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How to Maintain Your Garage Door

It’s been a long winter, and it’s time to start thinking about spring-time maintenance for your garage door. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your doors in shape not just once a year, but year-round!

Visual Inspection – Take a good hard look at all the different parts of your garage door. Make sure the door is closed and carefully look over the springs, hinges, rollers, etc. thoroughly. If you notice any wear-and-tear, replace the parts immediately. Often these fixes are simple and DIY. For more serious issues, make sure to contact a trained service technician at Johnson & Johnson Overhead Doors .

Squeaky Doors – After awhile you may notice your door squeaks when it opens and closes. Lubricate joints, hinges, rollers, pulleys on extension-spring openers and bearings on torsion-spring openers with something like WD-40. Wipe away any rust that may have built up as well. Wipe clean and then apply a light oil. If your door continues to squeak, it may be the sign of a larger problem. Contact a trained service technician at Johnson & Johnson Overhead Doors to check things out.

Door Balance – Test to see if you can manually open your garage door by first closing the door, and disconnecting the automatic opener. Then try opening it manually. The doors should lift relatively easily and smoothly and stay open. If the door doesn’t stay open, or is difficult to lift, your door may be out of alignment and need servicing.

Reversing Mechanism Test – Your door should have an automatic reversing mechanism. If it does not, Johnson & Johnson Overhead Doors highly recommends replacing your door opener for your safety and others’. The reversing mechanism is a great safety feature that helps keep objects, peoples, pets, etc. from accidentally being closed upon and crushed.

Test by placing an object (like a roll of paper towels) where the door closes. Close the doors by using your wall button or transmitter. When the door touches the object, it should detect it’s resistance and automatically reverse. If the door does not automatically reverse, a certified technician from Johnson & Johnson Overhead Doors should service your door immediately.

Photo Eye Test - Your door should have a photo eye that triggers the automatic reversing mechanism if an object gets in the way. If it does not, Johnson & Johnson Overhead Doors highly recommends replacing your door opener for your safety and others’.

To test this feature, first make sure your garage door is open. Close the door by using your wall button or transmitter. Then take an object with a long handle (i.e. broom, shovel, etc.) and wave it in the path of the photo eye’s laser beam. Make sure the object breaks the laser beam; the door should automatically reverse its course. If you find that this does not happen, first try gently cleaning the eye with a soft cloth and check the alignment to make sure the eyes are lining up properly. If the test fails again, a certified technician from Johnson & Johnson Overhead Doors should service your door immediately.

Dirty Doors – Keep your house looking tidy and clean by washing the outside of your garage doors. Use water and a gentle soap (depending on what your door is constructed from), and carefully wipe down the door with a soft brush. If your door is painted, don’t scrub too hard to avoid damaging the paint.

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