Our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is here for you during all of your garage door needs. Maintaining your garage might not seem like a big deal, but we want to ensure you know what all goes into it. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know on maintaining your garage.
You spent your hard-earned money on your garage door. So why not ensure that it stays in peak condition. You should be doing a seasonal inspection and maintenance twice a year. This short time will be nothing compared to repair costs if you don’t take care of your garage.
Look And Listen
If there is an active problem with your door, then you will probably be seeing jerky movements or hear scraping or grating noises. When your door is well-maintained, it should be relatively quiet. If you see your door no longer symmetrical in any aspect, this can be a sign of trouble.
Clearing The Tracks
You should always ensure that the tracks of the door are clean and free of any rust or debris. A level can be used to check the symmetry of your tracks. While smaller adjustments can be an easy DIY project, bigger adjustments should be handled by a professional.
Tightening Your Hardware
Loosening hardware can be normal since your door is opening and closing several hundred times a year. You should periodically take a look at the brackets that are holding the tracks and opener to its frame. You can always use a socket wrench to tighten any bolts that you find have become loose.
Inspecting And Replacing Rollers
Twice a year there should be an inspection of the rollers that are along the edge of your garage door, with replacements happening every 5-7 years. Any rollers that have become chipped, clearly worn, or cracked should be replaced. Any rollers, aside from the bottom ones attached to the cables, can be easily removed by removing the brackets that hold them.
Checking The Cables And Pulleys
If you have an extension spring opener, you need to check that the cables and pulleys that attach the springs to your garage door are in good condition. Always be on the lookout for cables with broken strands or damage towards the bottom of the roller bracket. While we love the idea of DIY projects, cables and springs should only be touched by a trained professional.
Lubricating Moving Parts
An easy way to prolong the life of your garage door and reduce stress in the future is to ensure that the rollers and other moving parts stay well lubricated. About twice a year you can apply a lubricant spray to the hinges and rollers and then wipe the parts dry. You can use a brush to apply kerosene to any rollers or hinges that seem to be stuck and use steel wool to remove any rust. In the end, make sure everything is wiped clean.
An important feature that your garage door should have in auto-reverse. This ensures that if your door is closing and it comes in contact with anything obstructing its path, it will return to the fully open position. This can be easily tested by placing a wooden block on the ground where the door meets the floor and closing the door.
We Are Here To Help
If at any time during your garage door check you feel that something might not be right, give our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call. We can lend you a hand, even if we aren’t the company that installed your door. Our knowledgeable phone staff is ready and waiting for your call today!