It can be easy to take your garage door for granted, especially when it’s installed and maintained by skilled experts. But the fact is that your garage door is a heavy, moving object and, when paired with an electric door opener, it’s part of a delicate mechanism with several moving parts. The International Door Association has a number of good tips and suggestions for getting the most out of your door and maintaining safety; below are a few suggestions and reminders of our own.
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Garage door springs are under extreem tension and we recommend they only be replaced or adjusted by trained professionals. Garage door torsion springs are rated by cycle life, with 10,000 cycles (a cycle being one opening and one closing action) the industry standard minimum. Upgrades are available from 25,000 to 100,000 cycles. The average spring breaks about every 7 to 12 years. If a garage door has two or more springs and one breaks, all springs should be replaced to maintain proper balance.
The leading causes of garage door failure and/or replacement include lack of maintenance and being hit by vehicles. A proper maintenance schedule for a garage door includes lubrication of the rollers, bearings, pulleys, and springs once a year; washing painted steel surfaces several times a year; painting or refinishing wood surfaces as necessary; and making proper adjustments to the counter balance system as necessary to maintain door balance. A properly balanced garage door should be able to be stopped mid-travel without drifting down or up when operated manually.