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Door Maintenance Tips

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Sticky Door Latch

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Inspect the door lock and latch. Turn the knob one way and then the other to see if the latch is sticking.


Spray silicone lubricant into the latch hole and let it sit for about 15 minutes.


Open and close the door handle to make certain the door latch is now free and working properly.


Inspect the latch strike plate to make sure it is not loose or crooked. Sometimes these plates are put on without enough wood being removed from the edge of the door so they can sit flat. This can cause the strike plate to sit too high and the door latch can get stuck or be hard to open.


Remove the latch strike plate with the screwdriver and chisel out a bit more wood, using a wood chisel. Dry-fit the latch strike plate back on until it will sit flat. Retighten the screws down. Try to open and close the door a few times to make sure it works properly.


Sticky Doors

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Inspect the door hinges. Often one or two of the original short screws that came with the hinges have pulled loose. This causes the door to sag and to stick or not close well. Remove the screws with the screwdriver.


Level the door with a helper holding the door for you while you install longer screws. Sometimes when a hinge pulls out, you may have to loosen the hinge on the opposite end of the door and place a small shim behind it. Put the longer screws through the hinge you are working on.


Tighten down any loose hinge screws. Often with time, these screws simply become loose.






Posted on May 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Check any weatherstripping along the sides of the doors. Adjust if it is jamming against the sides, and replace if necessary.


If your garage door is wood and it doesn't have bottom weatherstripping, make sure it has been sealed or painted. Touch up as needed, and consider adding weatherstripping.


Functions of your garage door

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

To ensure your garage door functions properly and quietly, you should lubricate all moving parts every four months. Make sure you spray all the hinges, roller bearings (unsealed style) and springs with a WD40. Also hit the torsion bar bearings,and any other pivot points.

Hinge Maintenance

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Checking your hinges is always recommended during your anual maintenance inspection.

Worn hinges can cause an issue with your door working properly and also a lot of noise. It may also cause the door to bind and wear out the tongue and groove joints at the door sections. Some play at the hinge is normal, but if you see an oblong hole where the tubular hinge pin mates with the hinge bracket, the hinge needs to be replaced. Gray dust and metal filings around the hinge pin are early signs of wear. So be sure to have your professional garage door technician do a thorough inspection of hinges.


Cleaning Your Garage Door

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

* Cleaning your garage door once a year is essential in maintaining the look and value of your home, howvere you want to clean it more than once a year if you live in a salt-air climate. Dilute one cup of detergent in five gallons of warm water, and wash the door with a soft sponge or cloth. Then thoroughly rinse the door with a hose.

* Clean the inside of the garage door the same way with the same cleaning agent, depending on the condition. If relatively clean, use a broom or long handled duster to remove any cobwebs or other debris.

* For Wood Doors, clean the outside of the door by wiping it with a dry, soft cloth. After cleaning, a wood door may also require repainting or staining. Inspect your door once a year or as needed, depending on the finish, quality and climate to determine if it needs to be painted or stained.


Residential Garage Door Maintenance

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

It is ok to maintain your own garage door on a daily basis. But it is highly reccomended to have a professional come about three times per year to do inspections on the door and hardware. The inspections that should be performed are security inspections, proper functioning inspections, and making sure all the seals are in place to prevent rodents from entering garage.

Routine maintenance

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

During a routine maintenance be sure to check your hinges

Worn hinges may also cause an issue with your door working properly.  They can cause a lot of noise and cause the door to bind and wear out the tongue and groove joints at the door sections.  Some play at the hinge is normal, but if you see an oblong hole where the tubular hinge pin mates with the hinge bracket, the hinge needs to be replaced.  Gray dust and metal filings around the hinge pin are early signs of wear.


Common Issues with Electronic Openers

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Here are some of the most common garage door opener problems and their solutions:

·         If the opener raises but won't close the door, the safety beam sensor may be faulty, misaligned, or unplugged.

·         An opener that operates by remote control but not by the wall switch is a sign of a short in the wiring or a loose connection at the switch.

·         A remote control that doesn't work may be something as simple as a weak or dead batteries, an antenna wire on the opener that isn't properly exposed, or a dead transmitter.

·         If the opener is operating but the door doesn't open, the problem may be due to a worn gear or chain-drive sprocket, a broken chain, or the door disengaging from the operator.

·         A faulty transmitter, a short in the wall switch, a faulty circuit board, or a stray signal (which is very rare) can cause an opener to operate by itself.

·         If the remote control only operates the door when it's located 25 feet or less from the opener, the battery in the remote is weak or the signal is poor.

·         A door that reverses while closing or that doesn't completely open or close is usually obstructed or binding. This condition can also be caused when the open limit or sensitivity is set wrong.

·         A straining opener usually occurs when safety reversing is activated or the close limit is set improperly.


Is it time to replace your garage door opener?

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Garage door openers are fairly simple mechanisms that tend to last a long time. Even if yours is still working fine, there are good reasons to consider replacing it. Newer models offer increased safety, security and convenience.

Here are some of the primary reasons why you might want to install a new garage door opener.

 Since 1993 garage door openers have been required to be equipped with a safety reversing mechanism. This feature utilizes two sensors about six to eighteen inches above floor level on both sides of the door. When any object, such as a child or pet, runs through the light beam created by these sensors while the door is closing, the door immediately stops and reverses.

If your garage door opener does not have a safety reversing feature, or if the one it does have is no longer working, replacing the opener is highly recommended.

Noise Control

Does your garage door opener wake people up or otherwise disrupt the household because it makes so much noise? If so, a new opener will almost certainly be quieter.

The original style of garage door opener opened and closed with a chain drive. If you can see something that looks like a bicycle chain near the motor unit of your opener, consider replacing it with a screw drive or belt drive garage door opener. Even a newer model chain drive unit will likely be quieter than an older model.


Older garage door openers were vulnerable to thieves. Because their remote controls functioned with a fixed code, someone with a special device could sit outside your house and find the code, allowing them to open the garage door.

New garage door openers have a “rolling code” feature, which changes the code every time the unit is used. Bad guys can no longer duplicate the code and get into your garage uninvited.

No Keys

Older garage door openers did not offer keypads that could be mounted outside the garage. This handy feature allows you to enter a code into the keypad that will open the garage door. No keys required.

You may be able to buy a keypad to install with your existing garage door opener. If not, though, this might be a good reason to upgrade. Newer keypad units even eliminate the need to remember a code. They operate by touch, using fingerprint detection to open the door.

Battery Backup

One of the big inconveniences of a power outage is often the inability to operate the garage door opener. Garage door openers are now available with battery backup systems that will kick in automatically when you lose electrical power.


Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously consider a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.

Does your opener need to be replaced?  Call All Star Doors Inc at 631-758-7472.