Posted on: August 24, 2021

How Often Should I Get My Garage Door Serviced?

When you had your garage door installed, your technician may have advised you to get the door serviced regularly. But what does that mean? How often should you perform garage door maintenance, and why should you have it done?

The best way to maximize the life of your doors is to start a regular service schedule. Residential customers should have their garage doors serviced every 12 months.

Here’s what you need to know about garage door maintenance.

Benefits of Regular Garage Door Service

Getting your garage doors serviced regularly stops small problems from turning into significant ones. If you let an issue go, it won’t get better on its own. You can prevent issues down the line by being proactive.

Regular service can also preserve the safety of your family. A malfunctioning garage door could injure a child or damage your car. You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing an expert has looked at your garage door and has verified it is in good shape.

You also save money when you practice regular garage door maintenance. By addressing a problem before it starts, you avoid costly repairs down the line. Fixing something as small as a loose belt will keep your garage door on track for the future.

What Is Checked During Regular Maintenance?

What Is Checked During Regular Maintenance?

During garage door maintenance, technicians perform a thorough inspection of the garage door and how it works. They use a checklist to service every part of your device. Maintenance includes:

  • Examining cables and belts: Technicians search for signs of wear that suggest the garage door is not working smoothly. The weight of the door may be out of balance, for example, which requires action so that the belts or cables don’t fray or break.
  • Tightening hardware and hinges: Over time, hinges and hardware loosen with the movement of the belt. Wear can make parts even looser. Tightening these pieces decreases the change that something will pop out.
  • Looking at the tension spring mounting pad: Cracks or splits in the pad could lead to longer-term problems that prevent your door from opening or shutting.
  • Lubricate and inspect rollers: Rollers need to be properly lubricated in order for the garage door to smoothly and efficiently move up and down the track.
  • Lubricate, inspect, and adjust springs: Springs can get rusty or corrode, and lubricating renews their function and extends their lifespan.
  • Testing door alignment: When a garage door moves on a damaged track, it can hurt the hardware. Technicians look at tracks for signs of damage or misalignment.
  • Inspecting the garage door panel: When pieces inside the panel become corroded, they may stop working correctly. Cracks or dents also impair the function of a panel, which can lead to safety issues if the panel doesn’t relay commands correctly.
  • Check out weatherstripping: Keeping out moisture and blocking out wind will increase the energy efficiency of your home. Technicians make sure you have a tight seal between the molding and the door.
  • Inspect locks: Proper operation of locks protects against intruders into your garage or even into your home.

Broten Garage Door Sales offers maintenance services for garage doors across South Florida. Schedule an appointment with us today.


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