A garage door is an integral element of any home. All garage doors need routine maintenance to keep them functioning smoothly. This maintenance also increases the length of its life and prevent numerous future repair costs. Many families opt to hire a garage door specialist because they lead extremely busy lives and simply have no time to perform these tasks.
Visual and Hand-on Examination
It is important to visually inspect the garage door periodically. Many experts recommend this to be completed quarterly. The first step is to examine the garage door springs to ensure they are in peak condition and functioning optimally. There ae two basic types of springs. Extension springs are long and horizontally stretched above the garage door roller track. Torsion springs are round and mounted under extreme pressure above the door.
- Examine the tracks; rollers; brackets; cables; and hinges to evaluate their condition and to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
- Check all screws and bolts to ensure that these are tight. If any component appears to be frayed or worn, replace it as soon as possible.
- The garage door balance should be physically tested. If there is an opener present, disconnect the power source then disengage it. This is most commonly accomplished by tugging the cord and handle which hangs from the central track’s trolley.
- Lift the door to about waist height, manually, and release slowly. If the garage door rises or lowers, it is incorrectly balanced and requires adjustment.
Clean and Lubricate
The exterior of the garage door should be cleaned at least once per year or more often, if the property is in a salt-air environment. Proper and timely lubrication is important not only to a garage door’s longevity, but to its continued smooth operation. It is also essential to use the correct type of lubrication. It should be a non-silicone based product for the bearings, hinges, and springs. Some individuals use motor oil for some of the other parts; however, it is best to consult the owner’s manual and/or garage door professional.
- Mix one cup of mild detergent with five gallons of tepid or warm water. Use a rag or sponge to wash the garage door. Thoroughly rinse with a garden hose.
- Wooden garage doors must be wiped with a soft, dry rag. Once cleaned, it may be necessary to re-stain or repaint a wooden garage door.
- Visually inspect a wood garage door about once a year to determine, if it needs to be re-stained or repainted.
- Clean the inside of the door in a similar manner or use a broom to sweep away any debris and/r cobwebs.
- Lubricate the rollers and bearings with the non-silicone based product. Do not allow lubricant to make contact with nylon rollers or roller tracks.
- Use brake cleaner and a rag to clean the garage door tracks while wearing latex gloves.
Note: Be sure to make any necessary repairs along the way or schedule an appointment with a local, professional garage door contractor. Many garage door components, especially springs and cables, are under intense pressure and present a very real danger.