• Wash your steel garage door with the same product you look after your car a couple of times a year this helps to reduce it fading in the sun. If you have a wood grain finish do not use a cream polish that will dry in the dimples
  • Take the time to watch and listen to your garage door when it is opening and closing then if there is a change in the action or sound of the door you will notice it. If it goes slower than normal do the manual test below and get this repaired as it will be wearing out your door opener at a very rapid rate.
  • Check when the door gets to the end of its travel in both directions that it stops without any force from the opener
  • Pull the release, and open the door a couple of times a year manually this should be easy to lift and pull down again and be able to stop in nearly any position with out falling or rising. Think of it as if the power is out an elderly person should still be able to open the door to get her car out
  • SIMPLE MANUAL TEST (sectional door) Pull the rope and release the door so you can move it manually - Open the sectional door till the bottom of the door is at about knee height and let the door go - The door should stay where it is - if it falls to the ground it needs servicing Imediatly - do not let it drop with a slam as this could damage the door. Failure to do this servicing work will result in excess wear and premature failure of the opener and the probeilaty that your door will fail at the worst possibile time (just when going on holiday or out) Due to it being out of adjustment and it will likly jamb in the half open postion and will not be able to be moved. One of the ropes that lift the door is likly to come off when the door is open and will cause a catistofic failur on the way down agian compleaty Jambing the door usally half closed (to re engadge the door ensure the lever that the rope is tied to is pionting at the back wall and move the door back to the torpedo looking peice in the chain and it will lock it into the step in the torpedo)
  • Do not use grease or any automotive type oils on any part of your Sectional doors this is good for a short time till it gathers more and more dust and becomes so thick it will not allow the door to move freely and eventually stopping the door all together. Do not oil or grease the tracks the door has wheels not slides and the wheels need to roll in the tracks.
  • On A roller door Oil can have the affect of swelling roller door slides (on Older style doors) and can also gather dust over time and become very thick and sticky (on more modern style Doors) stopping the door from working and often this is impossible to get this oil out of the slide material ever again NEVER use oil or grease on roller door tracks

What NOT to do to your garage door If It playing up

If Your Door is Playing UP

Do Not Keep pressing the button if something goes wrong with the door opening process

Do Not oil and Grease everything especially not in the tracks

Do Not oil the pipe beside the chain on the opener

Do Not attempt to fix the effect -There is always a Coarse and effect

Do Not turn up the motor force up without working out why You need to

If it looks like the door opener is playing up, it is probably the door that is at fault

Do Not pull the door opener to bits – DANGER there is a capacitor in there that could hold a massive charge for weeks  

Do Not think I will get that fixed one day – It is doing damage to the opener

Do Not use the door opener with broken springs on the door

Do Not put odd springs on tilt doors

Do Not use the door opener with broken springs

And the worst of all from years of experience

DO NOT get mates or relations to fix the door – Generally they will make it work for all the wrong reasons and it usually costs much more in the long term