Keep your family safe with these simple maintenance tips. A faulty garage door is not only unatrractive, but dangerous. Call us for our flat rate residential maintenance service.
Use your owner’s manual when performing this monthly maintenance. If you don’t have a manual, check the back of the door for the model number, or check lock handle, hinges etc. for the manufacturer’s name and request a manual. If no name is available, call a certified, experienced garage door company and explain your situation. Most companies will gladly help you.
Visual Inspection of springs, rollers, pulleys, cables and track
A visual door inspection should include a close look at the springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and other door hardware for signs of wear. If you site any problems, have a qualified repair person make the repairs.
GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS, CABLES, BRACKETS AND OTHER HARDWARE ATTACHED TO THE SPRINGS, ARE UNDER VERY HIGH TENSION AND, IF HANDLED IMPROPERLY, CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY. ONLY A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL, FOLLOWING THE MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS, SHOULD ADJUST THEM.
THE TORSION SPRINGS, ABOVE THE DOOR, SHOULD ONLY BE ADJUSTED BY A PROFESSIONAL. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPAIR OR ADJUST TORSION SPRINGS YOURSELF.
A restraining cable or other device should be installed on the extension spring (along the side of the door) to help contain the spring if it breaks.
Never Remove, adjust or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.
Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. Do not
lubricate plastic parts such as rollers and idler bearings.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for these parts.
Test the balance of your door by starting with the door closed and using the release mechanism so that you can operate the door by hand. You should be able to lift the door with little resistance. It should stay open at about 3 or 4 feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of adjustment.
Make sure your opener has a reversing feature. If a reversing feature is not present, it should be replaced. Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have advanced safety features which comply with the latest U.L. 325 standards. Contact the manufacturer or installer for additional information.
* Test the balance of the door (see TEST THE BALANCE OF YOUR DOOR below). If the door is properly balanced, proceed.
* With the door fully open, place a 1 ½” thick piece of wood on the floor in the center of the door.
Push the transmitter or wall button to close the door. The door must reverse when it strikes the wood. (Note that the bottom part of “one piece doors” must be rigid so that the door will not close without reversing.) If the door does not reverse, have it repaired or replaced. ALWAYS have a professional, qualified person adjust, repair or replace the
opener or the door.
Force Setting Test
Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force may be excessive and need adjusting. See owner’s manual for details on how to make the adjustment. Test the reversing feature after any adjustment.
Additional Safety Devices
Many garage doors openers can be equipped with additional safety devices, such as a photo eye or edge sensor as an extra measure of safety to protect against entrapment.
*Review the owner’s manual for the door opener. If an owner’s manual is not available, look for the opener model number on the back of the power unit and request a manual from
*This information is provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Safety Council and the Industry Coalition for Automatic Garage Door Opener Safety.*
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PLANNED MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS
Hanover Door has Planned Maintenance Agreements (PMA) available to assist you in maintaining your equipment. As with any equipment today, proper maintenance can greatly increase the longevity as well as decrease the downtime of your investment. Depending on your needs we have the following (2) cost effective maintenance programs available:
Your program will Include (1) visit per year to clean, lube, adjust, and perform a safety check on all contracted equipment to help ensure that all equipment is operating safely, efficiently, and properly. There is a fixed price per unit for PM Service, billed annually. A 5% discount will also be applied to any necessary replacement parts as well as any travel and labor for all non-PM work during the period of agreement and will be invoiced separately.
Same as Code 8 plus…plus unlimited travel and corrective labor during normal business hours. Any after hours and emergency service calls will be invoiced as outlined in the agreement.
A 5% discount will also be applied to any necessary replacement parts as well as any travel and labor for all non-PM work during the period of agreement and will be invoiced separately.