Tips on Garage Door Maintenance
Your garage door needs regular maintenance. Otherwise, you might find yourself spending more than necessary on expensive repairs or replacement of your garage door or opener. Garage doors are one of the most used mechanical devices in your home. 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. Remember the following tips for maintaining your garage door.
You can take note of the condition of your garage door by inspecting for rust, loose parts, bent or broken parts, or worn out cables. Observe any hitches or jerks when you raise and lower your garage door. Use penetrating oil or water displacement spray on all mechanical moving parts — tracks, rollers, hinges, springs and latches. Get a clean cloth and rub off the excess penetrating oil and apply drops of general purpose oil on the parts to keep them lubricated.
On the door itself, use household detergent to clean it from accumulated dust and dirt. In order to keep wooden garage doors clean and shiny, you need to do resealing or repainting every so often. If the weather stripping around the door is damaged, it is easy to replace it.
If you are not a handy person when it comes to doing maintenance on your garage door, then hire a professional service company to do the job for you. For a door that is operated through a torsion spring assembly, the professional service company can keep it rust free and its mechanism operating trouble free. Tension springs that are not well maintained may break and cause serious damage or injury. Chain-drive operated doors need to be lubricated by professionals for a better maintenance.
However, each month you can do some maintenance checks yourself. Your garage door is equipped with an optic sensor and a reversing mechanism that you can do simple tests to check. With the use of a long handled tool, test the optic sensor of the door by waving it between the sensors as the door lowers. 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. Test the reverse mechanism of the garage door by placing a piece of wood where the door will close; the door should reverse and reopen once it hits the piece of wood. Take note of any unusual grating or scraping sounds when the door is in operation, as it might point to a more serious problem later.
Ensure also that your remote controls are functioning properly.