You want to make sure you keep your garage door opener in good working order. Your garage door opener has the potential to last you for years. You want to make sure you provide it with proper maintenance to ensure you get as long as possible out of it. Garage door maintenance is very simple to do, but many people put it off and find they have problems with their opener. Follow the simple tips below to help your garage door opener last longer and to avoid unnecessary repairs.

Know your system

The first thing you want to do is learn about your garage door opener system. There are different types on the market and this is why you want to read up on your specific system in the owner's manual. You don't have to worry if you lost the manual a long time ago. You will be able to locate it on the Internet and download it onto your computer for future reference.

Proper maintenance

Maintenance starts with looking for warning signs that something may be wrong with your garage door opener. You want to look for loose or worn out parts. If you can tighten the parts yourself, then do so. If you find worn out parts, replace them yourself if you can or call a technician if the job is beyond your capabilities. Areas you want to check include the brackets, tracks, supports and cables. You also want to check the cord to make sure it isn't fraying. This can happen from time, weather exposure and rodents.

There are electronic eyes on each side of the garage door. If these eyes are blocked by an object, it will stop your garage door from functioning properly. Also, if the eyes become dirty it can affect the way the garage door functions. For this reason, you always want to make sure you remove debris from the area in front of the eyes and keep them clean by wiping them with a rag and some window cleaner.

You want to make sure the battery backup battery is still good. Replace it if it's not or if it has been in the opener for a long time. You also want to make sure you keep fresh batteries in the other components such as the remote.

Certain parts of your garage door opener will need to stay lubricated to work properly. You want to spray lubricant on the rollers and chain every now and again. If you notice they are getting dirty, clean them off with a clean rag and then apply the lubricant. After you spray it you want to open and close the door a couple of times.