Garage Door Opener Maintenance
When was the last time you had a professional tune-up on your garage door system? If you can’t remember, it might just be time to schedule one today! Austin Overhead Doors is happy to come out and do yearly maintenance on your garage door opener.
Extend the Lifespan of Your Opener with Proper MaintenanceThe average life expectancy of a garage door opener is around 10,000-20,000 cycles, with one cycle being a full opening and closing of your door. Based on that, you can estimate how long your opener is supposed to last. You can squeak a few more years out of it or even bring it to premature failure, all with the care you give it. When we come out to your home for a tune-up, we won’t just perform maintenance on your opener. We will check out your entire garage door system. We can spot small issues and fix them so that they don’t cause your opener to work too hard, decreasing its lifespan.
What We Do During Opener MaintenanceOpener maintenance is just a small part of the multipoint inspection and tune-up we do. We will lubricate all moving parts, if necessary. We will also test out your remotes, wall panel, and garage door balance.
Steps You Can Take to Properly Maintain Your OpenerThere are a few things you should be doing periodically to make sure your opener is in good working order. It is important to have that professional eye come to inspect your system once a year and do a tune-up. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to get the most out of your opener:
- Tighten bolts to the brackets that hold up your opener and the trolley
- Lubricate the chain or screw rod if required. Use a water-based lubricant that won’t be tacky
- Test the emergency release. You do this by pulling the cord towards the garage, which should disengage the opener. You will know it is working if this allows you to manually pull your door up.
- Test the automatic reversal system by opening your garage door and then placing a trash can in its path. Close the garage door. It should automatically start going back up once it hits the trash can.
- Test your sensors. You can do this by opening your garage door, then close it. While it is operating, sweep an object across the sensors. This should cause your door to go back up.