Why Garage Door Maintenance Matters11/04/2013 Back To Blog
Maintaining the Garage Door
Regular garage door maintenance is not difficult to accomplish but it is very important. When inspecting the garage door for any signs it needs repair or a quick fix, be sure to include all of the garage door parts as part of that inspection. If you discover some, you can either do a small home solution or ask for help with the more complicated repairs.
Inspections should be done at least briefly whenever you are near different parts of the door and its system. Keep an eye out for any signs of wear or damage, such as parts which are slipping loose or tracks become worn out, or any other indications that things do not appear normal. Sound is equally important for casual inspections. If there are squeaks or squeals that definitely do not belong with the regular operation, lubrication maintenance may be necessary.
For those parts which are making too much noise, the easiest fix is to spray some oil or other lubricant over them until the noise stops. Other issues are more serious and may require the expertise of a trusted professional familiar with the situation. Worn out springs, damaged pulleys and unaligned tracks will require a professional to take responsibility for because they are difficult to perform and heavy to do without the right equipment and experience. The important thing is to keep an eye on these problems and solve them before they cause worse issues.
Door opener maintenance is also very important. The parts are fewer, but are just as essential for the safe operation of the door. Sensors maintenance is the most common need. The sensors are set at either end of the door and detect anything which is underneath the door and will halt the operation. These are critical for the safety of children and pets, as well as crucial for preventing damage to the door and whatever was underneath.
An easy form of maintenance is to check if they are working properly. Place something like a pile of rags or boards under the door and try to lower it. If the door is stopped and sent into reverse, you know the sensors are working properly. If it fails the test, then call a maintenance company to investigate why it did not work and correct the issue.
Basic garage door maintenance will prevent issues from causing an emergency by allowing the homeowner to notice things which may go wrong in the near future. This way, there is time enough to find a solution and avoid the issue altogether.