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Preventing garage door problems

Posted 2/4/2020

How to prevent garage door problems
When summer is upon us and outdoor activities are rising, many of us will be in and out of our garage with various items and sometimes in a hurry. We will do everything to make your garage door safe. That's what we do.

Use your eyes and ears

The best way to avoid the hassle of a broken garage door is to take the time to look it over and just listen. An easy way to do this is to simply stay in the garage while the door closes after you park. We can all rush to get on and move on with their lives, but once in awhile, stop and listen. It will only take a second and may prevent an even larger maintenance or repair job in the future.

First things first

The simplest problem to look for is a physical obstacle in the tracks. It happens. We've seen pogo sticks, rake handles and all sorts of things disrupting the course, as well as simple pieces of dirt and sawdust from house repair projects.

The residue

Take a quick look at the wheels and tracks. Is there a thin coating of fat present? Do the wheels look like they rotate freely (the grease film should be even and not dry / rusty / dusty)? Do the springs look unbroken and lack a more technical explanation as they usually look?

Smooth operation

Nothing keeps machines running and lasts a long time like simple lubrication. Set a calendar reminder once a year and you're ready. It's not the most exciting thing to put on your calendar, but it will help save money for the things that are!

Checking the spring tension

Garage doors are heavy. Springs work against gravity to relieve the load on the engine. If the power is off, the only way to open your garage door is to loosen the mechanism and lift it by hand. This can only be done if it is set correctly and opening it manually is also a good way to check this.

How to check spring tension:

1. Start with the door closed

2. Pull the red release lever and note the movement of the small lever to which the rope is attached.

3. Lift the door manually

4. See if the door stays in place, both halfway open and fully open (note: keep your hands close and check for only a few seconds. If the springs are not adjusted properly, you will not let the door fall and you will nor try to catch a falling door!)

5. Close the door completely and hold it fully to the ground

6. Replace the lifting mechanism by bringing the small handle back to its original location

Unless you are very tall, you probably want to get a step ladder before dropping the rope. It can be detached from the ground surface, but requires some height to walk again.

Note: Winter conditions in Spokane may end up with power outages once in awhile, this will give you the know-how and confidence to open your door quickly and easily without electricity. If possible, have all drivers in the household attend.

If you are not sure that the springs are balanced properly (the doors are easy to lift and stay in place when you let go for a few seconds), call us. Our trained technicians can check the springs safely. Please note that springs can store a great deal of energy and can be dangerous, not even maintenance.