What to Expect From a Garage Door Opener and Garage Tune-Up

Your garage door has to raise up and lower more than 1,000 times each year, and your garage door opener helps open and close it. That’s a lot of work. You can keep it working well with the proper maintenance. Professional garage door tune-ups can help you keep your garage door operating properly.

A garage door tune-up works to spot problems before they develop and cause your door to break. You might think you would actually see a garage door developing but the problems that typically occur happen with internal parts like nuts and bolts or the garage door opener. Our expert technicians inspect your garage door and all its related-systems. We address any existing issues, and we inform you of potential issues, so you can obtain repairs when needed.

Garage Door Hardware Checks

Our tune-up starts with an inspection of the garage door hardware. We tighten any loose bolts or nuts we find. Next, we inspection of the roller and lift cable for signs of excess wear and tear. This step ensures you can operate your door smoothly and that roller will appropriately track the door.

We conduct maintenance on the door’s seals, springs and chains. This includes lubricating the springs, screws and chains. Your garage door needs to smoothly in its tracks. It also should operate quietly with respect to the door and motor. If you hear any banging or creaking, you should call us for a tune-up appointment. When we tighten the nuts and bolts and lubricate the door, that minimizes noise while alleviating friction damage potential.

We inspect your weather seal. If it has built up wear and tear, we replace it on the spot. This seal keeps precipitation and debris out of your garage. Without this, dirt and dust would blow into your garage every day.

Garage Door Motor and Garage Door Opener Checks

Next, we examine the door, its hardware, and the door opener. To ensure the garage door’s eye sensors function properly with the motor and the garage door opener remote, we check the photo eye sensors. These sensors read the message sent from your remote control and queue the door’s motor to begin rolling the door up. If a sensor goes out, your door won’t open.
With respect to the door itself, we test the door balance and the auto-reverse feature – a garage door’s most important safety feature. A door’s balance refers to its ability to raise at the same rate on both sides. It should track evenly on both sides, so the door does not buckle.

Finally, we check the force on the garage door opener. While you might want the door to zip right up, that would wear out your motor and opener quickly. Set at the wrong force, it could yank the door off its hinges. That’s rare, but you can have a setting that’s slightly off and rises with more force than needed. That can damage the door and the motor system.

How Long Has It Been Since Your Last Tune-Up?

You might not have had a tune-up recently, but you may need one. Your garage door needs maintenance at least once per year. By having this type of checkup conducted on your door, you can stop problems before they start. When you have us conduct this check each year, you incur less damage.

Garage doors get daily use in most households. A yearly visit by a garage door expert is recommended, though the more a door is used, the more frequently it should be inspected. You don’t need to wait for a problem with your garage door to arise before you reach out to a technician for inspection, but if you notice any of these issues it’s time to get a garage door tune up as soon as possible:

• Garage door is moving more slowly than usual
• Door movement is louder than in the past
• Springs look like they’re stretched
• Door doesn’t operate even when the motor is running
• Garage door doesn’t open or close, or only does so halfway

Your garage door should be a convenience, not a nuisance that might or might not work properly. You can do some troubleshooting yourself and investigate the positioning of the photo sensors or notice whether the weather stripping is out of place, but always save the repairs for the experts. The problem could be bigger than it seems, and when one component breaks or malfunctions, it’s a sign that other parts could be worn or damaged.

Scheduling a Garage Door Tune-Up

Minimize inconvenient and expensive breakdowns and keep your garage doors operating at peak performance by scheduling a garage door tune-up. You prolong the lifespan of your garage doors with regular inspections, lubrications, and tune-ups. Experienced and insured technicians help ensure that your garage doors are kept in good working order and maintain their job as a security control for your home.