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Garage door opener maintenance in 6 easy steps

Whether the weather is good or bad, an automatic garage door opener is just super convenient — right up until it doesn’t work. The good news is that some simple maintenance for this useful appliance can go a long way in ensuring smooth operation and avoiding inconvenient breakdowns. So, let's dive into the world of garage door opener maintenance with these 6 easy steps. It's easier than you think!

1. Inspect and tighten

First things first — give your garage door opener a visual once-over. Over time, the vibrations from regular use can cause things to loosen up, and a quick tightening session can prevent potential issues down the line. Look for any loose bolts, nuts, or screws and tighten them up.

A gloved hand applies lubricant to the chain of a garage door opener

2. Give it some grease

Just like any other mechanical system, garage door openers appreciate a little TLC in the form of lubrication. Make sure to lubricate the metal components such as the chains, rollers, and hinges with the proper lubricant. This simple step can significantly reduce friction, noise, and wear and tear.

3. Balance check

An unbalanced garage door can put unnecessary strain on the opener. To check the balance, disconnect the opener and manually lift the door. It should stay in place when you let go. If it doesn't, the tension of the springs may need adjustment. 

IMPORTANT: Garage door spring adjustment can be dangerous in untrained hands — a sudden release of the spring’s tension can cause serious damage to nearby people and property. If a spring adjustment is needed, we strongly recommend hiring a licensed professional.

A garage door opener sensor ensures no blockages are in the way

4. Sensor sanity

Modern garage door openers come with safety sensors that prevent the door from closing on objects or people. Periodically check that these sensors are properly aligned and free from any obstructions. A quick wipe with a clean cloth can keep them in tip-top shape.

5. Remote control battery swap

Don't forget about the little guy — your garage door opener remote control. Change the batteries regularly to ensure that you're never stuck outside with a door that won't budge.

6. Professional tune-up

While there's a lot you can do on your own, it's always a good idea to schedule an occasional professional tune-up. A trained technician can catch potential issues before they become major problems, keeping your garage door opener in peak condition.

A man on a ladder makes adjustments to a garage door opener

So, there you have it — a crash course in garage door opener maintenance. By investing a bit of time and effort into caring for your garage door opener, you can extend its lifespan and reduce the risk of malfunction, so your garage can run smoothly. Happy maintaining!

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