6 Ways to Prevent Garage Door Problems

6 Ways to Prevent Garage Door Problems

Wed, 24 Feb 2021

When you invest in a new garage door it's likely you'll want to depend on your garage door for the longest time possible. Considering the garage door is a large moving object that is used multiple times daily, you'd be wise to carry out regular maintenance and checks to prevent problems before they arise. Below we suggest six ways you can proactively avoid garage door issues.

1. just listen

The best way to avoid the hassle of a broken-down garage door is to periodically take the time to look over the door and listen to the door in operation. A simple way to do this is to just stay in the garage while the door is closing after you park. Stop, take a breather and listen for anything unusual - it only takes a few seconds and might prevent the need for a repair job in the future.

Listen to the door in operation

2. Process of elimination

It might seem like stating the obvious, but the simplest issue to look for is any physical obstruction in the tracks. It could be a broom handle, hockey stick or simply bits of dirt or sawdust from your latest DIY project.

3. Take a good look

Take a look at the wheels and tracks. Is there a thin coating of grease present? Do the wheels look like they can turn freely (the film of grease should be even all around and have no dry/rusty/dusty spots)? Do the springs look normal and unbroken, with no stretched areas? See more on Dominator garage door care and maintenance here.
If you spot a problem, please do not attempt repairs yourself. The spring unit on a Dominator garage door is under tension at all times and should never be adjusted, except by approved, fully trained Dominator dealers.

Carry out regular performance checks

4. Do a manual test

Perform a manual test by opening and closing the door (if the door has an automatic opener, put it into manual mode before testing the door). The force required to open the door should match the force required to close the door. Check to see whether the door will hold itself in place when partially open. **Stay safe** take care to keep your hands on the door to prevent it from falling.
DO NOT PLACE YOUR FINGERS NEAR ANY MOVING PARTS OR BETWEEN THE DOOR PANELS WHEN THE DOOR IS OPERATING EITHER AUTOMATICALLY OR MANUALLY.

5. Don't ignore minor mishaps

If your door gets bumped by the car, even with no obvious signs of damage, err on the side of caution and call a professional. Even a minor bump could cause misalignment and either the springs or the door will break down much faster.

Even minor mishaps can cause problems later

6. Keep it clean

A garage door will stay in great condition for longer if it is kept clean, just like the paint on your car will look better for longer with regular cleaning. In fact it's a good idea to give your garage door a wash at the same time as you wash your car. Use a cloth or soft brush with plenty of water and keep abrasives to a minimum, use a mild detergent only if necessary.
DO NOT scrub the tracks, wheels or springs.
DO NOT WASH THE AUTOMATIC OPENER, IT WILL VOID THE WARRANTY AND COULD CAUSE ELECTROCUTION.

We recommend that in order to keep your Dominator Garage door and Dominator opener running well, you have them serviced within the first 12 months and then once every 2 years, or earlier if required. An authorised Dominator service technician should carry out all garage door and opener repairs.

With regular care and attention, your Dominator Garage door and Opener will give you many years of reliable operation. Check out our range here!

Regular servicing keeps your warranty valid

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