Titan Garage Doors NE received a call from a homeowner in Elkhorn, NE, for a garage door maintenance service. They noticed their garage door was becoming hard to operate and making a loud noise, so one of our technicians was called to check out the problem. After inspection, we noticed rust and other signs of wear on the hardware, including the garage door rollers and cable. We suggested performing a garage door tune-up right away. Upon the client's approval, we started the 20-point garage door inspection to determine what needed repair or replacement. We thoroughly assess the garage door, searching for mechanical problems and ensuring it complies with all safety requirements. Our tune-up also included lubrication to keep all parts moving smoothly and quietly. The client was pleased that we completed the task on schedule. Another satisfied client received excellent service from us.

The same as any other components in your home, garage doors need to be maintained. Without maintenance, even the most reliable and long-lasting garage door opener will wear out faster than it should. For that reason, Titan Garage Doors NE keeps a list of maintenance tips for our clients.

Simple Tips for Garage Door Maintenance

Tighten the Hardware

In a typical year, a garage door opens and closes more than a thousand times. That much movement and vibration have the potential to dislodge the hardware. Using a socket wrench, check and tighten each roller bracket's bolt.

Check the Garage Door Balance

A poorly balanced garage door will need more effort from the garage door opener, which will shorten its lifespan. To check, move the door manually about halfway up after disabling the opener by pulling the release handle (often a red wire). The counterweight spring system balance is off if it moves once it has been put in place. Though, it is highly suggested to let a specialist handle garage door spring adjustments.

Lubricate the Moving Parts

It is important to grease up all of your garage door parts for them to move seamlessly and efficiently. Also, using a slow-release lubricant on these parts helps prolong their lifespan. Make sure you spray slow-release lubricant on your motor, cables, and the springs attached to the door. Lubricating is crucial for reducing friction between metal parts during everyday use. In addition, this task only takes ten minutes a year. So for years of trouble-free operation, remember to keep your garage door lubricated. 

Test the Auto-Reverse Safety Feature

To test the auto-reverse mechanisms, you can place a piece of wood or a brick on the ground in the door's path. The door should reverse direction and go back up again. Another way to test this, if you have a non-contact reversal system, is to roll a ball under the door after pressing the door close. This should notify the signal and reverse the door back open.

Make Sure Your Cables Are Tight

It is easy to overlook the little things, but remember the cables that help raise your garage door. Over time and with lots of use, they lose some of their tension and ability to hold at full extension. You can check their condition to know when to call in a technician. Damaged strands and exposed wiring should be fixed immediately by a Titan Garage Doors NE expert!

Clean Your Garage Door

Remember to examine your garage door's frame. Wood frames must be checked for water damage, warping, and chipped and peeling paint. Steel frames may have rust spots that need to be sanded, primed, and painted. Wash your garage door regularly with a mild all-purpose cleaner while you do your car. Applying waterproofing spray on the tracks will ensure that they always slide smoothly.

A garage door tune-up involves a quick visit from an expert to locate issues and make timely fixes. You can trust our Titan Garage Doors NE experts if it is time for a routine maintenance check! When you hire us, our skilled and knowledgeable technicians will quickly and accurately perform a garage door tune-up. Over the years, we have served Omaha, NE, and the nearby cities with garage door repair and installation. So call us right away to have a tune-up performed annually, and we will take care of it in a flash!