While you should always conduct certain maintenance every month between professional garage door servicing appointments, there are certain safety precautions to keep in mind.
- Never attempt to test anything on your garage door when you are alone. Even when you know what you’re doing, there is always a chance something can go wrong. You need to make sure someone is there to assist you, so that if something does go wrong, they can call for help.
- Do not attempt to adjust torsion springs yourself. If you discover this is the problem with your door, call a professional to help you. These springs are heavy, and dangerous. One wrong move, and the entire garage door can come crashing down.
- Apply proper lubrication to all moving parts of the door. Do not lubricate the plastic bearings. The lubrication will ensure the door operates smoothly and quietly. Consult your owner’s manual for more information about what to lubricate and what not to lubricate.
- Visually inspect everything once a month. Look at the cables, springs, wires, tracks, and rollers for signs of damage. If something does not look right, call in a professional. You should never attempt to replace any part of the garage door on your own.
As long as you test the balance and reversing mechanism every month, you are taking care of your garage door and avoiding expensive repairs later on. If either of these tests fail, call in a professional and stop using the door until the repairs are made.