Garage Door Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Any type of equipment you use at home requires regular maintenance to keep working safely and reliably. For garage doors, it’s always smart to consult the owner's manual for maintenance guidelines or to seek advice from garage door professionals.  At Boulder Garage Door, we also recommend that you make garage door maintenance a monthly routine. Proper upkeep of your garage door is not only vital if you want reliable operation, but it also helps prevent accidents and can extend your garage door system’s lifespan.

Monthly Maintenance Routine

Here are a couple of simple tasks you can do to maintain your garage door:

  • Reversal test – Verify if your garage opener features a reversal mechanism by placing a wooden object on the floor and closing the door. It should reverse upon contact with the wood.
  • Force setting test – Assess the force setting by manually holding the bottom of the garage door as it closes. If it doesn't reverse easily, the force may be excessive and require adjustment.

If you're uncertain about performing these tests or adjusting settings, seek assistance from a professional technician.

Safety Precautions With Garage Door Openers

Avoid standing or walking beneath a moving door, as it poses a risk of serious injury or fatality. Keep transmitters and remote controls inaccessible to children, and make sure the wall control push button is mounted out of their reach. Educate children about the hazards associated with operating garage door controls and emphasize the importance of staying clear of moving doors.

Teaching Children About Garage Door Safety

Discuss garage door safety with your children and emphasize the danger of getting trapped beneath the door. You can set a positive example when using the wall control by always keeping the door in sight until it comes to a complete stop. Also, instruct children to keep their hands and fingers away from moving components.

Professional Garage Door Maintenance

If you're unsure about performing maintenance tasks or need professional help, why not turn to Boulder Garage Door? Our skilled technicians can conduct thorough inspections, adjustments, and repairs to maintain optimal performance and safety for your garage door and garage door opener. Our renowned "lube and tune" services include expert lubrication, fine-tuning of moving parts, door balancing, and a comprehensive 26-point safety inspection. Contact us today to schedule your maintenance service.

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