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Simple Tips For Maintaining Your Commercial Roll-Up Door

by Phil Lawrence

Being a business owner takes a lot of time and effort. This is especially true when it comes to facility maintenance. If your facility operates a roll-up door in a loading or unloading area, you understand firsthand just how critical it is for the door to be functional. Familiarizing yourself with helpful tips to ensure your door is in good shape is highly beneficial. Here are some tips to help you get started.   

Inspect The Cables

Door cables are a mechanism that help keep the roll-up door secured to the track. Worn or damaged cables could result in the cable snapping and the door falling off the track. Make it a point to inspect the condition of the cables along the sides of the door. You should be looking for signs of wear, such as fraying or tears in the cables. With the door in the closed position, start your inspection at the top of the door at the location where the cables connect to the door; this is the roller bracket.

Open the garage door, and slowly examine the cables as they travel down the door to the floor. Repeat this process on the other side. Should you recognize any damage, stop operating the door immediately and call on a door repair specialist for cable replacement. Cable replacement is a very dangerous repair and should not be attempted on your own. While there is no preset schedule to perform this inspection, a few times a year is a good place to begin.

Perform A Balance Test

If your roll-up door operates with an automatic opener system, you want to periodically test the balance of the door. When your roll-up door isn't balanced, this puts extra wear on the opener system, because it forces it to work to operate the door, which ultimately increases the risk of the opener failing prematurely. To perform the balance test, you first need to disconnect the opener's power source.

Next, manually begin rolling your door up, stopping about half-way. Before releasing the door, make sure you have ample space to step back a couple of feet to ensure your arms and legs are not in the path of the door. Once you release the door, if it stays in place, this means your door is balanced. If the door starts to roll back down, it is not balanced. Just like cable damage, you should not try to balance a door on your own. Balancing the door requires a professional to adjust the torsion springs to realign the door.

In the event your roll-up door begins to malfunction, make sure you are reaching out to a door specialist. Whether it's a simple repair or a complete replacement, a door specialist can help meet your needs.