How to Maintain your Garage Door
Inspecting and maintaining your garage door at least once a year can prevent serious injuries and property damage. It is important to check it regularly for safety and functionality.
Below are some ways that you can maintain your garage door yourself, and minimize serious problems.
Clean your Garage Door
Since your garage door is usually the first thing you and your family sees with they get home, cleaning it yearly is very important. If you live in a salt air climate, more may be necessary.
Dilute 1 cup of detergent in 5 gallons of warm water, and clean the door with a soft sponge or cloth. Then, make sure all the detergent is rinsed off with a hose.
If you have wood doors, clean the outside by wiping it with a dry cloth. After cleaning the door, it may also require repainting or staining. Check your wooden door once at least once a year. It all depends on the door’s finish quality and the climate that your home is in to determine if it needs painting or staining.
Clean the inside of the door in the same manner as Step 1, depending on it’s condition. Since it isn’t exposed to the elements like the front of your door, it make be relatively clean. In that case, use a broom to remove cobwebs or any other debris that may have accumulated.
Every three months, a visual inspection should be done on your springs to make sure the are correctly and safely working.
- Torsion springs are high tension round springs above the garage door.
- Extension springs are long springs that are horizontally placed above the door’s roller tracks. To minimize pinching or any other injuries, wear gloves!
Check the rollers, tracks, cables, brackets and hinges for any problems every three months. If anything seems loose or worn, it may be time for a replacement.
Testing the door balance:
- Turn off the power to the garage door opener.
- Disengage the opener, usually by pulling the cord and handle from the trolley on the central track.
- Lift the door manually to waist level and then slowly release. If the door drops or rises, it isn't balanced correctly and should be looked at by an AmeriServe technician.
Within a garage door system, there are ropes, pulleys, tracks, rollers, springs, and all sorts of pieces equipment. When one source of metal creates a lot of friction against another, it can create loud, unpleasant squealing sounds and eventually even damage of the working components. To give your garage door the lubrication it needs, you will have to:
- Be sure to use the right kind of lubricant. Many homeowners try to use oil-based cleaners and products like WD-40 to lubricate their garage door parts, but it is actually suggested that you use a lithium or silicone-based lubricant. You can purchase these types of products at your local home improvement stores.
- Lubricate the right components. The hinges and areas of the door that bend and fold while the door is in operation are a good place to start. Then move onto your arm bar, locks, and rollers. Lubricate the top of the rail that lies against the ceiling as well. If you lubricate your rollers, there will be no need to also lubricate your tracks. Lubricating your tracks too much can cause the area to become sticky and build up dirt and debris. If your garage door utilizes torsion springs, those might need lubrication as well.
- Know when to call a professional. If you are unsure about how to lubricate your door, or loud sounds continue to occur, make sure to get in touch with a company that can service your garage door. What you may have initially thought was a lubrication problem could be a more serious issue, and deserves a thorough inspection