Maintenance Tips for Your Automatic Garage Door Opener

Garage door opener

Garage door openers are often a neglected part of doors. More attention is placed on panels, windows, and the variety of safety features that they come with. But don’t let that lack of care fool you; garage door openers serve an important purpose, and you shouldn’t neglect maintenance on them for too long. The last thing any homeowner or business owner should want is to have trouble opening and closing the door. Following these maintenance tips can help prevent a problem with your automatic garage door openers. 

Always Listen for Any Strange Noises

Noises are usually the key indicator for issues with garage door openers. When doors are properly maintained, they shouldn’t let off loud noises or stutter in place. Stand by your door and listen to how it operates during one cycle (one full opening and closing of the door). Observe the opener chain and other parts of the door, and contact your local garage door company if you hear any sounds that differ from the norm.

Test Your Safety Features

Your door’s safety features are important to keeping individuals safe while also protecting important products and appliances. Having a functioning garage door opener is a huge part of keeping those safety features working correctly. Testing your auto reverse features gives you the peace of mind that everything is working as you need. 

Test the mechanical safety feature of the door by placing a wood block or other object down in its path. Once the door connects with this object, it should turn back up. Test your door’s photoelectric system by closing the door and sticking an object out in front of the lasers. The lasers should sense it and immediately open up the door.

Test Your Doors Balance

Without proper balance, your door opener must work overtime to manage the difference between the door sides. Balance can be hard to detect with the naked eye unless your door is an abject mess. Without testing the door occasionally, you can easily end up with a broken garage door opener much sooner than anticipated.

Prevent this by occasionally testing the balance of your door. Disconnect the opener from the door so that you can operate it manually. Lift your door about halfway, and let it drop. The door should remain in place with minimal movement. If it drops or leans on any side, you have an issue with the door’s balance.

Inspect Your Garage Tracks and Rollers

The tracks and rollers are another overlooked section of garage doors. They’re another important section responsible for smooth operation. Over time, door tracks and rollers accumulate dirt and debris, making it a bit tougher for the door to open and close. If you work hard in the garage or surrounding area, it’s easy for tools and other things to get stuck in the door’s path. Even if it doesn’t prohibit you from operating the door, it can make it more difficult for the door to open. Inspect tracks and rollers for any debris or unwanted items and ensure your tracks are level — or get help from a professional. 

Service Your Springs and Cables

The door’s cable and springs keep it in place and are essential for operation. These items have a lifespan based on cycles and can open or close about 10,000 times before they need to be replaced. A professional technician can address any concerns with your cables, belts, or springs, but you can also take a few measures to prevent problems. Certain metal parts benefit from occasional spray lubricant to prevent the onset of rust. You should also check the drive chain and belt to ensure the bolts are tight enough for an operation. Discuss maintenance methods with your contractor to determine the best route to take. 

Contact Us Today to Service Your Garage Door Opener!

Many commercial services forget to service their garage doors, and one of the main parts that suffer is their automatic opener. Automatic openers are long-lasting and worthwhile, but like any other part of your door, a bit of maintenance can go a long way. Are you in need of garage door opener maintenance in Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding areas? Keep your doors opening and closing with Overhead Door Arizona! Contact us today to learn more about why Arizona businesses and residents trust us for high-quality garage door maintenance. 

Category : Garage Door Openers, Preventative Maintenance

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Brian D.
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The tech was on time to the second I think, very professional and super nice Chris – nice work my friend!   The opener they selected for me is a terrific and great price, Wifi and the myQ app are great as well.

Carrie F.
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They sent someone out right away at 4:30pm on a Monday. Tre was our technician and did an amazing job getting our door back to working condition without breaking the bank. I will always suggest them to anyone who asks.

Conrad C.
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For the past few months, my garage door would not shut. It will close halfway get stuck and the motor would bring it back. Not to mention it sounded like a blender filled with nails while closing and opening. Finally decided to get it to check out and these guys were the first to respond. Had an appointment sent within 15 min. A technician named Jimmy came over the next day and got it all done. My garage door never sounded so silent and go down as smooth once new parts were added. Definitely will be recommending these guys!

Joe S.
five stars

This company is very responsive, contacted them on a Sunday night and they replied right away.  Then set an appointment at a time convenient for me.

Very polite and easy to work with.  Travis, the owner, is hands-on.

Karen P.
five stars

I had an extremely positive experience with this company, and I have to praise Michelle in the front office for her patience and customer service attitude.

When my 20-year-old Liftmaster garage door opener began to fail, I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching new openers and my options.  The logicboard wasn’t working – so the unit still moved the door up and down, but responded only to the wall switch and not the remote. While that was inconvenient, I had time to look around.

After months of exploration and repeated estimates, when I finally decided on a model, they didn’t have it in stock. Michelle quickly located one and offered an appointment the next business day.

The technician who showed up, Zach, was relatively new, but assured me that he had great training and mentoring by the company.  And so far, I am very pleased with the work.  I thought he was polite, clean, well-skilled, and astute — and at my request, also diagnosed and repaired a squealing in the door.  The door is quiet and the alignment is good.

I would definitely have them back for any additional work! (which I hope doesn’t happen soon!)

Leonard G.
five stars

When it was time to change the garage door, we called these pros for help, and they responded to our needs immediately.

The team arrived exactly when they said they would, and explained everything they were going to do, along with different options for me. It took them an hour to complete the job, and it was amazing! Very precise and clean!!!

Will use them again for all my garage door needs!

Lori R.
five stars

Honestly, I haven’t had such great customer service in years. From the first phone call to the minute they left I never felt pressured, a hard sell or that I was being sold something I didn’t “need”. So informative and honest. So refreshing!! The background checks their employees for safety. They text/email your appointment time, when the technician is on the way, and the estimate. Makes the whole experience a positive one. Thanks, Travis, Chris, and Cody. Keep up the great work. You prove that great customer care is still important.

Patricia C.
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We were so thrilled with the excellent quality of service and quick response we received yesterday. Jimmy Tafoya was quick, honest, and pleasant. The door went off the rails so we called on a Saturday afternoon for emergency service. He fixed the problem in 2 hours. We thought we would need a new door it was so screwed up but he fixed it very well at a lower cost. We are very thankful.

Robert Z.
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My hinge was bent. Jay came out the same day. Repaired and realigned. Very efficient, knowledgeable, and did a great job. Would definitely call again for garage needs.

Tara L.
five stars

I wish this company provided other random services because I would use them for anything!

I sent a request for a quote via Yelp at 3:56 pm and received a reply from Travis at 3:57 pm. He said he could have a technician to my home between 4-6 pm That Day! Like within the next 2 hours. Before I committed, though I had to ask a few questions. First, could the technician please wear a mask and gloves because we have high-risk people in our home during Covid? Answer – no problem at all. Second, could you provide a ballpark estimate based on my description of the problem? Yup!

I then received a text with my appointment confirmation, and 20 minutes before the technician arrived, I received a lengthy text with a photo, background check information, and instructions on what to expect when he arrives. Then Jay called personally to let me know to expect him.

When he arrived, he looked at the job, gave me an estimate, and went to work. 20 min later, he was done, with no extra hidden fees. He accepted my credit card verbally so that we didn’t have any close contact.

The garage works perfectly!

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