Commercial Overhead Door Preventive Maintenance Checklist

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    Commercial Overhead Door Preventive Maintenance Checklist

    Having experience with residential garage doors will not equate to the necessary expertise a commercial garage door requires.

    The main difference between a commercial garage door and a residential one is the usage. Residential garage doors make at least 2 cycles per day, while a commercial garage door may make 50 cycles a day.

    This is why durability is very important in this type of garage door.

    If it malfunctions in the middle of the day, it will directly affect the business operations.

    For this reason, the maintenance must be done every month at the least.

    Unlike residential garage doors that can be tuned up once a year and will still work fine.

    However, the maintenance checklists for both are pretty similar.

    The most common types of commercial garage doors are sectional and roll-ups.

    We will cover both types.

    If you would like to perform this, here is a commercial overhead door preventive maintenance checklist for you.

    Follow the safety procedures and proceed with caution.

    Sectional Garage Doors

    Sectional garage doors are best for temperature control.

    These doors also require less maintenance.

    If you have this type of garage door then follow the steps below.

    Inspect the balance of your garage door.

    To do this, close your garage door and disengage from the garage door opener.

    Lift the door halfway and see if it stays there.

    If it slams down or goes all the way up, then your torsion springs may need adjustments.

    If you don’t know how to do this, call an expert.

    Inspect the cables on each side.

    On the sides of your garage door are cables that connect your door to the spring system.

    Check if their taut and under tension and that there are no frays.

    Check also the cable drums for any wear and tear.

    Inspect and clean the tracks.

    Take a close look at your tracks and see if there’s any damage to them.

    While inspecting, run a cloth over it to remove any debris that may block the rollers.

    If you find bent parts on the tracks and think that you can bend them back, then use a mallet or hammer.

    There may also be gaps along the tracks. If this is the case your tracks need adjustment.

    Call us if you don’t know how to do that.

    Inspect and lubricate the springs.

    When your springs get broken, you’ll notice a gap that’s more than 2 inches.

    If this is the case then your springs will need to be replaced.

    If it’s not broken then lubricate it using a dedicated garage door lubricant.

    Inspect, tighten, and lubricate the moving parts.

    If your rollers are plastic then you don’t need to lubricate them.

    Make sure that you get the hinges, bearings, and metal rollers.

    Some of your bolts may have come loose, make sure to tighten them for a smooth operation.

    Inspect and clean safety sensors.

    Safety sensors are located near the floor along the track.

    Check if the lights are on and are not blinking.

    Clean the lens and make sure that they’re aligned.

    After that, test your sensors if they are working properly.

    Inspect the weather stripping and that your garage door is in compliance with the national standards.

    And you’re done! If you found anything that needs immediate repair contact Joaquin Garage Doors in Fresno for assistance.

    We are open 24/7 for your emergency needs.

    Roll-up Garage Doors

    With the interlocking mechanism of the sections in a roll-up garage door, this type provides more security.

    If this is the type of garage door that you have, check the commercial overhead door preventive maintenance checklist below.

    • Inspect and lubricate the springs. Use lubricant that has a long nozzle to reach the springs inside.
    • Inspect and clean the guide rails. Use a cloth that has been sprayed a little with a lubricant. Check if the tracks are aligned too.
    • Test balance. If the door is hard to open or hard to close, adjust the springs.
    • Inspect and lubricate bearings.
    • Insect damage on the weather-stripping.
    • Drop test the door if you have rolling fire doors.
    • Test fire safety sensors installed with your garage door.

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    In Fresno, call Joaquin Garage Doors for your tune-ups.

    We provide installation, replacement, and repairs of all garage door types.

    Call now for more information and make the best decision for your garage door!

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