If you have an automatic garage door opener, you probably take it for granted on a regular basis--that is, until it stops working properly. Garage door repair can be quite expensive and complicated work, as there are many small parts that keep your garage door opener system running. Once you have a repair performed on your garage door, there are a few steps you can take to avoid having to make any more repairs in the near future and prolong the life of your garage door.
Check for Sensor Obstructions
A lot of garage door opener problems stem from issues with the built-in safety sensors. Sensors on a garage door are typically located near the entrance to the garage door itself; these sensors utilize a photo-eye device that discharges an invisible laser across the entrance of the door. If the sensor is tripped as the door is opening or closing, it'll automatically stop. This can help to avoid accidents and injury when using a motorized garage door.
To prevent accidental tripping of your safety sensor and malfunctioning of your garage door, make sure you clean off your safety sensors from time to time and check for obstructions regularly.
Keep Moving Parts Lubricated
Another important aspect of keeping your automatic garage door system operating as it should is to keep its many moving parts lubricated. Specifically, using a silicone lubrication spray delivers the best results. This is especially important if your garage door opener has metal hinges (some these days are made of plastic and do not need lubricating). In addition to the hinges, however, you should also take the time to spray this lubricant on your garage door rollers, brackets, and cables. Generally, doing this once every few months is enough to keep all the moving parts well greased.
Test Your Door's Balance
Finally, by catching balance problems with your garage door before they get too serious, you can avoid costly repairs down the road. When opening and closing your garage door, listen for any odd noises or unusual shifting in the door itself. If you think you notice any balance issues, try switching the door to manual mode and slowly opening or closing it yourself. This will help you better pinpoint issues so that you can relay them to your garage door repair professional. From there, the balance issue can be repaired before it becomes any worse (and more expensive).