Here at Pro East Cobb Garage Door we are often asked how to make home and business garage doors last longer before needing repair work or replacement. There are actually many ways in which you can do this. We invite you to read this post and apply these helpful tips to your garage door setting. If you have any questions or wish to get further advice, simply call our East Cobb, GA garage door repair shop and we’ll be happy to talk to you. Our family owned company offers free consultations, free price quotes and same day service work so don’t be shy; give us a call!
Too Much Usage
This one is just common sense. The more often you use something, the sooner it wears out. It’s pretty much an unspoken rule that garage doors are built to open twice a day on average. If you find yourself coming and going more than that, be aware of this and try to limit your garage door use to just a few times be day. Of course, this averages out over time. Some days, you may not use your garage door at all while other days can be quite busy (think Christmas shopping!). The point is; be aware of too much frivolous garage door use, and make adjustments as needed.
We’re serious! Rust can be a problem in some areas of the country. If you live in the super dry parts of the Southwest like Arizona, New Mexico or Nevada you probably don’t need to worry about it. In more humid areas like Florida, Louisiana and here in Georgia, it can really be a problem! Wet weather, dampness, rain and snow can easily lead to rusty springs which cause the coils to corrode and weaken. If you have moderate to high humidity in your area, be sure to lubricate your springs at least every four months or so. You can do this yourself or call Pro East Cobb Garage Door and we’ll be happy to provide this maintenance for you.
If you’ve had your garage door springs replaced professionally, you don’t need to worry about this. If you’ve done the work yourself (we don’t recommend this!) or if you are renting the property and don’t know, then please pay attention to this item. Incorrect size or type of garage door springs can lead to problems. They tend to break much sooner and don’t last as long either. Always use a licensed, bonded and insured garage door technician when having work done on your garage door springs. Most of these shops offer 24-hour emergency garage door spring repair and fast, highly accurate spring replacement help, too.
It’s a basic but important step; be aware of your garage door’s condition. Does it look different or work erratically? Do you notice anything frayed or unusual about the wires or cables? Are your safety eyes aligned properly? Is anything blocking the signal between them? Does anything seem loose or not tightened? Do you hear loud or unusual noises when you try and operate your garage door? Is it working harder to do the same job? Something as simple as noticing a change in your garage door’s performance or appearance can save you big dollars down the road. Many local garage door repair shops offer periodic maintenance routines and/or annual check-ups in case you don’t have the time or inclination to do the work yourself.
A Simple Test
It’s easy to run this balance test yourself. Go to your garage door and pull the emergency release cord so that the garage door opener is separated from the door. This will allow you to manually open the garage door. Try doing this. It SHOULD lift smoothly and no problem. Now, close your garage door again and this time, lift it partially. Let go and see what happens. It should stay where you left it. If it closes again (drops back down) or if it is hard to lift then this indicates spring wear that will need attention sooner than later.
Pro East Cobb Garage Door does NOT recommend spring repair on your own. These metal coils operate at very high levels of tension in order to lift and lower your heavy garage door. It takes experience, tools and skill to repair, service, or replace garage door springs. We know that you want to save money but spring repair is best left to the professionals. You can still get your springs serviced and save money by finding an affordable locksmith service in East Cobb to do the work for you. This way you save time as well as money and are also covered by warranty and product guarantees.
Do Some Research
If you have some extra time, try viewing some YouTube videos on garage door maintenance tips. There are hundreds of them online. You don’t have to look at all of them (whew!) to get a solid idea of what you can do for yours. Use the search bar on YouTube or on Google to find information on your particular size and type of garage door. Try this on your springs and opener unit, too.
Look around your home or office for owner’s manuals and other papers that may have come with your purchase. Many don’t save these or you may be renting the place and not have access to them. Most all manufacturers now put owner’s manuals online in PDF form. Just enter your search term and add “owner’s manual” to it for a comprehensive list of them. Be sure to look for toll free numbers in the paperwork or online. Even if your opener, springs or garage door itself is no longer covered by warranty, many firms still offer customer service help and guidance.
If you have a favorite local garage door repair shop that you use or trust, the simplest way to extend the use of your garage door is to have them check it out for wear, use and safety. Pro East Cobb Garage Door offers 25 point safety inspections, same day service and the best rates. Give us a call and make your garage door last longer and work better!