Garage door maintenance is one of the best things you can do for your system. Each part on your door works together so your door opens and closes smoothly. However, maintenance is something that homeowners often forgot about. The team at Sevan Locks & Doors has some helpful tips on keeping your door working properly.
When you put something important on your calendar it’s hard to forget about it. Many garage door experts recommend that you have professional maintenance done on your door at least once every year. In the meantime, it’s important that you check on your door at least once a month.
Take a look at your regular schedule and place a date on the calendar for your monthly maintenance checks. You don’t need to set aside an entire day. It shouldn’t take you more than an hour to test out a few things on your system.
Not all garage door problems happen to the major parts of your system. Taking time to check the simple things like hinges, tracks, or sensors can save you from repairs later on.
Your door moves up and down many times each day. When this happens it’s easy for the small parts to loosen. Take a minute to tighten the hardware on your system. All you really need is a few minutes and a tool like a socket wrench to get the job done.
Take a few minutes to clear away any dirt from the tracks and security sensors. The door should lay perfectly in the tracks and any dirt makes it hard for the door to work. If you notice bent or damaged tracks, call your local company to have them repaired.
You should have a weather seal at the bottom of your door. This helps with climate control in your garage. It also keeps dirt and rain from entering your garage.
If the seal is worn out or ripped, you need to replace it right away. The seal also helps the door lay flat when it’s closed and protects your garage from damage.
It’s not hard to test the balance of your door. Start by disengaging the emergency release cord from the opener so you can manually open and close the door. Pull the door down half way. If the door stays by itself, that means the door is properly balanced.
If the door falls down, it usually means the springs aren’t working properly. Sometimes the springs get rusted or worn out. Let your local garage door experts know you need help balancing your door.
Springs, rollers, hinges, and other parts need a good amount of lubrication to work correctly. Applying lubrication is something you can do yourself a couple of times a year. However, you should still check for rust each month. Lubrication extends the life of the door’s mechanical parts.
Wipe away any rust you see on the mechanical parts and then apply a thick coat of lubricant on parts like hinges, nuts, bolts, tracks, and springs. Lubrication will help your parts last longer and keep you from dealing with emergency repairs.
Maintaining your garage door is also about keeping your home safe and secure. The team at Sevan Locks & Doors is always here to help you with your garage door maintenance. We hope these 4 simple steps will help you understand how to keep up with your door. Our friendly staff is always here to answer any questions you have.