Just like many elements of your home, your garage door requires regular maintenance including clearing the tracks, checking the hardware, and other general maintenance.
If you are inside your garage, you can manually open your attached garage door by locating the bypass switch. Simply look for the red rope hanging from the mechanism on the roof of your garage.
If you are outside the door, you may have a keyed emergency release bolted into the outside of the door. Simply insert
A balanced door should stay in place by the balance on the springs. To test this, close your garage door. Then, unhook the door from the opener, and release the red handle on the emergency release. As you lift the garage door manually to the halfway point, it should stay in place. If it does
Typically, insulating your own garage door is safe to do. When adding insulation, be sure to adjust your springs to account for the additional weight. There are many different options for insulation including Batt, Blown-In, and Foam Board. For more information on insulating your garage, here is a related article.
Broken springs can be identified by looking for common symptoms:
- You hear a loud bang – similar to a firework
- The operator only lifts the door roughly a foot off the ground.
- One end of the garage door rests on the ground while the opposite end of the door stays roughly 6” off the ground
The first step is to purchase an oil-based lubricant. Then lubricate the rollers, roller stems, hinges, tracks, and springs. Avoid messes by being careful to not over lubricate.
Use a non-silicone based lubricant. You may use a light duty (10W-30) motor oil on the springs only
This is a common issue with the photo eyes (safety sensors) at the bottom of the door. Make sure they are aligned and that there is no dust or debris on them.
This is a common service issue and they can be replaced without replacing the door. If the door has two springs, many people choose to replace both as they are usually on the same life cycle.