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Routine Garage Door Upkeep Helps To Avoid Nasty Surprises

When was the last instance you performed regular preventive upkeep on your garage door or your garage door opener? While your garage door opener is a big benefit and works properly, just about all dwelling owners take it for granted.

According to a contemporary US investigation, 45% of property owners who have a garage employ the garage door as the main point of entry into their residence. In addition, a separate survey indicates that 71% use their garage door openers to enter their houses. That means that the successful operation of your garage door and its opener can be extremely important in your daily life.

Just like all mechanical devices there comes an instance when your garage door opener will fail to work. Sorry to say it will in all probability take place at the most annoying time. That is why a little preventive upkeep can be a great method to make certain that you find out problems with your garage door before something breaks.

This would seem like enough evidence to prove to anybody concerning the importance of regular upkeep for their garage doors and openers. An essential thing to consider is that a garage door opener can easily raise a four hundred fifty pound double residential door. For that reason, if a door reverses as it is closing, it is rational that the door opening mechanism must be carefully checked out.

Children have a way of becoming enchanted by the action of garage doors. Left to their own devices they can stress a garage door to the breaking point by pushing the remote or wall button during the movement of the door. Therefore it's necessary to keep remote controls away from children and do not allow them to have fun with the wall control panel.

Here are several important routine preventative maintenance tips.

Semi-annually, you should deactivate the automatic opener while the door is closed. This can be accomplished through pulling on the red rope or pull rope.

Then do a balance test. Once the door is disconnected from the opener check to see if it is correctly balanced. Open the door half way. It ought to stay there without you touching it. If this is not the case, you may have a cable or spring malfunction. Get in contact with a garage door company so that they can further establish your difficulty.

Visually inspect rails, chain/belt and mounting brackets on your garage door opener. Horizontal rails ought to always be parallel to assure that the door operates correctly.

Lubricate all metallic parts two times a year with a suitable metal lubricant. The same applies for weather seals. Make sure to apply a silicone based lubricant. This will add years of worry-free operation to your garage door.

Do a reversal test. Make certain that the reversal mechanisms of your garage door opener are functional. Since 1996, all garage door openers are outfitted with two safety systems. The first one is a photocell system that will stop and reverse the movement of the door when a person or thing passes through the light beam. The second system will stop and reverse the door automatically if it senses any resistance while the door is closing.


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