Your garage door is one of the largest moving parts of your home, so it can be extremely frustrating when you are dealing with a stuck garage door. To ensure the garage door operates quietly, smoothly and safely as it should, it is important to routinely inspect the door and provide the necessary maintenance. Here are a few maintenance tips to help you ensure your garage door operates the way it is intended to work.
Test Door’s Balance
One of the most common problems many people encounter with their garage door is it being unbalanced. If the garage door isn’t balanced properly it means the opener has to work harder to open and close the door, which will eventually lead to bigger problems. To check the balance of the garage door, pull the release handle to disconnect the opener and then lower or open the door about halfway. If the balance is correct, the door will hold its position without any help; however, if the door begins to move up or fall down, the spring’s tension needs to be adjusted.
Lubricate Moving Parts
Garage doors routinely need to be lubricated in order to keep them operating smoothly and safely. All metal parts should be lubricated at least once a year; however, if parts, such as the springs are rusted, do not lubricate them as they may break. It is important to focus on lubricating the hinges, the tracks, the rollers and the springs. To lubricate, use a penetrating solvent, such as WD-40 to spray into small, tight areas and use a light oil to lubricate the torsion spring.
Inspect for Damaged Parts
One of the most important types of maintenance you can do is visual evaluations. Every few months you should do a visual evaluation of all parts, including the door, tracks, springs and hinges. Look for frayed cables, rusted hinges, worn tracks and crooked roller wheels. Over time these parts begin to wear down, so it is essential that you routinely inspect them and make repairs as soon as you notice any possible problem.
Test Auto-Reverse Feature
Most modern garage doors are equipped with an auto-reverse feature, which means if there is something blocking the door from moving up or down, the garage door will automatically move up. This is designed to prevent people and pets from walking under the door while it is closing. To test the auto-reverse feature, place a brick or piece of wood under the door and attempt to close the door. If the door doesn't raise up when it detects the interference, contact a professional garage door repair company immediately to prevent the risk of injury.
Along with doing routine maintenance and visual inspections, it is also important to keep the door and its parts clean and free from dust, dirt and other debris. Routinely power washing the exterior of the garage and the garage door will help to reduce the risk of debris finding its way inside and on moving parts. With winter just around the corner, now is the ideal time to do necessary maintenance and if you notice any inconsistencies, especially with the balance or auto-reverse, contact Wayne Overhead to do a thorough inspection and make necessary repairs.
If you are concerned about the safety of your garage door, contact Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement to schedule an inspection.