How Scheduled Maintenance Can Save Your Garage
When you invest in a quality residential garage door or commercial overhead door, you can’t just have it installed and forget about it. To be a responsible garage door owner, you need to schedule regular safety inspections and tune-ups with a certified garage door professional to make sure your door is operating safely and efficiently. Although it may seem like an unnecessary hassle now, planned garage door maintenance saves you money and time down the road by keeping your garage door in mint condition even as it ages.
At NationServe, we recommend having your garage door serviced at least once a year and taking the time to perform basic maintenance tasks yourself on a quarterly basis.
The Top 5 Benefits of Planned Maintenance
Here are some of the reasons why you should build periodic garage door tune-ups into your busy schedule:
1. It saves you money in the long run
Routine maintenance performed by garage door professionals makes it possible for small problems to be identified and fixed before they turn into bigger issues that are difficult and costly to repair. For instance, a NationServe technician will be able to catch a door that’s out of alignment before the track bends and has to be completely replaced.
2. It keeps your household and/or business safe and secure
A garage door professional will look for safety hazards that need to be addressed immediately, including problems with the door’s balance and alignment, torsion springs and auto-reverse safety features. These types of problems sometimes go undetected until a catastrophe occurs. Planned maintenance also allows technicians to look for problems with the garage door and its opener that may be preventing it from locking securely. Since the garage is a major entrance to your home or business, you want to make sure all of the security features on your garage door are working properly.
3. It extends the lifespan of your garage door
A high-calibre garage door can last upwards of 20 years if it’s well maintained, and a chain- or belt-drive opener that’s well taken care of can stay operational for 15 years or more. In other words, with the right maintenance (and occasional repair and part replacement), you garage door may last for as long as you live in your home or operate your business. Taking the time to keep your door in good shape now will save you the trouble (and cost) of having to replace it long before you should have to.
4. It adds value to your home
Planned maintenance also pays off when it’s time to sell your house. For potential buyers, the garage door is a key feature to consider when looking at a property. A garage door that’s kept in stellar condition adds to your home’s curb appeal and overall worth on the real estate market.
5. You’ll learn more about how your garage door works
When performing inspections and adjustments, garage door technicians will walk you through the basics of how garage doors work and give you tips on how to keep yours in tip-top shape. They’ll explain how to take care of your garage door in between scheduled maintenance and what to keep an eye and ear out for in terms of problems that require professional help.
Planned Maintenance: What to Expect from NationServe
When you schedule an appointment for preventive maintenance with NationServe, one of our technicians will perform a 15-point safety inspection on your garage door and a 12-point safety inspection on your garage door opener. After the inspections, they’ll tighten, replace, or adjust bolts, nuts, pulleys, rollers, and cables.
During the service visit, they’ll follow through on a checklist of tasks designed to bring your garage door up to the NationServe standard and identify if major repairs are needed. These tasks include:
- Adjusting and lubricating the moving components of your door, such as nuts, bolts, pulleys, rollers, cables, and torsion springs
- Checking the weather stripping for wear and damage
- Testing and adjusting the door’s balance
- Inspecting electrical components of the opener like the remotes and radio receivers
- Testing the door’s electronic safety features, including its anti-entrapment features and safety sensor beams
At the end of the appointment, the technician will go over the checklist with you and provide an update on the condition of your door. They’ll also let you know if there are issues that require further attention.
For Maintenance you can Trust, Contact America’s Garage Door Specialists
At NationServe, we’re committed to helping our customers enjoy their garage doors for as many years as possible. Our technicians are professionally certified and well versed in all aspects of installing and servicing all makes and models of garage doors and openers. Contact one of our teams in Charlotte, Colorado Springs, or any of our 18 locations across the country.