Garage door maintenance is beneficial for the function and longevity of your garage door. Maintenance helps to ensure that all the parts of the garage door are in the best condition and to prevent malfunction and premature wear. What are some things that are inspected during garage door maintenance?
Inspect Garage Door as a Whole
A simple way to perform garage door maintenance is by inspecting the function of your garage door. You can perform this self-inspection as often as you want, but it is recommended to do it at least once per year.
When inspecting, look for abnormal function, such as rough movement or loud noise. Jerking movement and grinding sounds are not normal. Make sure that each part has no sign of wear. You should also check for dents and rust. For insect and rodent prevention, you could also inspect the condition of the weatherstripping.
A good way to make sure that you don’t miss anything is to hire a professional garage door technician. Especially if you notice the function of the garage door is acting differently than normal.
Many times, a garage door can make squeaky or grinding noises if the moving parts need lubrication, such as rollers and springs. If needed, use a silicone lubricant on rollers, springs, screws, and cables. Unlubricated parts can cause your garage door to wear out quicker, so it is good to address the issues before it turns into a bigger problem.
Tighten Loose Parts
It is easy to overlook this maintenance since loose parts may not appear to be loose at a glance. This is an important step to inspect though! Loose garage door parts can lead to an unexpected accident and can cause serious damage. When inspecting for loose parts, pay attention to bolts and brackets and tighten if necessary.
Inspect Rollers and Tracks
Rollers should be checked often because they receive heavy wear ‘n tear. Healthy rollers will show no sign of cracking or chipping. If your rollers are over 7 years old, you should schedule a garage door maintenance and repair appointment to get them replaced. The garage door tracks should not be bent or dented, which can result in a stuck garage door. Minor track maintenance may be an easy fix, but if you are inexperienced with garage door repairs, it should be fixed by a professional.
Checking the Garage Door Balance
Garage doors are under a lot of pressure and weight, so the door needs to be balanced. It can be hard to tell that a garage door is unbalanced by watching it open or close by the opener. To test the balance of your garage door, you should disconnect the garage door from the open by pulling on the cord attached t the opener. This will allow you to check the balance by manually opening the garage door. The garage door should stay in place if the springs are working properly.
Some minor maintenance, like lubricating parts, might be able to be completed on your own. Though it is always recommended to leave major maintenance to a garage door technician. They are trained and experienced in how a garage door works and know how to safely perform maintenances and repairs. If your garage door is overdue for garage door maintenance, give us a call at A1 Affordable Garage Door Repair to schedule an appointment. Serving Dallas and surrounding areas like Lewisville, Grapevine, Prosper, Rowlett and more.