Having a garage can really make life easier, but if not paid attention to it can be a safety risk for you, your family, and especially children. With that natural wear and tear, the garage door wire can slip off or the door opener does not work, thus endangering your things and the people near your door.
In order to keep going well, it is important to do regular maintenance in order to avoid expensive repairs. Here are 10 tips on caring for garage doors for homeowners will help keep your doors working properly for years to come. This treatment tip does not require any special skills and usually takes less than 10 minutes each.
Required Materials Required – Avoid last minute hardware store trips by having all your materials onsite and ready ahead of time. You may not use every tool listed, but if available it will save you time and frustration.
The wrench is set
Lubricants / Cleansers (WD-40)
White Lithium Grease
A flat-blade screwdriver
Garage door roll
There is no other part of your house that is experiencing much wear and tear like your garage door. You never realize how often you use your garage door until the day it breaks down on you. The majority of families in the United States use the garage as the main entrance to their home, used many times throughout the day, thousands of times per year. When stored in good condition, can provide security and storage according to your wishes.
To ensure safety while working in your garage, remember to never remove the elevator cables. The garage cable is under extreme pressure and will be cut like a knife if released.
Never try to adjust or remove the garage door springs. This is a job that should be left only for professionals.
1.) Pay Attention
When was the last time you checked your garage door visually? You may not be a certified technician, but you can take the time to check your garage.
If you have a metal garage, check for rust spots. This area should be sanded, forged and painted. If you have a wooden garage door, it should be checked for water damage. If not sealed properly, the wooden garage may warp and lose its shape over time.
It will also be good to wash your door regularly with cleaning all the goals. Your garage door makes most of the outside of your house, so keep it clean and tidy will have a positive effect on the appearance of your home.
2.) Watch & Listen To Your Door As It Operates
Do you have a noisy garage door? Do the springs and wires on both sides look symmetrical? Does it move smoothly? Or is it annoying in certain places?
Taking the time to observe and listen to your garage every time you use it is the best precaution that any homeowner can take. By doing this, you will be aware when something goes wrong, or when something goes wrong.
3.) Balance Testing
First, release the opening. You do this by pulling the red handle at the end of the red wire. Once disconnected, open the door about half way. If the garage door starts to close itself, then the garage door is not balanced properly. The spring on the door needs to be adjusted again. We recommend contacting a certified professional to repair or replace your springs.
Your garage opener should work harder if the door is not properly balanced. This will eventually shorten the life of the door.
4.) Safety Feature Test (Auto-Reverse)
There are two security mechanisms in your garage: mechanics and photocells. The door that does not have this safety feature is outdated and needs to be replaced soon.
To test the mechanical safety features in your garage, place solids on the ground in the path of the garage door. When the garage touches the object when it closes, it should automatically go back up.
When testing the feature of the photocell in your garage, simply stick your feet on the door as it closes. Your feet will be in contact with the photoelectric (invisible) beam that extends at the bottom of the door. The garage should automatically reverse once your feet touch the photoelectric beam.
5.) Inspect the Cables Visually
You should not touch the cord. This high voltage cable is responsible for lifting doors. They have enough power to cause serious injury, even death. You can visually check that the garage cable also if there is a broken strand or anything damaged. If you see any damage, you should hire a professional.
6.) Clear The Tracks
Look at the tracks on both sides of the door. Clean the garage door so there is no debris or garbage. Also, look for physical damage that makes sure it is straight and aligned. A damaged track can cause the door to not be smooth and will be very noisy.
Spray the garage hole with orange-based solvent or WD-40, then wipe everything with a cloth. If necessary, use a used toothbrush to loosen dirt and dirt, then wipe with a cloth.
Major repairs or adjustments to the tracks must be handled by professional garage door technicians.
7.) Apply Oil to the Moving Section
Ten minutes of work can add to the age of your garage door. Keeping the door of your door lubricated will keep your garage running smoothly and calmly. You should use white lithium oil on your garage opening chain and spray lubricant on rollers, hinges, pads and tracks. Also apply oil to the garage door opening or screw drive.
Remember, do not ever try to do work on springs or wires. Let it be professional.
8.) Replace Weatherstripping (If Needed)
Weatherstrip is a piece of rubber that sticks to the bottom of your door. This is called U-shaped astragal. It makes rain water, debris and rodents enter your garage. Check along the side of the door and adjust the stripping if necessary.
You should replace the rubber strip on your door if it starts cracking and falling apart. Use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the old weather strip before installing a new one.
They are easy to find in hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s and are usually sold on foot. All you have to do is find the width that best suits your situation, cut it to fit your garage, then plug it in. You may also contact your local workshop company if you have further questions or concerns.
9.) Check All Bolts & Screws In Your Door
Check and tighten the brackets on the rollers and bolts with the wrench (socket). The average garage is opened and closed more than a thousand times a year. It is easy for hardware, screws and bolts to be sagging with all movement and vibration.
10.) Replace The Rollers
A cracked, worn or broken garage grinder must be replaced immediately. You should only try replacing the rollers if they are not installed on the door wiring system.
Whether you have nylon rollers or steel rollers in your garage, they should be checked at least twice a year and should be replaced every 7 years. If you often use your door, then you should immediately check your rollers throughout the year.
If you still feel as if you do not have enough time to do this kind of check up, then contact a garage door professional to schedule an appointment. Most garage companies offer affordable tune up services to keep your garage doors operating smoothly.