If you use your automatic garage door frequently, your garage door motor is a hard worker in your home. To ensure that your garage door continues to operate smoothly, it will need some TLC occasionally. As with anything, prevention is better than cure, so there are some preventative measures you can take to stop minor issues with your garage door motor from becoming major ones.
The easiest way to look after anything in and around your home is to monitor how it performs when it is in use. When you open or shut your garage door, do you hear strange sounds? Is the door pulling slower or faster than usual? Does the motor sound like it is straining?
Sometimes small changes can indicate those minor issues as mentioned above. If they are caught quickly enough, they can be repaired (most times) quickly and easily. If they get ignored, they can lead to bigger work, needing a larger budget.
Check Garage Door Balance
If your garage door is unbalanced, your garage door motor will strain to keep up. This can cause some big issues in the future if left unmanaged. You can test this by manually moving the garage door halfway up. If it moves, it means there is an issue, and a garage door professional will have to come out.
Regularly Replace Parts
Keep tabs on when last your garage door mechanism was serviced. You may want to do a thorough inspection at least once every two years to ensure that parts are performing the way that they should without hiccups in between.
Worn, chipped or cracked parts should be replaced as soon as they are spotted.
Keep Garage Door Parts Lubricated
A smooth moving garage door will make your garage door motor’s job easier. This means that it will last longer. You will only need to lubricate it once a year, and your professional garage door installer will give you the guidance you need so that you can do this independently.
How Long Should A Garage Door Motor Last?
A garage door motor should last between 10 – 15 years if it’s looked after correctly. Our team at Adams Doors complete quality servicing of garage door motors whether it is one of our garage door installations, or an existing one. For more information on garage door servicing in South Africa, give us a call!