The Importance of Regular Garage Door Maintenance
Some Tips for Safe Do-It-Yourself Maintenance
Regular maintenance of your garage door is as important as maintaining your car’s engine. Garage doors not only provide convenience but they also provide security for your home. Prolong the working life of your new garage door. It is very important for you to know the proper way to maintain the garage door to ensure its trouble-free operation. It’s also important to take appropriate measures in order to minimize injury.
Here are some useful tips for maintaining your garage door mechanism properly.
1. Inspect your garage door regularly:
You should regularly check the hardware of your garage door including moving parts such as wheels, springs, cables and hinges. Also ensure that the door open and close sensor is functioning properly if you have one. If you identify any signs of erosion, damage or broken parts, call Modern Garage Solutions for free advice. It is always best to get anything tricky repaired by a qualified garage door technician. It may even be covered by warranty.
2. Clean your garage door regularly:
This might sound superfluous, but Garage doors must be cleaned regularly, even if there is no visible dirt or debris. The objective of keeping your door mechanism clean is to ensure that the door and motor are working smoothly. To keep the surface of your garage door clean, wash it with clean soapy water and a cloth or sponge. Ensure that you do not use acidic substances or alkaline liquids. If you’ve set aside some time to wash your car, you could also give the garage door a quick wash too.
3. Lubricate the moving parts of your garage door:
Aside from checking for obvious trouble signs, you should also check that the moving parts of the garage door are properly lubricated. Use the recommended lubricant and refer to the instruction manual provided by the garage door manufacturer. Do not oil or grease the tracks! A common problem we see when going out to inspect garage doors, is clogged up tracks and catches. The grease attracts all dust and debris and tracks are the one part of your mechanism which should always be kept obstruction free.
4. Clean the bearings:
Once you have cleaned the tracks, next, you must clean the bearings. Use the manufacturer’s recommended lubricating solution for lubricating the wheel bearings so that your garage door can move properly.
5. Examine the safety extras:
Ensure that you check the safety extras on regular basis. Examine the reverse safety and check if any modification would be required to be made to anything related to the reverse safety.
6. Oil your garage door springs:
Something as simple and inexpensive as a can of lubricant can ensure that your springs are not only working to their full potential, but it will eliminate the noise from the door mechanism. Do not over do it with lubricant spray. The last thing you want is oil dripping on to your door, car or garage floor.
These are just some tips that you should keep in mind while cleaning your garage door. Maintenance is an ongoing task and it is highly essential to maintain your new or old doors to keep them in tip-top condition and to ensure proper functioning in the years to come.