Though they look sturdy, garage doors are the implements in people’s house that are most often subjected to wear and tear. Unlike the other doors in the house, garage doors are opened and closed often, using delicate mechanisms that can get broken after frequent use. For this reason, garage owners should keep their doors well maintained to avoid the cost of repair. Garage door owners can do part of the maintenance work by themselves. All they need are the right tools and some free time.
Safety instructions when doing garage door maintenance:
- Always unplug the automatic door opener to avoid accidental activation
- To keep the door open while you work, make sure to clamp locking pliers onto the roller tract under the rollers.
- When the door spring is in tension, leave the lift cable alone, never remove it to avoid injury because the spring can snap and injure.
- Don’t replace the tension spring. Only garage door professionals should handle that.
Inspect your garage door
Check for loose nuts and bolts and tighten them. Since the garage door is always moving, nuts and bolts specially those bolts keeping the rails to the support bracket. Checking and tightening the roller brackets is also necessary to keep the door working properly. The reason garage door hardware loosens is the constant motion of the door when opened and closed.
Also, inspect the rollers and lift cable for wear and tear but because those parts are under high tension, leave the replacing and repairing to professional garage repair people.
Lubricate the chain or the screw of the opener
To keep the garage door operating smoothly and quietly, the opener screw or chain should be lubricated with white lithium grease once a year or as often as needed. Because lubricants help lower the friction on the opener chain and screw whenever the garage door is opened, lubrication will also help protect the parts from wear and tear. There are spray-on versions for the lithium grease lubricant that are easier to use.
Lubricate the spring
To keep the spring from corroding, garage door owners can spray them with a lubricant/cleaner, which can be bought from hardware stores. If corrosion is already eating the metal, it is best to call professionals to replace it. Again, non-professionals should not try to remove or replace the garage door spring.
Check the garage door seals and replace if necessary
The weather stripping or astragal of the garage door keeps cold and small insects from entering the garage, but they can easily wear and can also get damaged by mice. Replacing them is easy and not dangerous. Garage door owners should make sure that the materials used are the right size for their garage door. They can also measure the damaged weather seal and take the measurements to the shop to ensure they get the right one. Many companies offering garage door repair also sell these parts.
Only experienced professionals can perform complete maintenance of garage doors, repairs and replacements. However, as owners,it is your responsibility to do basic care for your garage door to prolong its lifespan and maximize your investment.