Seasonal Garage Door Maintenance
You want to make sure your garage door is performing at its best and that it is operating safely. By performing routine seasonal maintenance, you can help improve your garage door’s operation and improve its lifespan. You should inspect your garage door twice a year. Failure to regularly inspect your garage door can cause undue stress on the automatic garage door opener. By spending a couple of hours every spring and every fall to inspect your garage door, you could save yourself major inconvenience and expensive repairs.
- Watch and listen to the door in operation. Problems often appear because of jerking movements and scraping sounds. If your garage door is well-tuned and has undergone proper maintenance, it should operate quietly and move up and down smoothly without any jerking motions.
- Check the garage door tracks. You should review the tracks on both sides to see if there is any rust, dirt, or debris. Take a level to make sure the tracks are perfectly vertical along their sections. If adjustments are needed, you should call a garage door professional.
- Make sure the hardware is tightened. Your garage door will open and close hundreds of times every year, and vibration and motion can loosen your door as well as the track hardware. You should carefully inspect brackets that hold the door tracks to the ceiling and the wall. Also check the fasteners that anchor the garage door opener’s unit to the door’s framing.
- Inspect the garage door rollers. Usually, they require replacement every 5 years. If you find that the rollers are worn, cracked, or chipped, replace them. Rollers are removed by taking off the brackets holding them on the garage door.
- Lubricate all the moving parts, including the rollers and hinges, to help reduce stress on them. This will help prolong the lifespan. Use a spray lubricant, such as a spray form of white lithium grease, on the moving parts, and be sure to wipe off any excess grease.
- Inspect the garage door pulleys and lift cables that are connected to the door’s bottom roller brackets, which connect the springs and doors to allow the door to open and close safely. There are two kinds of springs used on garage doors, extension springs or torsion springs.
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