Garage door maintenance

We often make the mistake of ignoring our garage door opener and just assuming that it will continue to function perfectly forever. However, because it plays such an important role in our everyday life when something does start to go wrong, it can cause a major headache. That’s why it’s vital that you get regularly schedule garage door maintenance so that you don’t get stuck with expensive repairs.

Keeping a garage door opener “healthy” can be easy by following simple routines:

1. Pay attention to your automatic garage doors while they’re in motion

Although the opening of your automatic garage door opener may not be very interesting, it’s essential that you pay attention to how it looks and sounds when it is moving. If you notice spasms in the movements or hear scraping sound, this is an indication that the door isn’t well-tuned and warrants a check of the cables and springs to ensure everything is symmetrical and undamaged.

2. Clean the tracks regularly

Both the roller and the sides of the garage door tracks should be inspected frequently. Use a level to check alignment and make sure that the tracks are always clean. If you notice anywhere in need of adjustments make sure to contact a professional.

3. Secure the hardware

Garage door motor is often operating over a thousand times a year so naturally, there is a risk of the hardware loosening as a result of the vibrations. Make sure to examine the brackets that keep the tracks held firmly to the walls and ceiling and tighten any loose screws and bolts.

4. Inspect the rollers

At least two times a year you should make sure that the rollers are adequately inspected and consider a replacement approximately every 5-7 years. If there are any chips or cracks or if it has been heavily worn down, then you change them even sooner. Reinstallations and replacements are fairly simple and can be achieved by removing then reinstalling the brackets.

5. Keep any moving parts well lubricated

To encourage a longer lifespan for the moving components, they should be routinely lubricated. This can take as little as 15 minutes a year which will keep everything operating smoothly. Examples of moving parts include rollers and hinges and they can be lubricated with white lithium grease.

6. Check the balance

A door that is not well balanced will not last as long as it should. A simple way to test this is by pulling the release handle on your automatic garage doors and then lifting the door manually until it is open about halfway. A well balanced door should remain in place so if it doesn’t this indicates that the springs have worn down and you should call someone in to replace them.

7. Inspect the weatherstripping

Weatherstripping is essential for insulation purposes as well as keeping out rain and dirt. Make sure you are checking the condition of the weatherstripping at least two times a year. The good news is, even if it is damaged, it can be easily replaced and purchased from most home improvement stores.

Take advantage of garage door services today

Given how important garage door openers are for the running of our daily lives, they should be taken care of as often as you can. Routine garage door services are the easiest way to achieve this and make sure that no part of your garage door is missed. Our team of residential garage door service in Perth at 247 Garage Doors are always available to help you out so give us a call and get your garage serviced today!


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