Garage Door Maintenance: The key to a happy garage door.

Some garage door maintenance tasks and safety tests are simple enough for you to do them yourself. That said, not everyone feels comfortable doing such tasks, or even wants to. If you live in the greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, you can always call Brothers Garage Door to have one of our experienced professional technicians give you a hand. Whatever you decide, here are some things you should know:

1) When performing your maintenance and safety tests, inform your household family members about your activity, and be sure to let them know that the garage door is off limits until you’re through–for your safety and theirs.

Here are the tests and maintenance tasks listed in the order in which they should be performed monthly (unless otherwise specified):

Visual Inspection
With the garage door closed, and from inside your garage, check the garage door cables, springs, pulleys, rollers, and mounting hardware (hinges, for example) to see if any wear or damage has occurred. Use common sense, but if something seems loose, frayed, or out of place, there could be a problem. Time to call a technician.

Door Balance Test 

Close the door and disconnect the automatic opener (if applicable). When you are ready, manually lift your garage door. The door should lift smoothly with minimal resistance, and should remain completely open without your assistance. If you have trouble lifting the door, or if it does not stay open–you may have a balance problem. Time to call a technician.

Reversing Mechanism Test
(Applies to doors with automatic opener systems).

Please Note: It is required by federal law that all garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, be equipped with a reversing mechanism and a photo eye or edge sensor as added measures of safety to prevent entrapment and/or injury. If your system does not have these features, replacement of your automatic operating system is highly recommended.

  • First, open the garage door completely. Beneath the open door, set a roll of paper towels on the floor in the center of the doorway, so that the door will strike it when it closes. Push the garage door wall button to close the door. The door should automatically reverse when the door strikes the roll of towels. If the door fails to reverse… you have a problem. Time to call a technician.
  • Photo eye test (Applies to doors with automatic opener systems).

When you go to close your door and it will not close and the lamp starts flashing, the machine is telling you that either something is in the way of the sensor, or the sensors are out of focus, or something is wrong with the wiring, chipmunks may be the problem. Call a specialist.

  • Quarterly lubrication is recommended. Spray a small amount of oil based spray lubricant to your garage door’s rollers, hinges springs and spring tube bearings.