How to Speed Up a Slow Opening Garage Door

Garage doors open so smoothly they feel as light as a feather. It’s easy to forget this is a highly complicated mechanical device that weighs hundreds of pounds. And considering most families uses their garages 3 or 4 times per day, that’s easily 1,000 times over the course of a year. After a few years, the garage door will start to wear out. It will run slower than usual, perhaps noisier than it once did. The good news is there is plenty of preventative maintenance and repairs you can do to your garage door that will have it running smoother and even extend its lifespan. Here’s how to speed up a slow moving garage door for better performing longevity overtime.

How Long Should Your Garage Door Take to Open and Close?

Most residential garage doors should open and close anywhere from 12 to 15 seconds. And that’s a full cycle. Take a stopwatch and time your door. If a full cycle takes longer than 20 seconds, there are likely maintenance issues slowing it down. In many cases, these are minor problems that can be addressed by regular preventative maintenance.

Repairs to Speed Up a Garage Door

Most slow garage doors are due to lubrication. If your garage door isn’t well oiled, it has to work overtime. This not only slows down your door, it puts undue strain on your garage door parts and components. Your garage door won’t last as long.

Lubricate all tracks, hinges, and brackets with an approved garage door lubricant. Don’t use WD40 — which can cause the parts of your garage door to prematurely rust. It’s also a good idea to oil pulleys, cables, and springs.

It’s worth checking the balance of your garage door. Disconnect the opener and open the door halfway. Does it bend to one side? Chances are your door is out of balance. This can slow the functioning of your door. It also puts extra strain on certain parts of your garage door.

Still Have a Problem? Call Us!

If you still have a slow garage door, give us a call. We offer 24/7 emergency garage door repair to the El Dorado Hills area. We’d be happy to diagnose the problem and help you have a smooth and fast operating garage door.

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