You use your garage door fairly often to enter and exit your home. This means it’s going up and down numerous times per week, maybe even multiple times per day. Every time you use it, you are working all of its components, which may make you wonder how frequently you need to have a garage door tune up.
How Often Should You Get a Garage Door Tune Up?
You should get a garage door tune up on a regular basis. In fact, it is recommended that you get one every six months. The parts work very hard, and the wear and tear on them is not always visible. This means components of your garage door could go bad without any warning. If you have a semi-annual tuneup, it is possible to detect these issues as soon as possible.
Why Should You Get Regular Garage Door Tune Ups?
Preventative maintenance is one of the main reasons why you should consider getting a garage door tune up. During the tune up, a professional examines the hinges, screws and springs, which may become loose or wear out over time. The screening allows them to correct all of the issues.
Regular tune ups can prevent against having to replace the entire door since the hinges may start to damage it. Replacing a simple part or having a tune up can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Regular maintenance of your garage door increases its longevity. Sections of the door may bow or crease with time, especially on the areas where pressure is frequently applied. These areas will eventually weaken over time and require costly repairs or an even more costly door replacement. The tune up ultimately protects your investment.
A tune up can prevent the garage door from crashing down on top of you or someone else, which may include family, friends, or even strangers. Such an incident may seriously injure them, which may lead to a serious lawsuit.
A garage door opener is not just an easy method of opening your garage door. It is in many cases the only way you will be able to open your door once it is installed. As such, if any issues arise such as the opener malfunctioning, you may not be able to open your door at all, automatic or not.
The state and local municipalities may have certain safety requirements implemented to require regular tune ups in order to keep you and your family safe. Further, you may need to meet certain requirements in order to sell your home that may include a tune up.
What Does a Tune Up Consist of?
The inspector will evaluate if any of the components of your garage door (such as bolts) are loose. He will examine the rollers to determine if any wear and tear occurred. They can crack and chip making them dangerous to use, especially if they fail at a time when someone is under them. The garage door technician will check the cables, springs, etc. and lubricate parts as necessary. It is best to have a professional complete the tune up since the cable is under extreme tension, making it dangerous for an untrained person to complete the task.
With routine maintenance to your garage door, you can expect it to have a longevity of anywhere between 10 to 30 years. By making an effort to tune up your garage door, you will be able to better optimize its lifespan.
To learn more about routine garage door maintenance or to schedule a garage door tune up, contact Garage Door Medics today!