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Tips on Garage Door Maintenance

Garage doors need periodic maintenance if you expect them to last for a long time. Otherwise, you might find yourself spending more than necessary on expensive repairs or replacement of your garage door or opener. Garage doors operate several times during the day. The larger the mechanical device, the faster it deteriorates with use. Even though they are made of durable parts, regular check up on their integrity is needed to ensure they are without defect. I have listed some helpful tips in maintaining a garage door.

For starters, you can do visual inspection: look for rust, loose bolts or screws, cable wear, bent or broken parts, and jot them down on paper. Observe any hitches or jerks when you raise and lower your garage door. Locate all tracks, rollers, hinges, springs and latches and apply a highly penetrating oil or a water displacement spray to protect mechanical parts. Wipe off all traces of penetrating oil then apply general purpose oil on all the parts for further lubrication.

On the door itself, use household detergent to clean it from accumulated dust and dirt. Resealing or repainting of wooden garage doors need to be done periodically to keep them clean and shiny. You also need to check if the weather stripping around the door is either broken or damaged, so you can replace it.

If you are not a handy person when it comes to doing maintenance on your garage door, then hire a professional service company to do the job for you. For a door that is operated through a torsion spring assembly, the professional service company can keep it rust free and its mechanism operating trouble free. Tension springs that are not well maintained may break and cause serious damage or injury. Chain-drive operated doors need to be lubricated by professionals for a better maintenance.

However, each month you can do some maintenance checks yourself. Your garage door is equipped with an optic sensor and a reversing mechanism that you can do simple tests to check. Test the optic sensor of your garage door by waving the end of a long handled tool between the sensors as the garage door is lowering. If your door’s sensors are operating properly, it should switch the door to reverse from closing to re-opening.

You can also test the reversing mechanism on your garage door. Test the reverse mechanism of the garage door by placing a piece of wood where the door will close; the door should reverse and reopen once it hits the piece of wood. If you hear unusual scraping sounds, take note of it.

Then, check the remote controls for proper functioning.

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