​Garage and Overhead Door Maintenance

NationServe's basic door maintenance includes balancing, tuning, and lubricating your garage or overhead door and its opener. An initial inspection will help us determine if any parts are worn or damaged and, based on that, our team will present you with a quote for the parts or services needed.

Scheduling annual tune-ups will prevent any surprises and ensure you receive quick, reliable, and most of all, affordable maintenance services.

Monthly Garage Door Maintenance Checklists

Want to know if your garage door needs maintenance or requires repairs? Here's where to start.

  1. Stand inside your garage with the door closed.
  2. Look over your door's springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and mounting hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage.
  3. If something doesn’t look quite right – or doesn’t sound quite right – it could be the sign of a more serious issue.

DIY: Do It Yourself Maintenance Tips

Help your door live up to its lifetime potential by frequently checking on its parts.

Disclaimer: The simplest and safest solution to any garage door problem is to call us and book a service call with one of our certified technicians. Our DIY maintenance tips should be performed at your own risk, and shouldn't be attempted without the necessary tools and proper safety attire. To learn more about lubricating your garage door and its parts, visit our Troubleshooting page.

  • Inspect and lubricate (Garage Door Spray Lube or a citrus-based solvent) your door's rails and axles and make sure the axles are tight and secure.
  • Lubricate your door's hinges, springs, and rollers with garage door spray lube.
  • Wipe everything clean and then apply light oil to the same parts. Using a soft cloth, wipe down the outside of the door with a household detergent diluted with water.
  • Keep wooden doors painted inside and out and caulk any cracks or gaps. Consider adding weather stripping if your garage door doesn't already have it.
  • Check the weather sealant at the bottom of your door. If it's cracked or broken, it's time to replace it.
  • If your garage door opener is operated by a chain or drive screw, apply lubricant to its full length. Make sure to wipe off any excess lubricant.
  • Rust is a major enemy for any garage door, and yearly maintenance can help keep it away. Make garage door maintenance an annual project. Spring or fall is a great time for garage door maintenance.

Door Balance Test

Learn how to test your door's balance on our Troubleshooting page.

Reversing Mechanism and Sensor Test

Garage Door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to be equipped with an anti-entrapment device and safety sensor beams. If your system doesn't have these features, we strongly recommend you replace your operating system immediately.

Here's how to test your door's anti-entrapment features:

  1. With the door fully open, lay a piece of wood (e.g., a section of a 2x4) on the floor where the door would typically touch the floor when it closes.
  2. Next, push your garage door opener's transmitter to close the door.
  3. When the door strikes the wood, it should automatically reverse.
  4. If your door doesn't automatically reverse, it's time to call one of our trained service technicians.

Here's how to test your door's sensor eyes:

  1. Begin with your door in the fully open position, and press your garage door opener's transmitter to close the door.
  2. Run your foot or an object like a broom through the sensor beam.
  3. If the door doesn't stop and reverse, make sure the door is in the closed position and clean the sensor eyes with a soft, dry cloth.
  4. Gently adjust the sensor eyes by hand if they appear out of alignment.
  5. Open the door and repeat the sensor test.
  6. If your door doesn't automatically reverse, it's time to call one of our trained service technicians.

Safety

To avoid injury, it's best to let everyone in your home know that you're working on the garage door and that it shouldn't be opened or closed until you let them know that you're finished.

There are many moving parts on your garage door, so it's best to leave maintenance to the experts. Contact your local NationServe location today.

Learn more about Safety.

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