Panel/Sectional Door Service Tips
Macquarie Garage Doors highly recommends all Panel Doors be serviced every 18-24 months, based on your average usage rate. The service includes ensuring the door tension is correct, the door is aligned properly, the motor settings are all correct, the door parts are fully lubricated, and the safety reversal system is working as per Australian Standard.
In between services, there are a few minor things you can do to ensure smooth operation and longevity of your door.
Every couple of months, use a silicone spray on all hinges, wheels, and along the garage door opener rail.
Garage Door Opener Auto-Reverse Safety Test
Place a block of timber approx 45mm thick flat on the ground underneath where the panel door would close. Stand back away from the panel door and operate it via remote. The panel door should get to the block of timber and auto-reverse within 0.75 seconds. Should the door not auto-reverse in this time you will need one of our experienced technicians to complete a panel door service.
If your panel door is manually operated all the time with no automatic garage door opener installed, simply manually operate the door to approximately halfway up. If the door tension is correct the door should sit in this position by itself without falling down to the ground. Should it fall to the ground or spring up open you will need to arrange a technician to service this door.
Each panel door has lifting cables. These are steel cables that run from the bottom of the door up the outside of the trackwork on the sides. These cables commonly snap due to the high tension they are under and the heavy workload that they endure. Check for fraying of this cable and should you see any fraying it is best to have the cable instantly replaced to save the cable snapping and your door facing downtime.
We recommended using a spray adhesive grease to lubricate the panel door springs. This is better than thick grease as in the warmer months of the year the grease melts down and can drip onto cars and belongings.
DO NOT EVER ATTEMPT TO ADJUST THE SPRING TENSION.
If it’s time to book your panel door service, or you need to organise a repair, please get in touch with us today.