As you know, your garage door is the largest and heaviest moving part in your house. You should maintain your door regularly. Here are a couple simple steps you can do that will help ensure your garage door works properly.
First, regularly lubricate your door. Lubricate the springs, the hinges, and if you have them steel rollers. Do not lubricate plastic rollers or sealed bearing nylon rollers. Use a non-silicone spray lubricant. Do not put grease in the tracks. Lubricate your garage door opener according to the manufacturers recommendations in your owners manual.
Next, regularly test the balance of your garage door. With the door closed, release the door from the opener (by pulling the red manual release cord). You should be able to lift your garage door easily. Once the door is 3 to 4 feet in the air, gently release the door. The door should hang in the opening, not moving up or down more than about six inches. If the door is difficult to lift because it is too heavy or if the door will not remain motionless in the opening when you release it, your door needs to be serviced by a qualified technician.
Bear with me again, today, but I have another rant. Last week is was unkept appointments and unlicensed contractors, today it is selling reconditioned products as new. It seems that rising parts costs is moving some contractors into the unsavory practice of selling used and sometimes reconditioned parts as new.
For example, yesterday we received a call from a customer with a ‘brand new’ opener installed by another company. The opener was originally manufactured in 2007. The customer immediately had problems with the opener. The company that installed the supposedly new opener referred the customer back to the manufacturer for warranty service. Once the manufacturer identified the opener as not being new, the customer had no warranty at all and the company that installed the opener is not standing behind their work.
Today, we received a call from a customer specifically asking if we sold refurbished openers instead of new openers. It doesn’t take long for news about bad practices and scams to get around and we were glad the customer knew enough to ask the question. Fortunately for our customer, Door Doctor West buys openers directly from the manufacturer. She received a brand new garage door opener that rolled off the manufacturer’s assembly line just three weeks ago.
I strongly recommend that customers watch the opener come off the service truck and make sure the packaging is new. Check the manufactured date on the box and on the control board to make sure they match. If there are any questions, you can call the manufacturer with the serial number and they will tell you the exact date the opener was built.
As always, we are happy to answer questions and support our customers. If you need your garage door repaired or just have questions, contact us at 602-495-1555 or via email.