In the noble quest to maintain your home, from roof inspections to keeping your refrigerator clean, how recently have you considered your garage door? As the largest moving object in your home, a malfunctioning garage door can become a hazard to your family and a strain on your wallet. That is why garage door maintenance is an important part of caring for your home. Specifically, garage door maintenance is important for three reasons:
- It makes sure your garage door is operating safely to protect your family.
- It helps you spend a little on garage door maintenance instead of a lot on replacement parts or even a new garage door.
- It prevents the inconvenience of a garage door that breaks suddenly.
So the answer is yes, you should do maintenance on your garage door. But what does that mean for you as a homeowner? Below we’ll outline the steps that you can complete to keep your garage door in working order, and the steps you should leave to a garage door professional.
Steps You Can Complete
As a homeowner, there are several actions you can take to keep up both the visual and functional aspects of your garage door. And the best part is you don’t need handyman experience to do these jobs! As long as you have a strong pair of arms and a free afternoon, you can perform your garage door maintenance.
- Watch and Listen to Door Operation – Every couple of months, you should make a point to listen to your door open and close while watching the hardware operate. This is a great way to catch early signs of an issue like grinding or squeaking noises. Also, while you watch, notice if any of the interior parts seem to catch or strain during the cycle.
- Clean the Tracks – The interior tracks that run along your garage door and ceiling become blocked with debris and dust over time. This can cause rollers to pop out of place or accelerate unnecessary damage to your garage door system. That is why you should blow out the tracks and wipe them down annually.
- Visually Check Rollers, Springs, and Cables – During your watch and listen routine for your door, also inspect the rollers, springs, and cables. These are three important parts that carry a lot of tension from your heavy garage door. Check for visible wear like rusting, elongation, and fraying.
- Replace Weatherstripping – Along the bottom of your garage door, weatherstripping helps prevent water and cold air from entering your garage. However, it will eventually wear, creating a poor seal between your garage door and the floor. You should check the weatherstripping for cracking or damage, replacing it when the time comes.
- Clean or Paint Door Exterior – If your door exterior is starting to look worn, wipe it down with some dish soap and spray it off with a hose. This goes a long way to improve the look of your door. Also, you may consider a fresh coat of paint if your door is reaching the 5 or 10-year mark. This will bring new life to your curb appeal.
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Steps You Should Leave to the Professionals
Because even the smallest garage doors tend to weigh several hundred pounds, you need to approach garage door maintenance carefully. That is why the steps we will discuss next should be left to a professional garage door technician. They have the experience necessary to care for your door without the risk of injury to you or unnecessary damage to your garage door.
- Door Balance Test – Technicians complete this test to ensure that your garage door springs are balancing the weight of your door. This keeps unnecessary strain from damaging your garage door parts.
- Lubrication and Tightening of Moving Parts – Because garage door systems have multiple moving parts, it is important to allow a technician to annually lubricate and tighten everything. This prevents rollers from slipping off the track, quiets door operation, and many other necessary jobs.
- Check Garage Door Opener – A technician will also examine your garage door opener, especially testing its force and limits. This ensures the longevity of your opener, saving you from replacing this expensive motor.
- Test Safety System – Testing the garage door safety system is a vital element of garage door maintenance. This is the mechanism that prevents a door from injuring you or a family member through motion sensors and automatic reversal.
- Roller, Spring, and Cable Replacement – If it’s time for garage door parts replacement, you should leave these jobs to a professional. They can easily replace a roller, spring, or cable without injury to a person or damage to your door.
Give us a call at (757) 482-9350 or contact us at Garage Door Enterprises the next time you need assistance with garage door maintenance. We offer the best garage door service and can recommend products, answer questions, and respond quickly to any of your garage door needs.