Our Top Garage Door Maintenance Tips
Your garage door and opener are in use multiple times a day. This regular use leads to wear and tear over time. If you want to avoid significant repair costs and the inconvenience of a malfunctioning garage door, make sure to perform regular maintenance. Don’t know where to start? Here are some of our top overhead garage door maintenance tips to get you going:
- Test Features: Your garage door opener should include a variety of safety features, some required by law. Test these features on a regular basis. The auto-reverse mechanism should be fully working, and your battery backup should engage when the opener is disconnected from power if your opener includes a battery backup.
- Lubricate Parts: Your garage doors many parts need to be properly lubricated for maximum effectiveness and to extend the lifespan of your garage door. This helps promote smooth operation. A spray lubricant can help on some of the smaller moving parts. Be careful, though: Too much lubricant can attract gunk, dust and debris, which will limit its effectiveness.
- Check Cables: Look along your cables for worn strands and any wear and tear near the roller bracket’s bottom. These are signs that you need to call a professional to help replace the cable.
- Test Balance: A garage door should be able to stay halfway open when disconnected from the automatic opener. Use the manual release mechanism to open your door halfway by hand. If it fails to stay open, your springs’ counterweight system is out of balance and in need of a tuneup.
- Inspect Rollers: Take a close look at your garage door’s rollers, searching carefully for cracks, chips and other wear and tear. You can count on a new set of rollers giving you about seven years of performance. Beyond that, it’s likely you’ll see the cracks and chips that necessitate replacement rollers.
- Smooth Operation: A garage door should be operating smoothly and with as little noise as possible when it’s working well. Is your garage door getting noisier? Have you noticed it starting to jerk when raising and lowering? These are signs that it’s time to take a look at the cables, pulleys and springs to ensure everything is aligned and working property.
- Clear Tracks: All manner of dirt, dust and grime can find its way into your garage and onto the garage door’s tracks. Use a simple soap and water solution to run a rag along the tracks and make sure they are fully clear.
- Tight Bolts: Your garage door is held in place by bolts throughout the system. After months and years of raising and lowering, your garage door’s bolts begin to shake loose. This can lead to issues with operation. Take a look at your garage door’s hardware to make sure bolts are tight.
- Replace Weatherstripping: Your garage door should be as energy-efficient as possible to ensure your heating and cooling bill remains low. Take a look at the rubber along the threshold of your door. If you notice that the seal is cracking or otherwise wearing away, consider replacing.
- Clean Up: The cleaner you keep your garage, the floor included, the better your garage door will operate and hold up over the long term.
If you find any issues that need further repair, or you have garage door maintenance questions, contact Banko for additional information or to schedule a repair.