If you want your garage door opener to stay in tip-top shape all year long it’s important that you take the time to do a bit of preventative maintenance from time to time. The last thing you want is for your garage door to fail on you in an unpleasant situation – when you’re running late for work, experiencing terrible weather, or events such as these. I’ve personally had a situation where my garage door opener wasn’t functioning properly, and while I watched my garage door close on my way out for the day I didn’t realize that it turned around and opened right back up as I was driving away!
Issues such as this and many more can be avoided by paying attention to a few of the most common issues experienced with garage door openers. Let’s take a look at some of the more important aspects of garage door opener maintenance that you can focus your time on.
Keep it Quiet
While the operating noise produced by your garage door opener is largely dependant on the model you choose and the mechanism of opening, there are still some things that you can do to make sure the unit operates quietly on an ongoing basis. First off, if having a quiet garage door opener is of utmost importance to you, you should find a model that is known for it’s quiet operation to begin with. You can check through BGDOR’s recommendations and find a model that works best for your home and your budget.
Beyond having the proper model installed in your garage, there are a few things should check up on. First, you need to make sure that you keep the drive mechanism clean. As time goes on they have a tendency to build up dust and debris – especially if the drive mechanism has exposed grease. If you notice this kind of build up make sure to remove it and it can make the operation less smooth and in really serious cases it can even cause the drive mechanism to jam up and break.
With the drive mechanism in excellent shape (as I’m sure you have it by now!) it’s important to make sure that you replace any lubricant you’ve removed with a fresh application. Refer to your garage door opener’s owner’s manual for specific details, and always make sure to isolate the units from power sources to remove the risk of hazard while working.
Check The Battery
Another place that will often be the source of issues with garage door openers is their on board battery. You might not even know that your garage door opener has one until it’s too late. They have a battery in case of power failure, and once it needs to be replaced it’ll start beeping to let you know that it’s time. While the beeping can be a bit annoying, it’s not the end of the world until the power goes out. Then you’re in trouble!
The main problem with this is that the batteries for garage door openers are simply not a standard size. You can’t just grab some AAs off the shelf of your pantry and get it back to operational unfortunately. For this reason, I’d recommend having a spare on hand, especially as your garage door opener gets older and has seen some use.
Check In On The Sensors
Did you know that every garage door opener has sensors that detect if there is something blocking the travel path of the garage door? These are installed for obvious safety reasons. The number one reason that people have trouble with their garage doors is due to faults with these sensors. If you’re experiencing issues like the one I described in the opening paragraph of this article, then the sensors are a great place to start troubleshooting.
Take a look at your owner’s manual to get an idea of how your particular sensors work, but generally one is an emitter and one is a detector. If they are not optimally aligned they make be telling the brains of the unit that something is in the way when it actually is not. This can lead to odd behavior that is otherwise unexplained.
These preventative maintenance steps can make sure that your garage door operates smoothly on an ongoing basis. A little bit of work can go a long way in preventing headaches throughout the year.