Garage door openers have played an important role in our daily lives, since they are widely used to raise and lower the threshold of the garage so we can access our cars indoors when we are not at home. However, like all mechanical devices, garage door openers require periodic maintenance in order to keep working properly and safely. If this maintenance is not done correctly, there can be serious consequences, such as malfunctioning of the garage door opener, or even worse – the opening of the door by mistake due to faulty installation. Here are some tips for your regular maintenance of the garage door opener:
* Make sure that you adjust all the safety features of the garage door opener to ensure maximum safety while opening and closing. Most garage openers have five or more safety features, and in order to fully take advantage of all these features, make sure you adjust all the settings to their maximum level. Also, keep a look out for any unusual wear and tear on any of the safety features. It is dangerous to operate these openers without regularly checking the safety features.
* Trolley brushes – The trolley brush is part of the garage door opener system and is designed to reduce noise and vibration. If there is something obstructing the smooth running of the brush, it may stop the motor or cause unnecessary damage to the motor. If the trolley brush becomes damaged, replace it with a new one. Similarly, the pulley system of the motor needs to be checked regularly. If there are any looseness, or if you feel there is something wrong with the motor arrangement, there can be serious problems and should be fixed immediately.
* Accent Doors and Shutters – The operation of most garage door openers and shutters are controlled by an electric motor. Some of them use pressure or muscle power to lift or lower the curtain or shutter. If you have any question about the working of your system, check with the manufacturer. You should also check that all the cables are in good shape and have no damage. If there are any loose cables, replace them immediately.
* Light Fixtures – Most garage doors openers and shutters run on regular 12-V household current (CDW). However, if your system is using an older style of light bulb, change it to the latest halogen style. Also check that the batteries in your light fixtures are not too old, as this can cause malfunctions. Garage doors and shutters are operated by sensors that detect whether there is some obstruction in the path. If the sensors cannot detect anything, they will not function.
When buying a garage door opener, you have to check what engine power it needs to operate properly. Different types of garage door openers have different horsepower. To help you in determining the right one for your car port gate, you can consult different types of websites and online user forums.