Garage Door Maintenance Tips

The garage door is one of the most used and least appreciated parts of your house, being used basically everyday on a regular basis. It is very important to keep up general upkeep of this impressive machine, because it is such an important to you and your daily routine.

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I have listed below 10 of the most helpful actions you can take at least every month to make sure this machine is running smoothly.

Observe

Everytime you use this machine, you need to make sure it is in proper working condition. This doesn’t mean you have to take 5 minutes to look at all the screws and hinges, but every time you open or close your door you should be observate of anything that doesn’t seem to be working perfectly.

This means seeing if the door is opening smoothly, if it operates silently, and if both sides of the system are equally being lifted and lowered.

Door Balance

You need to make sure that your door is balanced when it rests on the ground, because if it isn’t than the machine is going to start working harder than it should and it will break down quicker than if you just replaced what needs to be replaced.

A good rule of thumb is to see if you are able to stop the garage door halfway up. If it doesn’t there is a problem with the “counterweight system”, meaning the springs have something wrong with them. This is important to let a professional know, as this is a tough job for the layman.

Weatherstripping

A broken or cracked weather seal will cause unwanted elements to flow into your garage, where you most likely want these items not to be touched by these things. These stripes break fairly enough, and they are actually a very easy fix!

Go to any hardware store and they should have them there. You can cut them down to the size you want and slide them onto the bottom fringes of your door. You’ll feel like a real handyman doing this, so get excited!

Hardware Tightening

Another way you can self-service your garage door is make sure all of the bolts and brackets are secured tightly. These tend to slide out a bit after a long stretch of time, as is the same with any machine. You can use a simple socket wrench to do this job well.

Replace Rollers

These need to be checked on three times a year and replaced around every six years depending on how often you use your garage door. You can replace chipped or cracked rollers by removing the roller brackets not directly attached to the cable system, and this can be done by yourself or under the watchful eye of a friend or neighbor who has done it before. Depending on the damage to the roller and your comfort level, you should be able to take care of this yourself.

Lubrication of Moving Parts

This is a very easy process to keep your garage door working perfectly for a whole year. All you need is white lithium grease on the opener’s chain and some sort of lubricant to coat the springs on the overhead. These materials should be available at hardware stores that you are familiar with.

Testing Mechanisms

In your garage door there are two mechanisms: the mechanical and the photocell. Testing to see if the photoelectric system is working is as simple as closing the door and putting any object in the doors path; this should cause the door to reverse.

The mechanical features can be tested by placing a piece of wood in the path of the door on the ground. If the door coming down touches the object, it should reverse and go back to its upper starting position

Cables

These are extremely important parts of the garage door that have the power to kill anything that is under the door when they are misused. This being said, complete repair should be given to a pro.

You can check for broken cables by looking at the strands near the bottom roller bracket.

Tracks

Make sure the tracks of the door are clear from any debris, and use a level to be sure of the overall alignment of the ground. If this is off, check with a certified professional.

The Door Itself

Remember to think about the door itself. There is much wear and tear that go into garage doors that needs to be brought into account. There could be water damage in wooden doors, rust spots in steel doors, etc. Wash your door once a month to be sure of its security.