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Anything with moving parts faces the risk of deterioration due to wear and tear. Regular upkeep is the only way to make mechanical equipment last longer. Your garage door is probably the largest moving component in your home that requires regular maintenance. Here are some essential garage door maintenance tips which you ought to practice at least twice a year to keep your garage door working functioning all year round.

Pay attention

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Your garage door is something you’re likely to use multiple times every day. Every time you open or close the door pay attention to the way it functions. 

Does it look like it is opening and closing smoothly? Does it seem to have slowed down? Do you hear any grinding or scraping noises? Do all the parts, such as the garage door springs, pulleys, and cables look like they’re in place and aligned correctly?

Conduct safety tests

Here are some simple safety tests you ought to conduct on your garage door system. If the door fails any of these tests, immediately reach out to a professional for repairs. Homes older than 20 years may not have automatic garage door openers. In that case, it may be time to buy a new one.

Balance test

Put your garage doors into manual mode by disconnecting the opener. Manually open the door halfway and let it go. Ideally, the door should stay in place. If it begins to drop, it is an indicator that the balance is off and needs professional repair.

Reverse test

This is to test the mechanical reverse feature of the door. Place a wooden block or brick in the path of the door, and activate the door to close. When the door comes into contact with the obstruction, it ought to reverse back up. If it does not, it requires the attention of a technician.

Photocell function test

Your garage door’s photosensors will be located at the base of the door. Check if they are aligned properly. When they are aligned properly, they light up. Make adjustments to change alignment if needed. 

Activate your garage door to close, and then wave an object between the two sensors. This ought to make your door reverse immediately. If that doesn’t happen, you need to hire a technician to look at it.

Rollers inspections and replacement

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All garage doors have rollers made of either steel or nylon. These need to be inspected at least twice a year and replaced every seven years. 

If you see any rollers are chipped, cracked, worn, or chipped, replace them. However, do not touch roller brackets attached directly to the cable system yourself.

Weatherstripping replacement

Weatherstripping keeps the elements out of your home. If you notice the weather stripping at the bottom of the door is brittle or cracked, replace it immediately. You can buy a weather seal by the foot from your local home improvement store. All you will need to do is cut it to size and stick it on.

Lubrication

Lubricating the moving parts of your garage door will keep it working seamlessly, and you will need to do this only for ten minutes once every year. The preferred lubricant for the garage door opener chain or screw is white lithium grease. Consult your garage door technician to find out which lubricant spray is best suited for your overhead springs.

Cable inspection

Garage door cables are high tension cables that, if handled without the correct know-how, can maim or even kill you. So while repairs of these cables should be left to the professionals, knowing when they need attention is important.

If you notice broken cable strands or any damage near the bottom roller bracket, call garage door professionals to replace the cables immediately.

Regular cleaning

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Regularly clean all dust and debris from the roller tracks on either side of your garage door to keep it working efficiently. 

It would also not be amiss to use a level and check the door for plum every now and then. If you feel the tracks need any adjustment, reach out to an experienced technician to handle the job.

Garage door grooming

Wash your garage door as often as you can using a mild all-purpose cleaner. If you have a steel garage door, check for signs of rust spots that may need to be sanded, primed, and painted. Wood doors will need to be checked for warping, shopping, water damage, and peeling paint.

Caution!

Safety should always be your primary concern while conducting any maintenance activities. While working on your garage doors, there are some aspects you should never try to work on yourself. 

We have already spoken about door lift cables. You must also never work on torsion springs or on any bolts that are red either. It would also be prudent to consult your garage door operating manual before attempting any maintenance activities.

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Essential upkeep: Garage door maintenance tips was last modified: July 12th, 2021 by Narayan Shrouthy

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