How To Maintain a Smooth Operating Garage Door Opener
A working garage door opener is something that is taken for granted as soon as it stops working. You suddenly realize how essential it is and how important it is to keep working and maintained. Listed below are some steps to keep your garage door opener in tip-top shape.
First Things First…The Manual Release
After your garage door opener has been installed it’s crucial that you familiarize yourself with the manual release. The manual release is what you will use if your power is out or your garage door opener will not function. You’ll notice the manual release is a red dangling device attached to the overhead motor. The manual release will allow you to manually open your garage door in the event of a power outage or malfunction.
Every So Often…Garage Door Opener Repair Inspections
While a garage door opener is a fairly low maintenance machine, it still could use some sprucing up here and there to keep it running smoothly. Garage door openers also have safety features installed to help keep you and your family safe in case of a malfunction. These features should be tested every so often to ensure they are working properly.
The most important feature your garage door opener has is the auto-reverse function. The purpose of this allows your garage door opener to sense if a person or an animal could be harmed if the garage door shuts fully. Once a person or object is located too close to the sensor, your garage door should auto-reverse back to the fully opened position. A way to test this is to place an object or a piece of wood in the center of the garage door opening and allow your garage door to close. Once the garage door opener senses the object it should stop and auto-reverse. If it does not auto-reverse, the sensors may need to be cleaned and readjusted. If after cleaning and readjustment this function still does not work, or if you have questions about how to check if garage door sensors are aligned, then it’s time to call in for a professional garage door opener repair.
Inspecting the springs, rollers, bolts and screws is something else that should be done every so often. At the first sign of loose bolts or rust, it’s time to call a garage door opener repair technician.
Yearly Garage Door Maintenance
Your garage can be a dirty and dusty place. Whether you’re storing cars, tools or equipment, the garage is probably the dustiest place in your home. All of that dust and debris can wreak havoc on your garage door tracks. These tracks have the important job of giving your garage door a smooth ride up and down. It’s important to wipe this dust and debris every so often to keep that smooth ride.
Your garage door opener has a lot of moving parts that need to be lubricated. With each open and close these bolts and springs move effortlessly, after time they can get worn out and need a little pick-me-up. Good lubrication can result in you never hearing the dreaded sound of your garage door straining to open. Our garage door technicians know the best lubricant for garage roller doors if you have any questions.
If Your Garage Door Won't Open
There’s that dreaded feeling when you pull into your driveway and you click the remote to your garage door and it doesn’t open. The first step is to check the battery in your remote. If the remote is fully functioning then it’s important to check the power supply to your garage door opener. If everything is plugged in but still not responding it’s very likely you may have a tripped circuit or a blown fuse. If this is the case then the circuit will need to be reset and the fuse replaced. If resetting and replacing these items does not fix your problem then it is possible to have a blown motor. This is not something to DIY or attempt to fix on your own. Electrical repairs need to be repaired by a qualified technician for safety and for the best results.
For a trustworthy garage door opener repair in Birmingham, AL, reach out to Dodson Garage Doors LLC! We look forward to offering you professional and affordable service with a smile.
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