As a homeowner, you know that routine maintenance comes with owning a house. Performing regular maintenance is an investment in your home that will keep your home in good shape and lessen the chances that you’ll have a major repair or home emergency that you need to deal with in the future. Garage doors, and garage door openers, should be maintained just like any other part of your home to keep them working properly and make sure they are safe.
High-quality garage doors can last for a long time, with regular maintenance. Routine maintenance service from Precise Garage Doors is a smart way to ensure that your garage door will last for years. Professional maintenance will also help preserve the integrity of your garage door and maintain the safety of the garage door.
When to Call a Professional to Service Your Garage
If you notice that your garage door is opening slower than usual, or if you start hearing odd noises when you operate the garage door, then you should immediately schedule a professional service call. One of our highly trained technicians will be able to inspect your garage door to identify the source of the problem and fix it.
Don’t wait until the door stops working totally before calling for service. Sometimes the quick replacement of a part can prevent a big repair bill or a full door replacement later on. Sometimes the signs of a problem with your garage door are so subtle you almost miss them.
If you notice any of these signs of trouble with your garage door, call Precise Garage Doors to set up a service call right away:
- Door Not Opening Or Closing All The Way
If your garage door starts closing and stops before it reaches the ground, or if it opens enough to let your car in but doesn’t open all the way that’s a good indication that your garage door needs to be checked out by a professional who can find the source of the problem and fix it.
- Door Operating Slowly
Does it take a lot longer for your garage door to open than it used to? That could indicate that one of the belts on the garage door opener is wearing out and needs to be replaced or it could be a sign of another kind of problem. Only a trained and experienced garage door pro will be able to tell what’s wrong with your garage door and fix it.
- High Energy Bills
Have you noticed that your energy bill is higher than it used to be? If you have an attached garage that could be happening because the garage door seal isn’t tight and it’s leaking hot or cold air. An experienced member of our team can check your garage door to make sure there are no leaks and that the seals are strong.
- Creaking, Grinding, Or Other Noises
Anytime you hear a loud noise from your garage door, you should schedule a visit from a technician. Garage doors are not supposed to make loud grinding, creaking, or clanking sounds. Call right away if you start hearing any sounds like that from your garage door.
- Sagging Garage Door
Your garage door shouldn’t sag or bend. If you notice the door seems to be off-kilter, isn’t level, or if you notice visible sagging, you need to have a professional garage door expert come and examine the door to make sure it’s not damaged.
Why Not DIY?
There’s no shortage of websites and tutorial videos that show the homeowner how to maintain garage doors as part of routine maintenance. So why is it better to have a professional perform regular garage door maintenance instead of doing it yourself? Simply put, it’s because professionals have the kind of education, training, and equipment that homeowners just don’t have.
A trained and experienced technician has experience working on a garage door. They know how to spot worn out belts and other problems at a glance. And if the problem isn’t apparent, they have the professional-grade equipment to find the problem and fix it quickly and easily.
What Happens During a Maintenance Check from Precise Garage Door
During a garage door maintenance check, a qualified technician will perform routine maintenance tasks that will keep your garage door in great working order. The time that a routine maintenance visit takes depends on the size of your garage and other factors, but in general, it doesn’t take long at all. One of our skilled technicians will check the operation of the door, replace any worn out parts, lubricate the door and the garage door opener, check the door frame to make sure the door isn’t buckling or sagging, and perform other routine maintenance checks.
Simple Safety Maintenance Tests for Your Garage Door
It’s always best to have routine maintenance done by a professional, but if you are concerned the door is unsafe, you can do a couple of simple tests to determine if the door is safe to use or if you need to get a technician out to fix it right away.
Garage Door Safety Tests:
- Garage Door Balance
To check the safety of the garage door balance, all you need to do is turn the garage door opener off and disconnect it so that the door will open manually. Lift the door up about halfway. Let go of the door. If the door moves, or if it closes, then the door isn’t properly balanced, and it could be a safety hazard. Be careful when letting the door go and make sure there is nothing beneath it in case it closes.
- Mechanical Reverse Feature
This is the feature that ensures that the door won’t close on anything that is below the door. To test the safety of this operation, just open the garage door using the opener. Place a block of wood directly underneath the door on the ground. Close the garage door. The sensor should make the doorstop as soon as it senses the piece of wood. If the door doesn’t stop and it hits the wood call a professional immediately and don’t use the garage door until it’s been professionally fixed.
- Door Photocell
To see if the door photocell is working properly first, you need to locate the two “eyes” or photo sensors that are located on the base of the garage door. If they are in proper alignment, they should light up. If they don’t light up, you may need to adjust them. Once you’re sure they’re aligned, turn the door on. As it opens, wave something in the path of the two sensors. They should immediately reverse. If they don’t, then you need to call a professional right away.
Anytime you perform one of these safety checks, and the door fails the check, you should call Precise Garage Doors right away to schedule a service call.
Call Us Today for Garage Door Maintenance
Whether you have a safety concern and need immediate help or just want help with routine garage door maintenance, the highly skilled professional teams at Precise Garage Doors are just a phone call away! Call Precise Garage Doors today for a free service estimate or to find out more.
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