Precision Garage Door Tune up
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A precision garage door tuneup involves both an inspection of your garage door and the maintenance needed to keep it working in top condition. A professional inspection may also catch problems while they’re small, saving you money and time.
What Is a Precision Garage Door Tune up?
A garage door tuneup is the regular maintenance of a garage door. Between the garage door itself and the garage door opener, there are hundreds of different parts. Regular tuneups can help to ensure that each of these pieces is functioning properly. Just as regular checkups with your doctor can help you to catch problems before they’re major, a garage door tuneup can help to catch issues before they end up being a bigger and more serious problem later on.
What Is Included in a Precision Garage Door Tune up?
A garage door tuneup includes:
- Lubrication of the chains and sprocket of the garage door opener
- Diagnostic inspection of:
- Weather seals
- Door sections
- Counterbalance system
- Safety inspection
- Tightening of screws and bolts
- Door rebalancing
- Test the pressure of the opener
- Check electronic eye alignment
What If Replacement Parts Are Needed?
No replacement parts are involved in a tune up. If, during the garage door tune up, it’s discovered that replacement parts are necessary for a repair, customer approval will be required before anything is ordered or the repair carried out because it would add additional cost to the tune up.
How Often Should I Have a Precision Garage Door Tuneup?
You should have a garage door tuneup regularly for maintenance and to ensure that all parts are working properly. Because a tuneup can help catch problems when they’re small, regular tuneups can help to prevent bigger problems that might require a costlier emergency repair. Depending on your garage door, you may want to consider a tuneup between every six months to every two years.
Do I Need a Professional to Tuneup My Precision Garage Door?
It’s generally a good idea to let a professional garage door specialist service your garage door and perform the tuneup. Professionals are experts in garage doors and already have the proper tools to do the job. They also already know the necessary safety precautions they’ll need to take. Plus, if the professional discovers a problem with your garage door during the tuneup, they will recognize it for what it is and may, with your approval, be able to repair the issue during the tuneup, preventing a bigger problem later.
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What Safety Precautions Are Necessary During a Garage Door Tune up?
If you want to tune up your own garage door, there are some safety precautions that you should take. First, you should ensure that the automatic garage door opener is unplugged. That way, the garage door cannot open or close automatically while you or a professional is working on it. Anytime the door is open, you’ll want to make sure that it’s clamped below the rollers on the roller track. This will ensure that the door doesn’t drop while you’re working on the door. Thirdly, you should make sure to never remove a lift cable when there is tension on it or the spring. If released while taut, a cable can be dangerous and very painful if it hits you.
Finally, you shouldn’t ever try to adjust the tension or release the tension on an torsion spring that’s overhead. This should be attempted only by professionals.
How Does a Precision Garage Door Tune up Work?
A garage door tune up involves both an inspection of the garage door and maintenance work. The professional servicing your garage door will inspect the hardware of your garage door to make sure it’s fastened properly. Then, they will perform any necessary maintenance, such as lubrication and oiling moving parts.
Inspect the Garage Door Hardware
The inspection of the hardware of the garage door involves:
- Tightening any loose nuts and bolts
- Inspecting the wheels and bearings on the rollers for wear and tear
- Inspecting the garage door’s lift cable for wear and tear
Maintain the Garage Door’s Moving Parts
The moving parts of a garage door, such as the chains and springs, may also need to be oiled and lubricated so they don’t wear out as quickly. A precision garage door tuneup will also involve any necessary lubrication of the following parts:
Check the Weather Seal
The weather seal on a garage door is what protects the edges of the door and keeps weather from entering your garage. A precision garage door tuneup will check the weather seal to make sure it’s not worn and in need of replacement.
Test the Garage Door’s Balance
A precision garage door tuneup also involves testing the balance of your garage door. This is done by opening the garage door partway. If the garage door stays where it is, then it’s properly balanced. If the garage door rises up or falls, then the springs in the lifting mechanism are either under too much tension if it rises or not enough if it falls. One of the services included in the precision garage door tuneup is rebalancing the garage door as needed.
Test the Garage Door’s Auto-Reverse Features
A tuneup will also include a test of the garage door’s auto-reverse functionality. When your garage door comes into contact with an object, it should stop and then reverse. Something like a wooden 2×4 can be placed under the garage door to test whether or not the garage door automatically stops and reverses when coming into contact with it.