aligned correctly and wipe them regularly to remove any dirt or debris that may cause obstruction. Remember to check the check the tendons to ensure that they are not loose or broken since if they are misaligned, they not be able to securely hold the sensors in place.