We are often asked at Garage Door Doctor: What can I do to ensure my garage door runs smoothly?  To keep your garage door running smoothly, here are three areas to focus on:

  1. Regular Maintenance: Perform regular maintenance tasks to ensure your overhead door operates smoothly. This includes inspecting the door and its components for any signs of wear or damage. Lubricate all moving parts, such as rollers, hinges, and tracks, with a high-quality garage door lubricant. Tighten any loose bolts or screws and clean the tracks from dirt or debris. By maintaining your garage door, you can prevent potential issues and extend its lifespan.
  1. Balance and Alignment: It’s important to check the balance and alignment of your garage door periodically. An unbalanced door can cause strain on the opener and other components, leading to premature wear on the springs and other components. To check the balance, disconnect the opener and manually operate the door. If it doesn’t stay in place when about halfway opened, it may be unbalanced. In such cases, it’s best to consult a professional garage door technician who can adjust the tension of the springs or make necessary repairs.  Additionally, ensure that the tracks are aligned properly so that the door can move smoothly without any obstructions.
  1. Safety Sensors: Garage doors are equipped with safety sensors that detect objects or people in the door’s path, preventing accidents and injuries. Regularly inspect and clean the safety sensors to ensure they are functioning correctly. The sensors are usually located near the floor on each side of the door, and need a clear line of sight between them. Make sure the lenses are clean and free from any dirt or debris. If the sensors are misaligned or not working correctly, the door may not close properly or may reverse when closing. In such cases, adjust the sensors or seek professional assistance to fix any issues.  Check out our website for a video on how to align your safety sensors yourself.

Remember, if you encounter any complex problems with your overhead door or are unsure about performing maintenance tasks, give us a call at 704-858-4040.  We have the expertise and knowledge to address almost any issues and ensure the safe and smooth operation of your garage door.  Contact us today to inspect or help with your door!