Care & Maintenance

Take a few minutes to inspect and test your complete garage door system.  Make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine.  Safety is everyone’s business. Consult owner’s manuals for additional recommended maintenance for your models of door and opener.

Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Perform routine maintenance steps once a month.  Review your owner’s manual for the garage door.  If you don’t have a manual, look for the model number on the back of the door, or check the lock handle, hinges, or other hardware for the manufacturer’s name and request a manual from the manufacturer.

Visual Inspection

Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear.  If you suspect problems, have a qualified person make repairs.

Lubrication:  Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door.  However, do not lubricate plastic parts such as plastic rollers and plastic idler bearings.  Consult the door owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.


Door Balance

Periodically test the balance of your door.  Start with the door closed.  If you have a garage door opener, use the release mechanism so you can operate the door by hand when doing this test.

You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance.  It should stay open around three to four feet above the floor.  If it does not, it is out of adjustment.  Have it adjusted by a qualified service person.