How to service a sectional garage door

If you’re like most Australians who drive regularly, it’s likely that your garage door moves up and down at least once a day. Just like any other motorised device or product, sectional garage doors( require regular servicing and maintenance to ensure they work at full capacity. Generally, if your garage door is used at least once daily, you should aim to have it serviced at least once a year.

If you fail to keep your garage door properly maintained, the springs and motors inside the door can cease to function properly and may become dangerous. For this reason, it’s important to know how to properly service sectional doors and keep them in great condition.

Keep an eye and ear out for spring or motor damage

Often, you can identify problems with roller doors by listening to and watching their movements. A sectional door in good condition should move smoothly and quietly up and down. If your garage door is making scraping sounds or moving erratically, it’s time to have your door serviced.

Check your garage door’s hardware

If you notice issues with your garage door’s movement, the first step is to check the hardware such as roller brackets and bolts. Ensure the tracks on both sides are free from rust and grime and tighten up any loose bolts with a socket wrench.

Lubricate any moving parts

One useful tip to prolong the longevity of your garage door is to keep all moving parts well lubricated. Spray lubricants can be used to maintain the door’s overhead springs, rollers and hinges.

Look for necessary adjustments

Sectional garage doors use springs that naturally lose tension over time. If your garage door is not balanced properly, it will reduce its longevity as it will have to work harder to move up and down. Test your door’s balance by pulling the release handle and manually moving the door half-way up. If it doesn’t stay in place, the door’s springs aren’t functioning properly. If one spring breaks, you should have both springs replaced to ensure the door remains balanced. Sesame Garage Doors( provide a reliable repair service and can help with replacing garage door springs or any other issues you may face.

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