Keeping your garage door and garage door opener properly serviced is a must do to keep it running properly and stop issues from occurring that can be costly. It is recommended that you service your garage door and opener once a year. The good news is there is quite a bit that you the homeowner can do your self to saving money and avoid premature wear on your opener and garage door hardware. Below is a description of the things you can do your self and how to check your garage door and opener system to see if it is necessary for you to call a garage door service company to perform the maintenance for you. Be aware that adjusting springs and other portions of your garage door system can be hazardous and should never be attempted by the homeowner.
One of the main things that should be performed on your garage door system yearly is lubrication. Lubricating your garage door system will keep the operation smooth and prevent premature wear. It is recommended that you use a non-colored silicone-based spray lubricant. Other lubricants can be used on the garage door hardware such as WD-40 but using these kinds of liver cancer may require you to perform this service more frequently. On your garage door system you should lubricate the hardware such as the hinges rollers tracks springs and the bearings on either side of the spring system. Next, lubricating the opener, silicone spray can be used on T-shaped chain drive and belt drive opener rails. For screwdriver opener such as genie screw drives or Liftmaster screw drives it is recommended to put a bead of low temp grease or lithium grease on the screw itself. Be careful not to put too much on or wipe it down prior or after if there is excess so that grease does not drip on the ground. Finally, with the door in the down position pull the release string on the opener trolley so that the door can be operated manually. Again make sure the door is in the down position before releasing it from the opener. Lift the door up to the up position the door should be easy to lift and should hold itself halfway if you release it and it should also hold it self in the open position. If the door does not hold itself at the halfway position or at the up position then it is recommended that the spring be adjusted. You should call a garage door company to perform the spring adjustment service for you. A spring adjustment is generally going to cost an hours worth of labor which can vary depending on the company you call.
If you are unable or unwilling to to perform the services on your garage door Mastercraft garage door service can help, are trained technicians are certified by MasterCraft and can perform service or repair on any garage door or opener brands. We offer a free service call and 25 point inspections call today.