There are checks you can perform on your door yourself, but we strongly recommend having a professional inspect your system at least once a year. We guarantee this will save you money in the long run.
Cleaning and Lubrication are part of Maintenance
There is a misconception that everything made of metal should be lubricated. But tracks, for example, need proper cleaning rather than lubrication. If you lubricate tracks, you make it possible for dirt and debris to build up and harden overtime and cause the door to stick. Regular lubrication is really vital for the functioning of the door; but in order for it to do its magic, the lubricant must be applied only to certain metal parts and in an appropriate amount. Too little or too much lubrication can cause misalignment and lead to risky situations.
Worn Part Replacement
The first thing our technicians will do is a visual inspection. They will examine everything from the nuts and bolts to the exterior frame and door itself. Frayed or rusty cables may be working now, but there is no way to predict for how much longer; and those dents on your door are bound to become a safety issue at some point. Our team will also need to operate the door in order to listen for any unusual noises it may be making. Hinges may need lubrication, but if they are cracked as well, what they need is replacing. Damaged and/or broken rollers can be very noisy, but can also cause further damage to the system as a whole.
Testing Safety Features
According to UL 325 standards, your garage door must have automatic safety features (mechanical and photoelectric), which must work perfectly in order to do what they are supposed to, prevent the door from coming down on a person or object standing in its path. The door should also be well balanced - if the door is put into a certain position by hand and fails to stay there, it should be rebalanced. The last test is to try and stop the door by leaning against the door while it’s opening and closing.
If your door has a safety feature or balance problem, you can rely on Garage Door Repair Carlsbad to fix it for you on the spot!