Your garage door is used quite often, but you probably rarely think about this part of your home, let alone maintain it. Maintenance of your garage door is important, as it can help save you money on costly repairs, lengthen the life of your door and opener, and prevent injuries from a faulty garage door. See below for maintenance tips for your garage door.\
Garage Door Maintenance Tasks
Inspect your garage door for any signs of wear and tear, or noises. You can stand beneath it while it's opening to listen for noises or to look for any slippage.
- Clean the rollers. Clean the rollers with a lubricant spray and a clean rag. Be sure to use a lubricant that is silicone based, as it isn't tacky and won't allow dirt or other debris to stick to it. The spray will help remove any built up grime that may have collected over the years. Spray the pin where it meets the roller on either side, then wipe up any excess with the rag.
- Tighten hinges. Look over the hinges along the door and tighten any loose bolts with a wrench. Also be sure to lubricate the hinges as well.
- Level the tracks. Level the tracks on the wall that your garage door sits in to ensure they are both level. Tracks can become un-level over time for a number of different reasons. Use a level, and make any adjustments necessary by loosening bolts on the track and moving the track as needed until it is level. Tighten the bolts when finished.
- Clean the tracks. Clean the tracks by wiping them down with a rag to remove dirt and debris. You can use a shop vacuum or broom as well if you prefer.
Garage Door Opener Maintenance Tasks
Your garage door opener is responsible for opening and closing your door. It has a lot of moving parts, and if you aren't comfortable performing the following maintenance tasks or working on your garage door opener, leave it to a professional such as Eudy Door Co. instead. They have the tools and know-how to get your garage door opener working as it should.
- Lubricate the chain. Lubricate the chain with your lubricant and wipe up any excess. Also lubricate any pulleys and other moving parts of your garage door opener.
- Inspect the springs. The springs on your garage door are very dangerous because of the amount of tension on them and not something you should attempt to change yourself. Inspect the springs for any signs of wear such as gaps in between the coils. Coils should be replaced (by a professional) in pairs rather than separately to ensure they pull your garage door evenly.
- Tighten all bolts. Tighten bolts and screws on the traveler arm, on the mounting brackets, and any other screws/bolts that appear loose. Loose bolts/screws could mean an unsafe garage door.
- Check the reverse sensor. If your garage door has a reverse sensor, test it to be sure it is working properly. If not, someone could get hurt or property could get damaged. Test it by closing the door with something in the way of the sensor. If it isn't working properly, clean the lens on the sensor with a rag and all-purpose cleaner. If that doesn't work, check the wiring.
Your garage door and opener are used quite often - probably more often than you think. Be sure to maintain your door and opener by keeping the track and rollers clean, lubricating all moving parts, and by inspecting the door, the chain and the springs. Your garage door/opener will work properly for much longer, protecting your family and your investment.