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Garage Door Maintenance

Garage Door Maintenance Service By Sliverlight Garage Door Repair Irving TX

Why Garage Door Maintenance is Needed

Garage door maintenance is essential.  It is easy to take your modern garage door for granted. Do not think of it as a simple hinged door.  It is much more like your car. There are a set of components and systems that are designed to work together.  These need to be maintained. Luckily, if you live in Irving TX, you can contact us at SliverLight Garage Door Repair. If you do neglect your garage door maintenance, you will sooner or later be faced with an emergency.

If this is the case, we offer a 24/7 emergency service in Irving TX.  However, it is better not to be in this situation in the first place.  This could be very dangerous as a garage door could suddenly come crashing down on your vehicle, you, your family, or family pets. The garage door could get stuck, stopping you from going to work. Plus, the repair bill could be expensive. It is far better to contact us to sort out a comprehensive maintenance program. This will work out  cheaper in the long run and give you peace of mind. To look first at one of the  critical components in a modern “opener style” garage door, these are the tension springs and cables. They help counterbalance the garage door.  The opener motor does not have enough power on its own to move the garage door.  The counterbalancing springs are needed to support it.

Set Up a Regular Garage Door Maintenance Schedule

A garage door spring has a fixed life span.  Every time the garage door is opens and closes, the spring is subjected to a force.  This will “work harden” the spring.  In time, this will cause progressive stiffness in the spring.  It becomes more brittle and will break eventually. This can be predicted.  Each time a garage door goes up and down, it represents a cycle. The life span of a garage door spring is 10,000 cycles.  With this information, our service at Irving TX can set up a garage door maintenance schedule. For those that use a garage door a lot, a large family, or a busy commercial operation, using the garage door 8 times a day will produce spring failure in just 3 years. If the garage door is used 6 times, then the springs will start breaking in 5 years. If the garage door is opened and closed twice a day, this will take 14 years.

If your garage doors are used a lot, then it will be essential to get in contact with us in Irving TX to talk about our garage door maintenance service and what we can do to help you.  It would make a lot of sense to have all the springs removed and replaced, along with the cables, when they are approaching the end of their “life”.  Do not try this your self.  Springs–torsion and extension –are held under high tension. Releasing these the wrong way might cause a serious accident.

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Garage Door Maintenance Service – Rollers and Hinges

Another important system is the rollers, along with the hinges and tracking.  These all help keep the doors moving up and down smoothly.   We will really need to check this system twice a year. Our skilled technicians at Garage Door Repair Irving TX can easily provide this garage door maintenance service. The rollers are either made of steel or nylon.   These will wear in time, and possibly chip and break. The hinges are part of the rollers.  These will need to be kept tightened.  They help lock the rollers into place in the tracking. Keep an eye on the tracking as well.  This can get dented, damaged, or blocked with dirt.  If you have any worries about the rollers, contact us at Irving TX straight away. We will immediately deal with any problems.

You can also do your own garage door maintenance.  Make monthly garage door inspections part of your routine.  This will be a visual inspection of  all the garage door systems. Look for any damaged parts, including dents in the garage door panels.  If the weather seal is damaged, that will need replacing. If you notice straining on the opener motor and drive systems, along with the rollers and tracking, these could also indicate a developing problem.  Use your ears as well as your eyes during the monthly inspections. To test the door balance, disconnect the opener.  Move the door half way up. It should hold; if it does not, call us.

Garage Door Tests

There are two more tests you can try yourself.  With the force setting test, let the door stay open, then close it with the opener remote. Hold the door up and see if it will go back up. If it doesn’t, then there is a problem with the door sensor. It might carry on closing.  You must move your hands away immediately, as they might get trapped. If this worries you, do not hesitate to call us at Sliverlight. The second test is connected with the garage door’s opener systems. The photo eye can go out of alignment with your garage door’s opener remote.  You will know there is a problem straight away, as the garage door will not open.

These tests should be monthly. As part of our garage door maintenance service, we can come along at any time and run through a series  of maintenance checks. The drive mechanism for the garage door is usually either a chain drive or a belt drive system.  Cogs, chains, and belts can all wear and get damaged.  Mechanical moving parts need regular lubrication, along with the tightening of bolts and fittings with the correct wrench.   Our garage door maintenance service in Irving TX can help you with all of this.  We can also immediately replace any damaged parts.   In addition, there is a follow up service. If necessary we can visit again to make sure everything is OK. We always use Original Equipment Manufactured (OEM) parts.

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