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The Complete Guide to Commercial Overhead Garage Door Maintenance

Garage door maintenance

Every day your employees, customers, and suppliers come into contact with areas of your property such as your garage doors. That’s why garage door maintenance is so important!

Performing routine maintenance on garage doors and opening mechanisms promotes safety and saves you time and money in the long run.

Many large problems begin as small maintenance issues that you can address on your own without needing a service technician. Performing routine maintenance is the best way to ensure the longevity of your property.

Keep reading to learn more about maintaining your garage doors!

Perform Routine Garage Door Maintenance

Conduct a Visual Inspection

Stand inside your facility with the door closed. Check thoroughly all springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and hardware such as hinges or brackets.

Look for any worn cables, frayed wires, or connections which appear rusted, corroded or otherwise damaged.

Do you see any loose mounting hardware, or notice anything that doesn’t look or sound right?

The best way to prevent something from happening to your garage door is to inspect it regularly and take note of any changes that you notice.

Often bigger problems start as small maintenance issues which you can pick up by conducting a thorough visual check of your garage door and the opening system.

Perform a Balance Test

If your door has an automatic opener system, close the door and disconnect the system. Lift the door manually. It should lift up in a smooth and uniform manner. It should also remain fully open.

If it is excessively difficult to open or it does not remain open, your door could be out of balance. This should be checked immediately.

Authority Dock and Door would be happy to assist you if your garage door is out of balance!

Perform a Reversing Mechanism Test

If your garage door was installed after 1993, it will have an automatic reversing mechanism. You can check this by placing a 2×4 piece of wood on the floor in front of your garage door’s path. If the door does not reverse upon hitting the piece of wood, then your reversing mechanism needs to be replaced.

Because of the danger posed by this issue, it should be inspected immediately. In this case, professionals know exactly what to look for.

Lubricate Moving Parts

Regularly lubricate all metallic moving parts of your garage door and it’s opener. Do not lubricate plastic parts such as rollers or idlers bearings.

Consult your owners’ manual for the best information about how to lubricate and maintain your garage door.

Join Our Preventative Maintenance Program

Authority Dock and Door is happy to offer preventative maintenance programs. Let us help safeguard your investments. Your property is valuable and we want to help protect it.

Once enrolled, we will schedule an annual garage door maintenance service call to your commercial properties.

Contact us today so we can help you maintain the optimal function and safety of your garage doors!