Tips on Garage Door Maintenance
Garage doors need periodic maintenance if you expect them to last for a long time. This is the best way to avoid spending more on expensive repairs or replacement of your garage door or opener. You use your garage door every time you go in and out of your house, which is often. With such a large mechanical device, chances are it will undergo wear and tear. Even though they are made of durable parts, regular check up on their integrity is needed to ensure they are without defect. I have listed some helpful tips in maintaining a garage door.
You can take note of the condition of your garage door by inspecting for rust, loose parts, bent or broken parts, or worn out cables. Observe any hitches or jerks when you raise and lower your garage door. Locate all tracks, rollers, hinges, springs and latches and apply a highly penetrating oil or a water displacement spray to protect mechanical parts. Get a clean cloth and rub off the excess penetrating oil and apply drops of general purpose oil on the parts to keep them lubricated.
On the door itself, use household detergent to clean it from accumulated dust and dirt. Resealing or repainting of wooden garage doors need to be done periodically to keep them clean and shiny. You can replace the cracked or broken weather stripping around the door yourself.
If you are going to hire a professional service company to do your garage door maintenance, then you expect it to do a more thorough maintenance job. There are certain types of doors that are torsion spring operated, and this needs a professional to ensure that the spring is free from rust and is operating perfectly. Injury or damage can result from poorly maintained tension springs that get broken or damaged. The professional service company can do a better maintenance job in lubricating chain-drives.
There are tests however that you yourself can perform on a monthly basis. Your garage door is equipped with an optic sensor and a reversing mechanism that you can do simple tests to check. With the use of a long handled tool, test the optic sensor of the door by waving it between the sensors as the door lowers. The reversing mechanism should be triggered by the optic sensor.
Another thing you can do yourself is to test the reversing mechanism of your garage door. Test the reverse mechanism of the garage door by placing a piece of wood where the door will close; the door should reverse and reopen once it hits the piece of wood. Take note of any unusual grating or scraping sounds when the door is in operation, as it might point to a more serious problem later.
Then, check the remote controls for proper functioning.