The garage door is evidently one of the largest movable parts in your
home. Besides adding a sense convenience, functionality and lushness,
it makes the property aesthetically appealing. However, for it to offer all
those benefits, it needs regular servicing to keep it in tip-top shape. The
following are some basic door maintenance tricks that you can use to
extend the life of your door and ensure that it operates smoothly and
efficiently at all times.
Bearing in mind that garage doors break down gradually, the best
maintenance tip is to observe it keenly each time you operate it. You
should listen to and watch the way it acts. For instance, does it make
scrapping and grinding noises each time you try to open it, or is it silent?
When you operate the door does it run smoothly or is it bumpy and jerky
at some places. Such information can prove quite useful since it could
be an early indication of some impending future problem. Consequently,
you can address it promptly and prevent massive damage or even
Test the Garage Door Balance
Every once in a month you should conduct the garage door balance test
to ascertain whether the door is perfectly balanced and that the door
opener is not overworked. Just pull the release handle to disconnect the
automatic opener, and try to lift the door halfway manually. If it moves
smoothly without any difficulty and remains fully open, then the door is
ok. However, if it opens with difficulty or it does not stay put once you
open it, the springs and the door might be out of balance and in need of
Lubricate all moving parts
Even though lubricating the garage door takes just ten minutes in a
year, the effort translates into years of enjoying seamless operations.
Furthermore, it enables your door to operate without making squeaky
sounds. Take your time and apply lube on all moving parts of the
garage door, such as the opener’s chain, rusty overhead springs, spring
shaft bearings, and track rollers. Nonetheless, avoid using grease,
unless it is the light lithium-based type. Grease tends to harden during
the cold weather causing the door to operate with much difficulty.
Excellent lubricant choices would be the silicone based sprays.
Clean the door tracks
At times what is keeping your doors from operating well are the debris
and matter which have built up along the trail. Consequently, when you
try to run the door, these fragments create increased friction thereby
hindering the movement. Create time once or twice each month to
inspect and clean the garage door tracks. It is equally critical that you do
not lubricate the track as the oil or grease will trap dirt and lead to the
buildup of more problematic debris. The best way of cleaning the track
is to wipe out the inside of the track using a wet cloth and repeat the
same process with a dry cloth.
Inspect the garage door sensors
You need to ensure that your garage door responds when you press the
wall button or remote control. If it doesn’t, ascertain whether the
“lockout” switch is on or if the safety sensors located near the ground on
the door are working. If the sensor lights are either blinking or not
emitting any light, then they might be broken, or out of alignment. Due to
their vicinity to the ground, it is not unusual for the sensors to move out
of position. If that is the case, get a competent garage door technician to
help you realign the sensors.
Replace the Weatherstripping
Exposure to the sun and other agents can cause your garage door’s
weatherstripping to crack, brittle, and deteriorate. When that happens, it
makes it easy for elements to get into your garage or house. Therefore,
if you notice that your garage door’s rubber weather seal is faulty, you
should renew it as soon as possible. Just head to the hardware and
purchase a new one, cut it to the appropriate size and replace the worn
out strip with the fresh one.
Ensure the reversing mechanism works efficiently
The reversing mechanism in your door is not just an aesthetic feature
but rather a lifesaving one. You, therefore, need to ensure that the
device works correctly. Each month, you should test it using a wooden
plank to make sure that it automatically reverses when it detects any
foreign object that is nearby. In case the door does not reverse,
consider replacing it or hiring a garage door specialist to fix it.
While all these ideas can help keep the garage door in perfect shape,
always let a qualified technician handle all major repairs. After all, the
door can still pose serious damage or injuries.