Tips on Garage Door Maintenance
Garage doors need periodic maintenance if you expect them to last for a long time. Otherwise, you might find yourself spending more than necessary on expensive repairs or replacement of your garage door or opener. Garage doors operate several times during the day. The larger the mechanical device, the faster it deteriorates with use. It is important to do maintenance check of its parts to ensure longer service. I have listed some helpful tips in maintaining a garage door.
Do visual inspection of your garage door from both inside your garage and outside and check if there are loose parts, bent or broken parts, worn out cables, or rust. Raise and lower the door and observe for anything unusual: unusual jarring sounds, hitches, and jerks. Use penetrating oil or water displacement spray on all mechanical moving parts — tracks, rollers, hinges, springs and latches. Wipe off all traces of penetrating oil then apply general purpose oil on all the parts for further lubrication.
Wash the inside and outside of the door using common household detergent. On wooden doors, resealing or repainting needs to be done to keep the finish shiny. If the weather stripping around the door is damaged, it is easy to replace it.
Although you can do some of the maintenance jobs on the garage door yourself, hiring a professional service company to do the job has its benefits as well. Tension spring operated doors need professional attention to keep its mechanism operating trouble-free and rust free for a long period of time. Injury or damage can result from poorly maintained tension springs that get broken or damaged. The proper maintenance of chain-driven doors must be done by a professional to ensure that the door opens properly.
However, each month you can do some maintenance checks yourself. One of the things you should regularly check is the door’s optic sensors and reverse mechanism. Wave the handle of a long-handled tool between the sensors as the garage door closes. The reversing mechanism should be triggered by the optic sensor.
Another thing you can do yourself is to test the reversing mechanism of your garage door. The test is done by placing a piece of wood where the bottom edge of the door will land; if the door reopens when it lands on the piece of wood, then the reverse mechanism is operating properly. If you hear unusual scraping sounds, take note of it.
Then, check the remote controls for proper functioning.