How to Take Care of Your Electric Garage Door02/22/2014 Back To Blog
Regardless whether they are electric or manual, garage doors need maintenance. Though, electric ones are more peculiar because they have electric parts, which are more sensitive and require special care, concentration and attention. Otherwise, you are risking getting involved in a small domestic accident or ruining the system of your garage door.
First things first
One of the most important tasks that homeowners tend to forget is the cleaning of the door. It must take place a few times throughout the year and involve the cleaning of the panel and the garage door parts. Of course, you must avoid using water to the electric parts and limit your cleaning to dusting. This procedure will give you the opportunity to check the operation of each part closely and examine what's hiding underneath the filthiness on the surface of the door. If you discover signs of erosion and the rust hasn't been spread, you can clean it off. Don't forget that you would need to apply special coatings on wood doors to make them resistant and avoid warping due to moisture.
Focus on the electric parts
- Electric garage door openers are the headquarters of the whole system, but you must not forget that they work with electric power and, hence, you need to unplug the unit before you decide to clean or repair it.
- Take care of the remote controls because they are the best friends with the opener. If they don't work properly, you won't have an easy and safe access into your home. You will just need to replace the batteries often and dust the inner circuit; though, it wouldn't hurt replacing them with modern garage motor remote devices.
- You need to take special care of the sensors ensuring they are facing each other and communicating properly with the opener. Check the wires and test their effectiveness. Garage door opener sensors maintenance is one of the most important tasks of the service.
Don't forget the mechanical parts
Most parts of the electric doors are still mechanical and, hence, you must make sure they are all properly and regularly lubricated and checked for malfunctions. You should basically focus on the good condition and superb flexibility of garage door springs, the dynamic of cables, and the cleanliness and strength of the tracks.