Garage doors are a part of your home you never want to neglect. They provide privacy, security and keep out the elements, but they also tend to break down from time to time. This can lead to significant problems with other parts that may seem hard or impossible for most people to fix themselves! Thankfully there are many ways we could avoid these garage door issues before it even starts by following some simple tips below:
Check the garage door opener regularly for signs of wear and tear.
Having a functional garage door opener is an essential part of any home. Luckily, if there are signs of wear and tear, you can replace the elements with ease to ensure that they will continue functioning for years to come. For your opener's moving components to work correctly without issue, make sure you run them manually occasionally before next using this valuable component on your property or risk severe damage when winter rolls around again!
Clean your garage door at least twice a year.
You might not think of your garage door as an area that needs to be cleaned, but dirt and grime can build up over time. To keep this from happening, clean the surface at least twice a year with a mild detergent solution (or one you buy specifically for cleaning garage doors). You should also use silicone spray or lubricant on all hinges and other moving parts every few months. This will help them last longer while reducing noise during operation.
Keep the area around your garage door free from clutter.
It's essential to keep your garage door free from clutter since that can create a hazard for both you and the opener. If the area around your garage door is cluttered with anything but cars or other items necessary to put in or take out of the house, consider storing it all inside so it's not lying on the ground next to your home. This makes sure there isn't any debris near the tracks or chains which could get caught up, causing damage if they become loose (or worse).
Check the door's alignment.
When it comes to maintaining a garage door, it's important to make sure the door is aligned correctly. This will ensure that your opener can work without any difficulty and keep things from being damaged (i.e., your vehicle). Checking alignment every few months or so should be enough since most problems are caught sooner than later when you do this; if you think something might be wrong with the way the door opens or closes, call our experts for additional advice on what steps to take next.
Replace any worn-out cables or springs
Another critical part of maintaining your garage door is keeping all components in good working order. That means replacing any worn-out cables or springs as soon as you notice they're deteriorating, which usually only takes a few months for those parts to wear out. Cable drums are also an area that may need regular maintenance; we recommend inspecting them at least every six months and make sure the garage door spring can turn the tension adjustment knob (usually on the inside) quickly without resistance.
Adjust the door opener to make sure it is working properly
By adjusting the garage door opener, you can make sure it is working correctly. Check the lights that come on when the door opens and closes to confirm they are in proper working order (as well as any other safety features). If your opener has a reversing feature, we recommend using this periodically so heavier items don't cause damage or wear to the unit over time.
Finally, always disengage power before making any adjustments to ensure you will not be shocked by electric currents still present in wires from the recent use of your garage door opener.
Clean the door's tracks and rollers regularly
If you notice that your door is sticking, it could be due to the tracks and rollers. You may need a professional's help if this happens more than once or twice each year (particularly when there are strong winds or other weather conditions), but for most homeowners cleaning these parts on a regular basis should suffice.
We hope that this article has given you some helpful tips on how to avoid garage door problems. If you need a professional's assistance, our garage door repair team of expert technicians is available 24 hours a day, and we can be reached at 704-438-9600. Remember - if your garage door needs service or repair, it is best not to attempt the repairs yourself, as safety should always come first!