Your garage door system is designed to be convenient, letting you quickly leave and enter the garage each day. But if the garage door speed is too slow, you might be wasting time. With most residential garage doors taking between 12 and 15 seconds to open and close, if your garage door opens more slowly, there might be an issue that needs to be addressed. The following steps can help you to identify the issue and get your door moving quickly again.
Change the Door Speed Setting
While there are different types of garage door openers, most of them have multiple speed settings, and they’re usually preset to the slowest speed. Your overhead door’s speed settings are often located inside of the opening mechanism’s housing.
Your owner’s manual should provide information on how to access and check the door’s speed settings. In some cases, just changing the setting to a high speed option will speed up your garage door.
Focus on Maintenance
Proper maintenance and lubrication also plays an important role in your garage door’s speed. You’ll need to regularly lubricate the tracks, hinges, and rollers to keep the door moving smoothly. If those elements start to get too dry, the door can stick as it moves. In that case, you might not only have a slow-moving door, but also a door that moves irregularly and that could even get stuck.
To lubricate the system, start by applying penetrating oil to the hinge seams. You’ll only need a little bit of oil, and you should apply it to the top of the seams so it works its way down into the seams.
You’ll need to also apply oil to the roller mount brackets and roller pin seams, mounted on the door. Do the same to the track, but don’t apply oil to the track if your door has nylon rollers.
You’ll need a ladder for the process, and it’s important to make sure that you lubricate both sides of the door and track system. Once you’ve applied the oil, open and close the door a few times to help spread the oil out. Keep a rag available so you can wipe up any spills, and remove any excess oil from the garage door.
Call a Professional
Adjusting your door’s speed settings and ensuring the track system is lubricated may help to fix a slow door, but if it doesn’t, then it’s time to consult a professional, like Thompson Garage Doors & Building Supply. We can thoroughly examine and service your garage door, including checking the springs and pulleys to see if there’s another reason why your door is opening slowly. We can adjust and balance the door for the best performance. This regular maintenance and troubleshooting is an important part of keeping your door opening and closing smoothly.
Upgrade Your Garage Door
If your door is older, it might be time for a replacement. With a new garage door opener and a new garage door, you’ll not only enjoy increased horsepower and a ultra-quiet motor, but you’ll also have the peace of mind, knowing that your door has modern enhancements for performance and reliability. From a battery backup to an enhanced drive system, a new door can be an excellent investment in your home.
If you’re not sure where to start, let us help you. We offer a wide selection of both commercial and residential garage doors in a variety of styles, including contemporary, insulated, and custom-designed doors. They offer quiet operation, come with a variety of wall console and keypad options, and are designed to look beautiful once installed. We work with homeowners and business owners to help you find the best solution for your needs. Whether you’re looking to buy a new door, need a custom option to fit into a specific garage door opening, or need maintenance and repair services, come visit our showroom today or reach out to talk to one of our door specialists.