By: Harold Blalock | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: October 2016
Keith Mrozinski and Owner Steve Lewis put the same care and craftsmanship into each custom door.
Garage doors are sometimes used as an entry door and operated 10 to 20 cycles a day and are a convenient part of our lives, taken for granted, until they malfunction.
Garage doors and garage door openers work together to control access to your garage. What most consumers do not realize is the interaction between the two and how one affects the other. Most door replacements are the result of operators not set properly and most operator failure is the result of a door that needs servicing or replacement.
The forces on an operator should not exceed the minimal force it takes to just open and close the door on a 1 to 10 scale. As the operator ages and brushes wear down, the force must be increased to start the motor. Usually the force is over specifications as far as the door is concerned, because once the motor is turning with the forces set too high, damage is caused to the door if something is blocking the opening.
Likewise if a door is in need of service, the opener must work harder than specified to open and close it. Most operators have a weak link designed to protect more expensive parts like the motor itself. These weak links are stressed when a door is not working properly.
Most people will service automobiles and understand the relationship between oil changes, fluid checks, tire rotation and alignment and follow a somewhat schedule to maintain the longevity of said auto.
The same care should be given to a garage door and operator: disconnect the operator and run without the door, operator should run smoothly without excess noise. Grinding, jerky or rough running operators should be serviced or replaced, and forces should be set as low as possible. If they are above this setting, they should be turned down until the door will not operate and increased just enough to open and close door. If the forces are higher than 5 the door may need servicing.
With the operator disconnected, open and close door. It should open and close smoothly throughout the travel. Rollers should turn with a small amount of resistance. If they are loose or clanking like a train on a track, they may be missing bearings and should be replaced. Hinges need to be checked for loose or missing screws, nuts, cracks or unusual bends. Cables may stretch and should be checked for fraying. Houses expand and contract, wood moves and cracks, so tracks should be the same distance from doors all the way thru travel. If there is a noticeable difference in spacing, adjustments should be made. The weight of the door when the spring is set correctly should not be heavy or light, it should stay if stopped half way up and not creep up or down. Springs get old, losing their flexibility and may need adjustment for proper balance. All moving parts should be lubricated every 6 months including spring, track, rollers and all hinges,
Garage doors and operators will work, to the average person fine, until something breaks or is damaged. In many instances, by the time Superior Overhead Door is called, replacement may be the only option when a service call and routine maintenance could have prevented the situation from happening in the first place.
Call Superior Overhead Door for your routine maintenance today!
(918) 258-3667 | Fax: (918) 258-3669
6998 South 145th East Ave, Unit B
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
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