We’re accustomed to instant gratification these days, so when you push the garage door opener remote and the door takes eons to open, it can be incredibly frustrating. Whether you’re in a hurry or just want to get out the door before your next birthday, slow garage doors in Rancho Cordova, CA are a pain.
Luckily, there are a few quick fixes you can try on your own. If those fail, the help of garage door professionals like Action Door Service can restore your door to like-new condition.
Here’s what to try if you’re dealing with a slow garage door:
- Check to see if you have a speed dial: If your garage door opener was installed within the last decade, it may have a speed dial. Some openers have an option to speed up or slow down how quickly the door opens, so if you have one, it might be set too low. Try adjusting the settings to see if that takes care of the problem. If so, that’s all you need to do—aside from scheduling yearly maintenance and service with garage door professionals.
- Try lubricating the moving parts: Did you know that you should be lubricating the moving parts on your garage door system every three months? (If you didn’t—or you’re just not keeping up with it—you’re not alone.) Most garage door owners fail to properly lubricate the mechanical parts of their garage doors, whether it’s because they didn’t know they needed to or it simply isn’t a priority in their busy lives. However, lubrication is key to smooth operation. When the pulleys, tracks, springs and other working parts aren’t greased properly, they grind together, making it slow to open. Take the time to lubricate all the moving parts with a silicone spray. Check the owner’s manual to see tips for your specific door and manufacturer.
- Look for problems: If the first two tips didn’t get your garage door opener moving faster, take a look at the opening system. First, check the tracks to see if they’ve come loose. Over time, the vibrations from opening can jostle screws loose. Tighten them if this appears to be the case. Next, look for dents, flaws and dings in the tracks itself—if they’re deep enough, they can interfere with the door opening. Sometimes this can be fixed by pounding the dents out or simply replacing the tracks. Finally, look at the springs and pulleys to see if they appear to be in good working order. If you notice any problems, however, call a professional right away—garage door repair can be dangerous or even deadly in unskilled hands.
If you’ve tried all of these tips and still can’t figure out why you have a slow-opening garage door in Rancho Cordova, CA, it’s time to call a professional for assistance. Action Door Service can come to your home or business and fix the problem safely, easily and affordably. When you need help getting your garage door to operate properly, call us right away.