You use your garage door every day, but you may not think about it much until it malfunctions. When your garage door gets stuck or suddenly falls on your car, it’s a lot harder to ignore. The good news is that you can avoid garage door problems with a few simple routine maintenance steps performed regularly.
Your garage door is probably the largest moving object in your home, and it needs to be lubricated regularly in order to keep moving the way it is supposed to. Garage Door Excellence recommends lubricating your garage door every six months. Apply a penetrating solvent and light oil to all tracks, rollers, hinges, and latches. Apply oil to the torsion spring as well, especially if it seems rusty or tends to stick. If you have a garage door opener, oil the chain.
Your garage door should also be tuned every six months. If your garage opens too quickly and aggressively, or if it is slow and difficult to open, it may require tuning. The experts at Garage Experts can help you tune your garage door, or you can find many tutorials for your specific garage door on the internet.
Garage doors are large and heavy, and they can cause injury or damage to your car if they are not functioning properly. Check the rollers, tension spring, and weather seals for wear and tear or rust. Check to make sure cables are in place to “catch” the door if the tension spring should break. If you have a garage door opener, make sure that its reversing mechanism works.
Garage door problems are annoying and can be dangerous, but you can avoid them with a few simple steps every six months. Pay attention to routine maintenance to keep your garage door working for years to come.Written By: Nic Koff