Garage Door Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

There is no other equipment of your home which experiences as much wear and tear as your garage door. Since a garage door is used multiple times throughout the day. If it is kept in good working condition, it can provide you remarkable security at your convenience.

Having a functional garage door can really make your life convenient but when it is not maintained, it can become a big safety risk to your family and property. A garage door has a trend to wear and tear so its cables may become frayed, opener becomes malfunction, and hardware got loose, resulting in a hazard to your belongings. In order to keep your garage doors working smoothly, it is essential to conduct routine inspection and maintenance to avoid costly repairs. Here are garage door maintenance techniques that will help you to keep your garage door functioning in the long run. You no need to learn special skills to perform these tips and normally it takes less than 10 minutes each to conduct.

Required material for garage door maintenance:

Avoid last-minute plans to visit your hardware store for purchasing new tools and techniques. The following mentioned simple tools which are available in your home will save your time and frustration.

  • Tape Measure
  • Wrench Set
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Screw Gun
  • Lubricant/WD-40
  • Weather-stripping Seals
  • White Lithium Grease
  • Toothbrush
  • Garage door rollers
  • Flat blade screwdrivers

Safety Measurements: In order to avoid danger associated with a garage door, don’t remove the lift cable. They are placed under a high amount of pressure which will work as a knife if released accidentally. Don’t try to adjust or replace the garage door springs on your own. This job should be left for the professionals only. Inspect the garage door thoroughly, if you have a steel garage door, then try to find any rusted or dented area. They should be sanded and painted. If you have a wood garage door, make sure it should be sealed properly to avoid water damages. It is also good to clean and wash your garage door regularly using an all-purpose cleaner. Presentable garage doors will have a great effect on the appearance of your residential building.

Listen to the garage door carefully while operating. Does your garage door create loud noises? Does it run smoothly? Spend enough time to observe its operations to determine which part does not make sounds or which does. Then test the balance of your garage door. First, disconnect the opener. Pull the red handle at the end of the red cord to do this. Once it is disconnected, open the garage door to its halfway.  If it does not maintain its position, it means that your garage door is not balanced. You will have to readjust the springs to balance your garage door. I recommended hiring a professional garage door contractor to deal with your garage door.

Test the safety features of your garage door. Modern garage doors come with safety mechanisms. In order to test the safety features, place a solid object on the floor. When the garage door touches the object, it should reverse automatically and go back. If it does not work, clean the photo eye of sensors to make them functional. Afterward, inspect the garage door cables. Don’t touch them because they are high tensioned. They have enough force to hurt or even kill you. If you found any damaged cable, hire an expert technician to handle them.

Take a look at tracks and clean them to remove any debris and accumulated grease at them. Make sure that they are properly aligned. Replace the damaged tracks immediately. Damages can cause noisy and hard operations of the garage door.

Lubricate them with WD-40 or any other good silicone spray and wipe out them with the help of the cotton cloth. Apply lubricant to moving parts as well to keep them working smoothly and quieter. You should also use white lithium grease to lubricate rollers, openers’ chain, bearings, hinges, and tracks. You should also replace the rubber weather stripping if it is starting to crack. Check all the moving parts like screws, bolts, and nuts. If you found them loose, you should tighten them to make them secure.

If you steel feel that you don’t have enough time and skills to inspect and maintain your garage door, then call a professional garage door repair company to schedule an appointment. There are plenty of companies that offer affordable and reliable garage door services to keep your garage door functioning smoothly.