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Garage doors are used more frequently than front doors by homeowners. On average, homeowners open their doors over 1,500 times a year. Garage doors are often neglected by homeowners who don’t have them inspected or maintained on a regular basis. Professionals should only inspect the door if the hardware or parts stop working. You can expect to experience future problems like getting trapped in your garage or being stranded outside. These problems can cause costly repairs.

Garage door maintenance is easy. Most garage door service professionals recommend that you perform regular maintenance at least once a year. Garage door specialists and homeowners can do the following:

  • Life Expectancy: Garage doors are not expected to last forever. Your garage door can last between 15 and 30 years if you take care of it. This depends on your door type and how often it is used.
  • Safety: By correctly maintaining your garage door, you can avoid malfunctions or breakages that could cause injury to someone or property damage.
  • Price: Did you know preventive maintenance can be cheaper than expensive repairs? 

What to expect during professional garage door maintenance

Many people expect their garage doors to lift and lower safely and reliably as they need. However, if you don’t maintain your garage door regularly, you could find yourself in a situation where your garage door is not working properly. This could lead to costly repairs and delays. Garage doors have many moving parts and various pieces of hardware. They will wear over time due to regular use and strain.

Our annual tune-ups and repairs are done by a certified and licensed garage door specialist. This expert has extensive experience in inspecting all moving parts and identifying potential problems. Our garage door technician will perform these tasks during our maintenance:

  • Visual Inspection: The technician will inspect and lubricate every moving part, including springs, rollers and hinges.
  • Removal of Debris: We’ll clean out any dirt, grit, or other debris from tracks and photo eye sensors to ensure functionality.
  • We also inspect critical components . These parts can have a significant impact on the quality of your garage door.
  • Check for Corrosion Another important detail to consider is inspecting every component for signs or corrosion that could cause damage or improper operation.
  • Perform Safety Tasks It is essential to ensure that your garage door safety measures work properly in order for you to be safe every day. We will inspect your keyless door and other electrical components and perform a UL325 safety test.

Once your garage door inspection has been completed, the technician will give you a detailed report outlining all activities and making any upgrade or repair recommendations. Our goal is to provide garage door maintenance and repairs that are affordable and safe to ensure proper operation for many years.

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Preventive Garage Door Homeowner Tasks

To ensure that your garage door functions properly and is of high quality, homeowners should take note of the normal operation of your garage door and be aware if it makes unusual noises or behaviour. These steps should be completed in addition to the annual maintenance checks by our trusted professionals.

  • Get rid of debris buildup: Your garage may be infested with garbage and other dirt and debris. You can remove any buildup you see that is affecting garage door operation.
  • Check Parts and Hardware. Garage doors can wear out over time due to normal use. To prevent rust buildup, replace or tighten any missing or damaged parts. Keep springs and chains well-lubricated.
  • Unusual sounds: While your garage door should always operate normally, you should be aware of unusual sounds that your opener or garage door makes when it opens and closes.

Common Garage Door Noises To Know

You may be able to ignore odd garage door sounds if they are not predictable or reliable. You may hear a louder garage door or opener sound, which could indicate that your door needs to be repaired or maintained by professionals.

  • Grinding This sound could indicate worn rollers or poor lubrication for moving parts.
  • Squealing or Banging: This is often caused by damaged panels or a door that is not in balance.
  • Clinking or ticking: These lighter sounds can affect different parts. Either the bearings or pulleys are worn, or rust has caused coils or bearings to rub together.
  • Straining If you hear a straining sound during operations, it could be a problem with your garage door opener motor. Or the machine may not have the horsepower necessary to lift or lower the door.
  • Rattling While this sound can be alarming, it is often a sign of a loose chain or support rails. 

Call Pretoria Garage Doors for your annual maintenance.

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