With a population of just over 3,600, Berwyn is one of the smaller communities in Philadelphia. But it's still rich in history, and is the location of the oldest community theater on the Philadelphia Main Line – the Footlighter's Theater. A big part of why the 80 year old theater is still standing is because of the regular care and maintenance it receives on an ongoing basis. While your garage door isn't the Footlighter, it still needs regular care if you want to keep it working properly. Nothing's more annoying or frustrating than a garage door that won't work, and maintenance helps prevent that nasty surprise from happening to you.
There are a number of steps your garage door repairman will make when he arrives for routine maintenance. Here are some of the most common ones.
• Spring Adjustment – The torsion spring above your garage door is one of the main things they'll focus on. This spring needs to be set at just the right level of tension to reduce strain on your opener and make sure the door works correctly. It's one of the first things a repairman will do during a maintenance visit.
• Opener Inspection – Your garage door opener has numerous moving parts and sensors within it. During a maintenance call, the repairman will lubricate any parts that need it, check belts or chains for weak points, and adjust any sensors that may be faltering.
• Rail Inspection – The rails of your garage door system must be straight and aligned in order to operate correctly. Minor warps or bends can cause major problems. During a maintenance visit these rails will be checked to make sure that your door is working free of resistance.
• Sensors – There are sensors near the base of each rail that are designed to keep the door from closing on a person or item in its way. These sensors must be working properly and aligned properly in order to provide maximum performance. The maintenance process will include a check and adjustment of these sensors.
Maintenance takes just a short time and is relatively inexpensive. Compared to the higher cost, longer time investment, and larger hassles a repair will bring, maintenance is a good investment that is well worth making. Your garage door is designed to last for years, and with just a small bit of TLC from you it will do just that and keep working the way you need it to.