Garage doors require a little basic maintenance to ensure they perform safely and smoothly, and there are many workings part that need to be kept in top condition. Fortunately, most people can perform their own basic garage door maintenance without having to call in a professional technician. However, if you are unsure of any of the following maintenance tips, please do not hesitate to call the professionals at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors. A garage door is a massive, mechanical, and costly part of your home. You should never perform any maintenance you are not confident in doing.
Here are five important tips on how to perform basic garage door maintenance:
1. Visually Inspect the Door
The first thing you should do is visually inspect the garage door for wear-and-tear or damage. Carefully check the garage door’s tracks, rollers, springs, pulleys, and cables. Make sure the cables are not fraying and that everything is still in good working condition. You should also inspect the mounting hardware, especially hinges and screws, to make sure they are still securely in place. A visual inspection of your garage door should be performed monthly or at least quarterly.
2. Clean the Door’s Tracking
While you are visually inspecting the garage door, you should also wipe down the tracks with a damp cloth. Make sure to remove any debris or gunk that has become wedge within the metal tracking.
3. Lubricate Working Parts
Twice a year, you should apply a small amount of spray lubricant along the door’s tracks, hinges, and rollers. This will prevent future damage and ensure that the garage doors glides smoothly and safely along the tracks.
4. Test Door’s Safety Features
All garage doors made after January, 1993, will have an auto-reversing mechanism to prevent anything from becoming pinned under the door. It is important to test this feature to make sure it is working properly. You can test it by sticking a rolled up newspaper in the garage door’s path while it is closing. The sensor should detect the newspaper and the garage door should automatically reverse. If it does not, please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors. We can either repair the opener or install one that does have this fundamental safety feature.
5. Check the Door’s Balance
You should close the door, disconnect the automatic garage door opener, and perform a simple balance test once a month. Manually lift the door to make sure it glides smoothly with little or no resistance. After you lift the door, it should stay completely open. If it does not remain open or it is difficult to open manually, your door may no longer be balanced properly. The garage door technicians at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can fix it if your monthly test determines it is needs to be rebalanced.
Basic garage door maintenance can be as simple as visually inspecting, cleaning, lubricating, and testing the door throughout the year. Just be sure to always keep safety in mind when you are working with a garage door. Make sure everyone is your home is aware you are working on the garage door and that it is not to be opened or closed until you let them know that your work is finished. If you discover any major issues during your maintenance and you live anywhere in the Roseville, Rocklin, ElDorado, Sacramento, Auburn, CA area, please call Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for a free estimate.