Maintenance Tips | Midstate Overhead Doors, Inc.
Midstate Overhead Doors, Inc.

The Doors More People Come Home To

Address: 2373 N. Rt. 121, Decatur, IL 62526

phone: 217-422-8030


Address: 703 E. Lincoln St. Unit 1, Bloomington, IL 61701

phone: 309-820-1994



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Ensure you are getting the most out of your residential, commercial, or industrial overhead door and remote control opener by reading some of our helpful maintenance tips below.

Extend the life of your overhead door


First, test the balance of the door. If the door is perfectly balanced, then place a 1-1/2" thick piece of wood on the floor in the center of the door while it is open. Then, push the transmitter or wall button to close the door. The door should reverse when it strikes the wood. If it does not, it needs to be repaired or replaced.


If a reversing feature is not present, your door should be replaced, as all garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have this feature.

Reliable garage door opener reversal test

Many openers can be equipped with additional safety devices. Consider adding a photo eye or edge sensor as an extra safety measure to protect against entrapment. Keep in mind that adding more devices won't make an old opener meet current U.L. standards.

Take advantage of our 24-hour emergency services, scheduled services, and periodic maintenance plans.

Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force may be excessive and need adjusting. See your owner's manual for details on how to make the adjustment.

Test your door and remote control once a month to ensure your safety.

Additional safety devices

Force setting test

Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware for signs of wear. If you suspect problems, have a qualified person make repairs.


Garage door springs, cables, brackets, and other hardware attached to the springs are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury. Only a qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person carefully following the manufacturer's instructions should adjust them. The torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or adjust the torsion springs yourself.


A restraining cable or other device should be installed on the extension spring (the spring along the side of the door) to help contain the spring if it breaks.


Never remove, adjust, or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.

Give your garage door a thorough visual inspection

Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. However, do not lubricate plastic parts such as plastic rollers and plastic idler bearings. Consult the door owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendation.

Keep your door lubricated

To test the balance of your door, start with the door closed. Then, use the release mechanism so you can open the door by hand. If the door is balanced, you should be able to open it smoothly, with little resistance, and it should stay open about four or five feet about the floor. If not, it is out of adjustment.

Test your door's balance with ease