Residential Garage Door Maintenance Guide
We all know that feeling, right? You’re about to head out, you press the garage door opener, and… nothing. Or worse, it makes that dreadful grinding sound. Just like a car or any other piece of machinery, your garage door requires regular maintenance. Think of it as the shield to your castle – wouldn’t you want it to be in prime condition?
The Importance of Regular Checks
Regular checks are to garage doors what regular check-ups are to our health. They keep minor issues from turning into major headaches. Committing to routine maintenance can save you costly repair bills in the future and increase the lifespan of your door.
Cleaning the Tracks and Lubricating the Moving Parts
Dirt and debris can accumulate in the tracks of your garage door. Use a damp cloth to clean them and a dry cloth to wipe them down. Ensure they’re aligned; misaligned tracks can cause problems. Lubrication is like giving your door a sip of water on a hot day. Lubricate the rollers, tracks, and hinges every six months with a high-quality lubricant. Avoid heavy oils as they can attract dust.
Checking the Door Balance
If your door isn’t balanced, the opener will have to work harder, reducing its lifespan. Disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle and manually move the door about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay, it means the counterweight system is unbalanced.
Inspecting the Rollers
Rollers, whether steel or nylon, need to be checked twice a year and replaced every seven years or so. If they’re worn, chipped, or cracked, replace them!
Examining the Cables and Pulleys
High-tension cables can be dangerous, so don’t try to fix them yourself. However, you can check if they’re in good shape. If they’re worn out or damaged, call a professional.
Testing the Auto-Reverse Feature
Place a solid object, like a piece of wood, in the path of the door. If the door doesn’t auto-reverse upon contact, it’s time to call a technician.
Weatherstripping is like the scarf you wear on a cold day, keeping the elements out. If it’s brittle or cracked, it’s time to replace it to keep your garage well-insulated.
Garage Door Insulation
Insulation ensures that your garage remains energy-efficient. Regularly check the insulation and replace it when necessary.
Replacing Old Batteries
The backup battery should be replaced every two years or when the door doesn’t open during a power outage. Don’t be caught off-guard!
Painting and Surface Care
Maintain the aesthetic and protective quality of your door by regularly checking its paint and finish. A fresh coat now and then keeps it looking new.
Seeking Professional Help
Some tasks, like replacing springs or cables, are best left to professionals. Safety first! Give Advanced Overhead Door a call. We are more than happy to check things out and give you very reasonable pricing and great service.
Keeping the Area Around Safe
Keep the area around the garage door clean and clear. It’s not just about the door, but the surroundings too!
Your garage door is more than just an entrance. It’s a protector, a shield, and with regular Garage Door Maintenance, it can serve you flawlessly for years.
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