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.