Like most things, Garage Doors have moving parts that need to be maintained regularly. Regular Garage Door Maintenance will contribute to the garage door’s reliability and longevity. A reliable garage door could last for decades. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure that it does.
First of all, it’s important to give the garage door a look and listen test. When you open and close the door are there any strange sounds? Does the door move smoothly in its track? If the door’s making a rubbing sound, try to locate the sound—eyes only, don’t put hands anywhere near the moving parts of a garage door! Also, if the door comes jarringly up the track, check the track when the door is in a down position. Both sides of the garage door’s moving parts—springs, cables, and pulleys—should look symmetrical.
It’s a common problem for a garage door to have problems with the springs. Springs are under intense pressures and often, because of this, the springs can wear out or break over time. A worn spring could cause the garage door to stick in its track, or open and close jarringly. To check the springs, disable the garage door opener, and lift the garage door halfway up into its track. If the door balances there, the springs are in good condition. If the door doesn’t balance, it’s often the springs, and, because springs are a notoriously dangerous component to fix, it is important to call a professional.
It’s also important to keep the garage door and the moving components lubricated. There should never be any lubricant applied to the track. This can do more harm than it would do good. The track can be wiped clean, but lubricant could cause the door to slip in its track. Lubricants can be applied to all the moving parts of the garage door. For Garage door opener models, like Screw and Chain Drive models, it is also important to lubricate this component.
Also, make sure that all of the safety components are working properly. The safety sensors should be working appropriately: the sensors are lit with green lights and the door can be closed by pressing the garage door opener.
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