Mechanical systems are prone to break down due to wear and tear, but most components can last for long periods of time if properly maintained.
Look at Every Individual Component
Tracks can become dented or misaligned; rollers can become worn, cracked or chipped and bolts can become loose. Cables can unwind or become frayed, and springs can be stretched out or hang down. The chain or belt of the door opener can also become too loose. If you notice any of the above, call an expert, especially if there is a problem with springs or cables - they are under extreme tension and can lead to injury and even death.
Deal with Small Issues
If you follow the instructions and have the proper tools, you can successfully deal with minor problems. There’s no need to hire a professional to tighten the screws or apply lubricant, right? Just remember not to touch anything around cables and springs and you’re golden! Apply a light coat of lubricant on the springs to protect them from rust. Lubricating other metal components shall reduce the noise and make them move more easily. Make sure to wipe off any dripping product when you’re done. DO NOT lubricate the tracks, but do clean them thoroughly from debris.
What about Safety?
You can test the automatic reversal feature of your door opener by placing an item; let’s say a piece of wood, in the door’s closing path. If everything’s in order, the door should go back up as soon as it touches the wood. Another thing to test is the functioning of the photo eyes. While the door is on its way down, wave something in front of one of the sensors. If the door doesn’t reverse its movement, there is a problem with the sensors.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary or if you simply don’t feel up to the maintenance tasks, give us a call!