Your garage door is the largest moving part on your home, and if you’re like most people, yours is used multiple times a day. Keeping your garage door operating smoothly through preventative maintenance is something all home owners can do.
Here’s our list of the Top 10 things you can do to keep your garage door functioning properly:
The first step is to observe your garage door while it is operating. Is it jerking, popping or grinding? If you feel like some days you’d be safer walking out of the front door than under that future safety hazard that may be your garage door, its a good sign your garage door may be in need of a tune-up.
2. Tighten All Loose Nuts, Bolts and Screws
Over time through the constant vibration caused by operating your garage door, the hardware on your door will start to shake loose. Loose hardware can cause jerkiness and inevitably a non functioning garage door. Safety tighten all of your bolts and brackets.
Like everything else in life, lubrication reduces friction, which reduces the wear and tear that takes place over time to your garage door hardware. We always recommend using silicone based garage door lube and lubricating all of your moving hardware once or twice a year. This would be your rollers, garage door springs, hinges, pulleys, cable loops and bearing plates. This simple 5 minute process can extend the life of your garage door dramatically.
4. Inspect your Cables
We never recommend attempting to replace the cables under tension that physically lift your garage door. There is enough force there to kill and it should be handled by a professional. However, you can examine them for rust or fraying, which is a good indicator the time to make the call to have them replaced is upon us.
5. Garage Door Balance Test
A properly balanced garage door is like a business partner to your garage door opener. If your garage door isn’t lifting the right amount of weight, your garage door opener will have to work harder and won’t last as long.
Pull the emergency (while the garage door is closed) and manually lift the garage door halfway open. If your door doesn’t stay up, your spring system is imbalanced and should be serviced or replaced by a service professional.
6. Inspect and Replace Garage Door Rollers
Just like your tires, your rollers should be inspected a routinely replaced when worn down. After the bearings wear down, or the wheels crack, your roller won’t roll properly, which affects how ell your garage door functions. Rollers are replaced by removing and reinstalling any roller brackets that are not directed attached to the cables.
7. Clear Debris
Most garages collect leaves, dirt and storage. Don’t be embarrassed if you fall into this category. However, if your junk is binding up your garage door, you will be embarrassed when your local service professional comes to save the day and finds one of your golf clubs stuck in the track keeping the door from closing. Make sure the track is clear on either side of debris and miscellaneous objects.
8. Replace Weatherstripping
Over time mice, weather and sometimes the back end of a car will damage your weatherstripping. This keeps the elements out of your garage which helps maintain the proper functionality of your hardware. If you notice any chipping, cracks or gaps, its a good sign that its time to stop by your local hardware store or call a professional to replace it.
9. Reinforce or Replace
Life happens. That being said, sometimes in while in a rush, customers will run into their garage doors thinking they have fully opened. While this is common issue this days, you should have whichever panels are damaged replaced or reinforced. Continuing to function your garage door with binding or misaligned panels will eventually cause issues elsewhere.
10. Keep is Clean
Just like your kitchen, favorite sports car or fine china – a clean garage door keeps everyone happy. Keeping it clean keeps hardware and medal from rusting and collecting build up which can make replacing parts more difficult. This simple step can save you time a possibly money if a technician comes out and has to spend extra time filling corrosion off of prime components to replace others.
Not to mention, your garage door makes up a large portion of the exterior of your home. Keep it clean and I promise your neighbors won’t be mean… well… as mean.