Nothing is more frustrating than when your garage door is opening too slowly. But how slow is too slow? How do you know if you have a slow garage door opener in Portland or you’re just impatient? Here are some signs that your garage door is too slow, along with the top three reasons you might be having a problem.
Signs Your Garage Door Is Too Slow
First, how do you know if it’s time to call for a slow garage door opener fix in Portland? It is possible you’re just being a little impatient. If you’re used to the speed of a commercial garage door, your personal garage door opener may seem impossibly slow. Warehouses and other commercial enterprises often have high-speed doors designed to open and close extra fast to meet the demands of an industrial environment.
However, an average residential garage door is still designed to move at the rate of about seven inches per second. This means you can expect your door to fully retract or lower in around 15 seconds if you have a standard garage door. If your door is taking noticeably longer than 15 seconds and it is not an oversized door, you may have a garage door or garage door opener problem.
Reasons Your Garage Door Is Slow
There are many reasons your garage door may be opening and/or closing too slowly. Here are the three biggest ones.
- Old Age
One problem may be the age of your garage door opener or other parts of your garage door system. If you have old torsion springs or other parts that are wearing out, they may not be functioning as effectively.
If it’s been a long time since you upgraded your garage door opener and you feel our door is moving too slowly, this can be the perfect time to replace it. TF Draper can sell and install a LiftMaster® garage door opener with greater horsepower than your existing model for higher-speed operation. An added benefit of a higher HP garage door opener is that you’ll probably get more life out of your opener since it won’t have to work as hard.
- Speed Setting Switched to Slow
Believe it or not, your garage door opener may be programmed to open and close solely for your safety. Check your owner’s manual to see if there is a safe, easy way to set the garage door opener to open faster. If the procedure seems too complicated or risky, call a TF Draper expert to come change the setting for you.
- Poor Lubrication on Track, Rollers and/or Hinges
It’s important to make sure to regularly lubricate all the moving parts of your garage door system, whether your garage door is moving slowly or not. Proper lubrication is one of the key elements of good garage door maintenance. It allows your garage door system to open and close smoothly, reducing stress on the system and allowing your opener and other parts to last longer and break down less often.
Garage door lubrication can do wonders for your door, such as making it open and close more quickly and quietly. If you call TF Draper for regularly scheduled annual or semi-annual maintenance, one of the things we’ll be sure to do is lubricate all the moving parts of your door.
It’s very important to use the right lubricant when lubricating your garage door. Do not use WD-40, as this can destroy the grease your garage door needs to continue to function optimally. Instead, use a silicone or lithium grease spray. Be sure to completely spray hinges — except plastic hinges — springs, locks and rollers — for nylon rollers, just lubricate the bearings, not the wheels. For the tracks, all you need to do is keep them clean and clear of debris by running a wet sponge up and down the track.
Contact TF Draper
If you do need repair to fix a slow garage door opener in Portland or surrounding areas in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest, the company you need is TF Draper. We are a full-service garage door company skilled at fixing all major brands of garage doors. If you’re in need of a new garage door opener, our complete selection of durable, quiet and state-of-the-art LiftMaster® garage door openers will surely have what you need.
To schedule garage door or opener repair, or to find out more about buying and installing a brand-new, high-tech garage door opener from TF Draper, call us at (503) 357-1103 or contact us online now.