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What Maintenance Does a Chain Garage Door Opener Need?

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If you have a chain garage door opener, then you will need to do periodic maintenance on it. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair suggests you have our company come out and handle this or do it yourself.

1. Tighten Up Hardware

As your door opens and closes, the vibrations can knock things loose. You’ll need the necessary tools and a ladder to tighten up all parts that hold the opener in place. Don’t overtighten or you can strip the bolts.

Consider tightening the bolts about once a year. If you use your door excessively, such as in an industrial environment, you may need this done more often.

2. Apply Lubricant to the Chain

Lubricant should be applied to the chain and other parts. Make sure you select the right spray for the job. WD-40 is not the right type of lubricant to use on your door. You need a silicone based product.

Other types of lubricants like grease, oil, and WD-40 can cause other issues with the opener. They tend to attract dirt or cause buildup. When the gears get gunked up with debris, it will make it hard for your opener to work.

3. Tighten up the Chain

Every year, inspect your chain to see if it has loosened up. This type of chain is similar to a bike chain. Over time, it can stretch out and become less effective. Eventually, it could fall off and keep the door from opening and closing.

You should be able to tighten the chain by tightening the limit screw. If it is too loose, you may need to replace it altogether. A professional technician can help you determine if it is time for it to be changed.

4. Clean out the Bugs

If you have a light cover, then you will likely need to clean out the bugs from time to time. They will crawl inside and die. When the light cover is full of bugs, spider webs, and other dirt, it can make it hard to see.

Not only does it cause a problem with the amount of light it lets out, but the bugs and dirt can cause issues with the buildup.

5. Replace The Light Bulb

When the light goes out, you should go ahead and do the other maintenance at that time. If you haven’t maintained your opener prior to that point, you can use a burned out bulb as a reminder to do a general tune-up.

Call Today For Maintenance

When you need maintenance on your door or opener, call the team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair. We’ll send out one of the qualified technicians to take care of you right away. We can’t wait to help you with your project.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We always have a team on call to help you. If you have more than maintenance concerns, we’ll gladly help you with that, too.

You Can Trust Us for the Job

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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