Even if you don't know much about garage doors or openers, it's a good idea to regularly do a visual inspection so that you recognize any changes. Check out all the working parts on the inside of the door like the cables, tracks, rollers, and pulleys. If you start inspecting the door and opener soon after a new garage opener installation in Marietta, you'll be more familiar with how everything should look so that you spot a problem as soon as possible. Watch for how the door moves as well to notice any additional unusual jerky movements. Finally, part of the visual inspection includes listening as well. Make sure there are no grinding or scraping noises as the door moves.
In your visual inspection you may notice loose bolts or other hardware, especially around the roller brackets. The hardware can loosen over time since there's a lot of vibration when the door moves, so periodically tightening the bolts can help you avoid problems.
The more smoothly your door moves, the easier it is for the garage door opener to work properly. You can purchase special garage door lubricants for the chain or screw and springs to make sure the door is well lubricated. This only needs to be done once a year but it can make a big difference in how well your door operates.
Another important thing to check is the balance of the door. If the door becomes unbalanced it poses a danger to you and your family and it can also place extra stress on your door and opener. Test the balance by disconnecting the automatic opener release to open the door by hand. Open the door partway, about three or four feet from the ground and let go. If the door is balanced it will stay put, but if not it needs to be balanced by a professional.
Safety Mechanism Check
The door has some safety mechanisms in place that should also be checked periodically. The first way to check this is to place a physical barrier in the path of the door. The door should automatically reverse when it comes in contact with the object. Next, pass your hand or leg through the invisible beam that passes between the eyes that are at the bottom of each track. When the beam is broken the door should automatically reverse.
Finally, don't overlook the value of a regular professional inspection. A garage door technician can find any existing problems and identify potential issues before they become a problem. The professionals can also help you see what to look for and correct any problems with the springs, rollers, tracks, safety mechanism, or hinges. It's best to leave these repairs to the professionals because some garage door repairs can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Call IDC Garage Door today to learn how their services can extend your garage door opener's lifespan.