The garage door is one of the most neglected outdoor fixtures in commercial buildings. Many people forget that the door needs regular maintenance until they are going down the costly road repairs. A faulty commercial garage door can compromise your security if it is not fixed promptly. Luckily, it is possible to avoid sudden garage door breakdowns and ensure reliable operation by undertaking regular tune-ups. Read on to find out more about them and how they can benefit and save you money in the long run.

What does a tune-up entail?

A garage door tune-up is an inspection that's aimed to identify any faulty components of the garage door and ensure that it is working efficiently. During a tune-up, the following inspections may be carried out:

  • Checking the garage components for signs of wear and tear.
  • Inspecting the body for any bumps, dents, and dings as a result of impact with vehicles or other heavy objects.
  • Inspecting all the moving parts for proper lubrication.
  • Observing the movement of the door during operation to ensure it's not dragging.
  • Listening for any unfamiliar noises that could indicate a mechanical defect.
  • Testing all smart features such as motion sensors and remote control devices to ensure they are working properly.
  • Assessing the energy consumption of the garage door to ensure it is not drawn in more energy than it should.

Once the garage door and its components have been inspected, the necessary repairs or replacements are carried out on any defective and worn components. Also, maintenance measures such as cleaning the garage door components, applying lubrication and replacing weather stripping may also be carried out to improve the efficiency of the garage.

How often should you have tune-ups?

Garage door tune-ups should be part of your maintenance schedule. Some people undertake tune-ups once every year; however, if the garage door experiences heavy traffic, you can choose to have more than one or two in a year. Also, new garage doors tend to have greater resilience to wear as compared to older ones; therefore, consider regular tune-ups for an older garage door to avoid sudden breakdowns.

Can you perform the tune-ups yourself?

It is possible to undertake DIY tune-ups on your garage door. However, you may not have the professional keenness to identify minor faults. Also, in case of any repairs, you will still have to call in a professional. For this reason, professional assistance is recommended for the best results. This will not only give you a peace of mind, but also ensure that you get the best diagnosis for any defective parts or components for proper repairs.

Commercial garage doors are essential fixtures that should be properly maintained to ensure their reliability and performance. Hire a garage door contractor to carry out regular tune-ups so that you can  avoid costly repairs and keep the door working efficiently.