2 Ways To Improve Your Garage Door Cycle Speed

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Just like your plumbing system or central air, you use your garage door on a daily basis. However, similarly to other homeowners, chances are you haven't thought about maintaining it on a regular basis. In such a case, you'll experience a cycling process that lifts or closes your door at a snail's pace. Instead of waiting for your garage door to finish cycling before beginning your morning commute (and getting stuck at that one red light that seems to last forever), quicken its speed by performing or arranging for these two maintenance tasks:

Adjust or Replace Your Torsion Springs

Contrary to what you may believe, your automatic opener or bicep isn't capable of lifting the entire weight of your garage door. Instead, the task of lifting the majority of your door's weight is left to your torsion springs and counterbalance system.

When you begin opening your door (either manually or automatically), you or your opener must lift your door a certain distance before the torsion provided by your springs and counterbalance system takes over the cycling process. However, after several thousands of cycles (typically between 15,000 to 20,000) your torsion springs will lose most of their elasticity and become unable to produce the torsion required to cycle your door. As a result, your door will require more effort on the part of either you or your opener before your springs begin their cycling process. Additionally, once your springs begin cycling, the process will slow to a crawl.

However, if you don't believe you've cycled your door 15,000-20,000 times since your springs were installed, then your springs may simply need an adjustment. By tightening the winding cones on each of your springs, your professional garage door technician from a company like America's Garage Doors LLC can have your springs working like new in under an hour.

Maintain Your Rollers

Your rollers will collect the debris that settles in your guide tracks each time your door cycles. When enough debris collects on your rollers, their internal bearings can become seized and slow the rate at which your door cycles.

Luckily, if you're fairly handy, you can clean your seized rollers and allow them to function efficiently once again. To do so, disconnect your garage door opener and partially open your door. Place locking vice grips under the top roller on each side of your door assembly to secure your door. Locate your seized or dirty roller and use a pair of pliers to pry open the section of track just above it.

Use a ratchet and socket to disconnect the hinge that connects to your roller. Remove your roller by pulling it through the opened section of track. If necessary, place a flat screwdriver between the wall of the track and your roller to pry it out from the track's channel.

Once your roller is separated from your assembly, you can clean it by blasting it's bearing cage with an air compressor or gas duster. However, if stubborn debris is caught inside the bearings, then soak the bearings in a degreaser for a few minutes. Once the stubborn debris has softened, wipe it away with a shop rag or cloth. Lubricate the roller with either lithium or silicone lubricant before reinstalling it back into your door assembly.

However, not all rollers can be cleaned. If your rollers are plastic and have no exposed bearing cage, then they should be replaced with a set of universal garage door rollers available at your local home improvement or hardware store.

By having your springs adjusted or replaced and maintaining your rollers, you will allow your garage door to cycle as fast and efficiently as it did upon installation. If you have problems cleaning or lubricating your rollers, or if you believe you need a spring adjustment, then contact your local garage door technician immediately—it may just save you from receiving that final warning for a late clock-in at work.

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22 January 2015

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