The Essential Guide to Garage Door Maintenance
Maintaining your garage door is crucial to ensure its longevity and functionality. Regular maintenance can prevent inconvenient breakdowns, enhance security, and even increase your home’s curb appeal.
Here’s what you should look out for and how you can either self-fix minor issues or decide when it’s time to call in the professionals at Same Day Garage Door Services.
DIY Fixes for Your Garage Door Maintenance
Garage door maintenance doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are several quick fixes that homeowners can do to extend the life of their garage doors and ensure they operate smoothly.
From visual inspections to simple lubrication, these maintenance steps can prevent larger issues and save you money in the long run (who doesn’t like saving money?).
Visual and Auditory Inspection
Let’s start with a simple visual check. Look for signs of wear and tear on the springs, cables, rollers, and pulleys. Check for any loose hardware or hinges, and ensure the door is symmetrical on both sides.
If you notice rust or corrosion, it’s time to take action.
Remember that your ears are just as important as your eyes regarding maintenance. Listen for any unusual noises when the door operates.
Grinding, scraping, or loud clicking sounds can indicate that parts are not moving smoothly and need some TLC.
Balance and Reversal Tests
A well-balanced door will stay in place when lifted halfway and released. To test this, when the door is closed, pull the release handle (usually a red cord) to disconnect the opener and manually move the door halfway up.
If it doesn’t stay put, the springs may need adjustment or replacement—a job best left to professionals.
Modern garage door opener’s are equipped with a safety feature that makes them reverse if they hit an obstacle. Place a 2×4 wood board on the ground where the door would close. If the door doesn’t automatically reverse upon hitting the wood, the opener’s sensitivity needs to be adjusted.
Most garage door owner’s manuals are available online.
Weatherstripping and Lubrication
Check the weatherstripping along the sides and top of the opening of the garage and the bottom of the door. If it’s brittle or cracked, it’s time to replace it. If you have the correct seal, this can be a simple DIY task that can prevent water, debris, and pests from entering your garage.
A little lubrication can go a long way. Use a garage door specific or any silicone-based lubricant on the opener’s chain, rail, or screw; as well as on the door’s springs, hinges, rollers, and tracks. Do not use WD-40 as it is an oil-based cleaner, not a lubricant.
Tightening and Cleaning
The vibration of a moving garage door can loosen hardware over time. Use a socket wrench to tighten all roller brackets and bolts.
Tip: Most garage door bolts and nuts require a 7/16” or ½” wrench or socket.
Keep the tracks clean to ensure smooth operation. Wipe them with a damp cloth and remove any buildup. Using a common degreasing spray can work wonders!
Paint and Finish Maintenance
If your garage door is wooden, check for water damage and warping. A fresh coat of paint or sealer can protect against the elements.
For metal doors, clean off dirt and dust and use a latex-based exterior enamel paint. It is highly recommended to use a sprayer for application.
When to Call the Pros
Sometimes, garage door maintenance can reveal issues that are best handled by professionals. Knowing when to call in the experts can save you from the hassle and potential danger of trying to fix complex problems yourself. Here’s when it’s time to step back and let the pros here at Same Day Garage Door Services take over.
Handling High-Tension Parts
If you encounter broken springs or frayed or snapped cables, it’s best to leave the replacement to the professionals due to the extreme high tension involved.
Opener and Structural Issues
Opener malfunctions or significant structural damage to the door are complex issues that require professional expertise.
Additionally, any significant damage to the door itself should be professionally assessed.
Annual Professional Inspection
Even if you’re a DIY enthusiast, an annual inspection by a professional is recommended to ensure all components are in optimal condition.
Remember, while regular garage door maintenance can be a DIY task, there are times when it’s safer and more cost-effective to hire experts. Same Day Garage Door Services offers skilled technicians who can ensure that your garage door operates safely and efficiently.
By entrusting your garage door maintenance to the professionals, you can rest assured that it will serve you well for years to come.
Call Same Day Garage Door Services Today!
For any issues including basic maintenance, Same Day Garage Door Services is here to help. With expert technicians and prompt service, we ensure your garage door is safe and reliable.
Visit us at Same Day Garage Door Services to schedule your garage door maintenance or repair today and keep your garage door functioning flawlessly.
Same Day Garage Door Services, LLC
1176 East Warner Road #117
Gilbert, AZ 85296
5861 S Kyrene Rd Suite 1
Tempe, AZ 85283