Take Care Of Your Chain Drive Garage Door Opener With These Helpful Tips


Chain-driven garage door openers are a common sight in most garages. While these units are designed with long service lives in mind, proper maintenance and upkeep remains the major key in helping one last for years on end. The following offers several tips that can help you keep your garage door opener in great shape in the years to come.

Tighten Your Hardware and Minimize Vibrations

One of the drawbacks of using a chain-driven garage door opener is the vibration it often generates during operation. Given enough time and usage, these vibrations can cause various nuts and bolts holding the garage door opener in place to work themselves loose. Preventing this from happening requires a two-pronged approach:

  • Every so often, you should make sure that all of the nuts, bolts and screws holding your garage door opener in place are sufficiently snug. Any loose hardware pieces should be tightened using a screwdriver, ratchet or adjustable wrench.
  • Consider isolating your garage door opener's hardware from excess vibrations by placing rubber anti-vibration pads between the mounting brackets and the garage structure. You can also use rubber washers to prevent vibrations from being transmitted through the bolts, keeping them firmly in place without any danger of backing out.

These steps will not only prevent your garage door opener's mounting hardware from coming undone during operation, but they'll also help suppress much of the noise generated through hardware vibrations.

Don't Cut Your Chain Too Much Slack

Chain stretch is another common issue that occurs with chain-driven garage door openers, but the chain itself doesn't actually "stretch." What usually happens is that the hinge pins and sleeves holding the chain together wear down, causing the chain to become "slack" as tension decreases due to the wear. This usually occurs over the course of several years and you might not notice it happening until you discover one day that the garage door isn't opening up all the way. Slack caused by excess wear can also cause your garage door to close harder than usual.

Taking the slack out of your garage door opener's chain drive is usually a matter of locating the threaded shaft on the carriage assembly. Start by loosening the inner nut and then tighten the outer nut until the chain is taut. However, you don't want to overtighten the chain, as that could cause the chain rollers to wear out prematurely.

Pay Attention to the Garage Door Opener Light

From a maintenance standpoint, the garage door light is one of most commonly ignored parts of your chain-driven garage door opener. Over time, dirt and debris can build up on the cover, slowly cutting the amount of light that comes through the cover. It's always a good idea to not only remove and clean the cover, but also clean the area around the light bulb while the cover is off.

In addition, you should also make it a habit of replacing the light bulb on a yearly basis, unless you're using a LED light as an energy-efficient replacement. If that's the case, then you should follow your LED light manufacturer's recommendations in regards to longevity and replacement.

Never Forget to Lubricate

Lubrication is one of the most important maintenance tasks for a chain-driven garage door opener, but it's also one that's easily ignored or simply put off for various reasons. A lack of lubrication can lead to metal-on-metal contact, increased friction and resulting premature wear and tear.

Using ordinary grease and spray lubricants can draw dirt and grime into the chain, resulting in premature wear and tear over time. Instead, it's best to use a WD-40 or another type of light penetrating oil. Make sure to wipe up any excess oil with a clean cloth.

For more ideas on your garage door opener visit a site like http://raynordoor.com/ and/or talk to a professional. 


13 February 2017

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