A poorly maintained garage door is going to shorten the life of the garage door opener faster than anything else. The springs on the garage door are engineered to do most of the lifting of the door not the operator. The garage door opener basically is used to put the door in motion so if the springs aren't doing their job then the operator is going to be doing more than it was designed to do. And with a poorly balanced door the garage door opener is going to wear out much faster and parts in the opener are going to need to be replaced much sooner.
Here are two quick tips to help you keep your door in shape and to help extend the life of your operator. And just a reminder: if you are not comfortable or you are unable to do service to your garage door then call your local service company and have them do the preventative maintenance for you.
- Check The Balance: a properly balanced door will reduce a lot of the strain on the opener. You'll need to pull the red disconnect cord on the trolley (do this while the door is in the closed position). This will release the trolley so the door can be opened and closed manually. You should be able to lift the door half way and it will stay there. If the door slams back to the floor then spring tension needs to be added and if the door flies open then the spring tension needs to be reduced. CAUTION: IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO ADJUST THE SPRINGS PROPERLY THEN CALL A PROFESSIONAL....the springs can be very dangerous and cause injury.
- Lube The Door: lubrication of the moving parts on the door will make the door work smoother. Lubricate the hinges, rollers, springs and pulleys (if your door has pulleys). Use a chain & cable fluid or silicone based lubricant...don't use WD40, this will get tacky & attract dirt. Also spray some lubricant on the opener chain (if your opener has a chain). If you have a belt opener don't spray anything on it.