Garage Door Care Giveaway – win a $25 Visa gift card + maintenance and finding a pro tips

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Garage Door Care maintenance email reminders

Last summer, we spent a long weekend at the beach for our 16th anniversary. We had a great time… until we came back home. That’s when we discovered the garage door wouldn’t open. At first we couldn’t figure out why. My wife and I are not exactly garage door experts. The only thing we know about garage doors is that you push the button on the remote to open and close the door. We eventually found the cause of the problem — one of the garage door springs broke. Then we had to quickly track down a professional to fix the spring because the other car was stuck inside. This is actually what this blog post is about: maintaining a garage door and hiring a qualified professional. BTW, thanks to GarageDoorCare.com, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card on my dad blog.

Until recently, I didn’t know homeowners can minimize repairs by maintaining their garage door. I know this should be obvious, but like many people, I don’t give my garage door a second thought until something doesn’t work right. By then, it’s too late. If your car is stuck in the garage (like our car), you have to quickly find someone to repair it. But you can prolong your garage door and reduce your repair costs with the GarageDoorCare.com free three-step program to help homeowners:

  1. Lubricate your garage door twice a year (it’s easier than you think)
  2. Sign up for a free twice-a-year email garage door lubrication reminder
  3. Find a trusted, local garage door pro well in advance of a problem

Lubricate Your Garage Door

Most homeowners (like me) have never lubricated their garage door. That’s why you may hear squeaks and groans. Over time, that could lead to trouble. But lubricating a garage door is easy. A quick visit to GarageDoorCare.com will show you how to lubricate the door, rollers and hinges. Five minutes of your time and a five dollar spray can of garage door lubricant that you can pick up at your local hardware store are all you need to potentially save a costly service call down the road. The website also demonstrates several other easy steps homeowners can take to keep their door in peak operating condition.

Email Reminders

You don’t need to wait for the squeaks and groans to start up before lubricating your door again. A good rule of thumb is to lubricate your door twice a year (like when you change your clocks to and from daylight savings time). The International Door Association (IDA), a worldwide trade association of garage door and access professionals (and the sponsor of GarageDoorCare.com) invites consumers to register for twice-a-year emails that will remind them that it’s time to lubricate the garage door. And signing up doesn’t mean a flood of emails or sales calls. Two simple emails a year… that’s all.

Find a Qualified Professional

Sometimes despite your best maintenance efforts, your garage door will need professional attention. Unfortunately no amount of lubrication can keep a worn out spring from breaking. When your garage door stops working you’ll need a professional. It’s not something a homeowner should try to repair themselves — a garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in a home, and can cause severe injuries or even death if damaged or misused. That’s when identifying a pro well ahead of time will pay off. Use GarageDoorCare.com’s Find a Qualified Professional page to find experienced, local garage door service and repair businesses that are IDA members committed to operating their businesses by the IDA Code of Business Conduct. This commitment to professionalism and safety goes a long way in helping homeowners avoid unscrupulous firms that sell unneeded parts and overcharge customers.

Garage Door Care Giveaway

Thanks to GarageDoorCare.com, a reader of my dad blog will win a $25 Visa giftcard. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, April 1st (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).

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[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by GarageDoorCare.com, but they are not the administrators of the contest on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. I will receive something for hosting this contest. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]

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97 thoughts on “Garage Door Care Giveaway – win a $25 Visa gift card + maintenance and finding a pro tips

  1. I need to Lubricate the rollers, springs and rails once a year for maintenance. This helps keep the garage door running smoothly.

  2. If you have children, you should make sure to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings. Do not let them play around or with the door opener. Too dangerous.

  3. Keep your garage door properly maintained to keep it operating safely. Annual maintenance by a trained service technician is recommended

  4. I learned that it’s important to have your door checked annually by a qualified service technician to ensure that it continues to work properly and effectively.

  5. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by a trained service technician.

  6. I recently had to have our garage door repaired and was told my them that we need to use wd40 on the springs several times a year.

  7. I learned that Chelsea Door Co. is garage door dealer in my town that can service and maintain my garage doors.

  8. I like the maintenance tip: Monthly door balance test. If your door is equipped with an automatic opener system: close the door and disconnect the automatic opener. Once you are able to lift the door manually: Lift the door. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain fully open. If it is difficult to open or does not remain open, the door may be out of balance and should be serviced by a trained service technician.

  9. Do a Monthly visual inspection of your garage door from the inside, looking at all the springs and hinges for anything fraying or looking loose.

  10. A good tip – Test the Garage Door Balance.
    If your garage door is not properly balanced, the garage door opener will have to work harder, and it won’t last as long

  11. Keeping your garage door parts greased up will add years of seamless operation to your system. Use white lithium grease on the opener’s chain or screw, and a spray lubricant, available from your garage door specialist, to coat the overhead springs.

  12. When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed.

  13. Here is the best tip I found! . While there are some garage door system maintenance chores that you yourself can – and should – perform on a regular basis, there are other tasks (including garage door installation and garage door spring replacement) that are best left to the pros.
    Words to live by.

  14. When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed. Make certain that no adults, children or animals try to enter or exit while the door is closing.

  15. I learned that you Never should attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death.

  16. Make sure that children understand that the garage door and the garage door opener are not toys. Never let children play with the door or its operating system

  17. If you have children, you should also take some time to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings.

  18. If you have children, you should also take some time to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings.

  19. Look for the garage door specialist before you have a problem, don’t pick one when you are frantic and in an emergency, find out ahead who is the best.

  20. I like the tip – remember that your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled. Service should be performed by a trained service technician.

  21. A great tip that I learned is that it is important that children should never be allowed to play with a garage door or the operating system for the garage door!!

  22. My tip is to check the springs and pullys . We keep a string through the spring in case for some reason it brakes. I would not want it to go flying across the garage. thanks

  23. I never really thought about it before but I learned that garage doors are the largest moving object in your home

  24. Tip from Garage Door Care Never take a garage door system for granted; always use extreme caution when working on it or near it. Make sure that children understand that the garage door and the garage door opener are not toys. Never let children play with the door or its operating system.

  25. Maintenance Tip I found: Monthly visual inspection. Stand inside the garage with the garage door closed. Look over the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and mounting hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage. Look for cable wear or fraying. Is the mounting hardware becoming loose? If something doesn’t look quite right – or doesn’t sound quite right – it could be the symptom of a more serious issue. Have the garage door system inspected by a trained service technician.

  26. Graves Overhead Doors
    Atlanta, Ga
    I did not find them through the Locate an IDA Professional tool, as nothing would show up over 100 miles.
    I found this affiliate through a google search.

  27. moving garage doors can also cause serious injury, or even death. While there are some garage door system maintenance chores that you yourself can – and should – perform on a regular basis, there are other tasks (including garage door installation and garage door spring replacement) that are best left to the pros.

  28. Keep garage door opener transmitters and remotes out of the reach of children. The garage door opener button installed in the garage should be installed at least five feet from the floor, out of the reach of the little ones’ hands and fingers.
    Thanks for the contest.

  29. If you have children, you should also take some time to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings.

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