maintenance does my garage
The better you maintain and clean
your garage door, the longer it
will last. The best way to get
the most out of your garage door
is to maintain it regularly and,
when you notice a problem, to address
it immediately before further damage
I oil or lubricate the garage
door, torsion spring, or chain?
The first line of defense is
to lubricate the moving parts.
As shown at right, apply any
light weight oil (WD40 or spray
oil is easiest)
to all rollers
and hinges at least once a year.
There are end hinges which hold
the rollers in the track, as
well as center hinges which
as the door moves. Lubricate
all pivot points.
The opener strains when opening
the garage door. What should
I do about it?
The door may be out of balance
or the spring(s) may be broken.
Close the door and disconnect
it from the motor track by pulling
the emergency release handle.
Open and close the garage door
manually. A properly balanced
door will stay at any point of
while being supported
entirely by its springs. A door
that seems unusually heavy to
lift may have a problem with
if the garage door opener does
not operate from either the
optional door control or the
Does the opener have electric
power? Plug a lamp into the
outlet the opener is plugged
into. If it doesn't light,
check the fuse box or the circuit
Keep in mind that
a wall switch may control some
Have you disabled all locks
on the garage door?
Is there a build-up of ice
or snow under the door? The
door may be frozen to the ground.
Remove any obstructions.
the emergency release cable
and try to manually lift
the door. If the garage door
does not lift, the door springs
may be broken.
us to replace or adjust
The Type of Drive System
1. Screw-drive System
screw-drive system has a lifting
apparatus that moves the length
of a steel rod. The system
requires little maintenance
due to the very few moving
parts. The system body is mounted
in the garage ceiling.
2. Chain-drive system
chain-drive system has a metal
chain lifting the garage door
up or down along a set of tracks.
The chain-drive system is the
most common and usually the
most affordable system.
On the downside, the chain drive system makes more noise than the screw-drive system. The chain drive system is mounted in the garage ceiling.
Chain drive mechanism: By far the most popular and affordable opening device.
3. Computer-controlled system
The computer-controlled drive system uses no screws or chain. The body of the system is mounted directly above the door. Having the system mounted above the door helps in garages that have low headroom. Also, it provides more ceiling space which can be used for storage.
The type of power
Select a motor with enough power to raise your door. Have at least a motor with hp if you have a double door. A large motor is likely to last longer. Try to find a motor with a "soft" start and stop. It operates more quietly and minimizes the wear and tear.
The more expensive garage door opens much faster, cutting down the waiting time on your driveway. The quicker opening model still closes at a slower speed for safety. Consider how much you are willing to spend for the quicker models.
All garage doors have a safety feature that prevents the door from pinning objects. The door reverses in direction if they hit something. The safety feature is mandated by federal law. The safety feature is triggered by an electronic beam.
The computer-controlled mechanism measures the optimal operating time and speed of the door. It can detect and compensate for varying conditions like if the door is coming in to contact with an obstruction or closing too fast.
The newer generation of garage doors use random codes for enhancing security. Each time the remote is used to open the garage door, a new random code is generated. The security feature prevents you from opening your neighbors garage door and vice versa. The random code prevents code theft.
If the power is out, all garage doors have a manual that will open the door. A few high-end models have a function that allows the door to open just a little bit so that your dog or cat can get out.
The remote control
Several models use a single-button remote control, while others use a remote with multiple buttons that can open multiple garage doors. The multiple button remote control is the best choice for people with several garages, each with its own door.
The fixed controller
The fixed controller is mounted to the wall either inside or outside near the garage door. The fixed controller allows the door to be opened without a remote controller. The fixed controller usually does not come with the standard kit, it is usually an accessory.
The keypad provides you a means to lock the door for a specified amount of time, like when you are away on a trip. Another function is delayed closing, a brief pause between pushing the button and the closing of the door. The keypad provides a lot of time to exit on foot without running, dodging the electronic beam and the garage door.
Many garage doors have a security light that turns on as you turn on the system. The light stays on just long enough for you to step out of your vehicle and get into the house. Most remotes have buttons that turns on the light without opening the door.