Overhead Door Maintenance Tips
It is important that you perform maintenance on your garage doors periodically. Otherwise, you might find yourself spending more than necessary on expensive repairs or replacement of your garage door or opener. You use your garage door every time you go in and out of your house, which is often. With such a large mechanical device, chances are it will undergo wear and tear. Even though they are made of durable parts, regular check up on their integrity is needed to ensure they are without defect. Here are some tips on how to maintain your garage door.
Do visual inspection of your garage door from both inside your garage and outside and check if there are loose parts, bent or broken parts, worn out cables, or rust. Defects, like hitches and jerks, sometimes come out when you raise and lower the door. Locate all tracks, rollers, hinges, springs and latches and apply a highly penetrating oil or a water displacement spray to protect mechanical parts. Wipe off all traces of penetrating oil then apply general purpose oil on all the parts for further lubrication.
Wash the inside and outside of the door using common household detergent. Resealing or repainting of wooden garage doors need to be done periodically to keep them clean and shiny. You can replace the cracked or broken weather stripping around the door yourself.
If you are not a handy person when it comes to doing maintenance on your garage door, then hire a professional service company to do the job for you. For a door that is operated through a torsion spring assembly, the professional service company can keep it rust free and its mechanism operating trouble free. Injury or damage can result from poorly maintained tension springs that get broken or damaged. Chain-drive operated doors need to be lubricated by professionals for a better maintenance.
There are tests however that you yourself can perform on a monthly basis. One of the things you should regularly check is the door’s optic sensors and reverse mechanism. Wave the handle of a long-handled tool between the sensors as the garage door closes. The reversing mechanism should be triggered by the optic sensor.
Another thing you can do yourself is to test the reversing mechanism of your garage door. The test is done by placing a piece of wood where the bottom edge of the door will land; if the door reopens when it lands on the piece of wood, then the reverse mechanism is operating properly. Take note of any unusual grating or scraping sounds when the door is in operation, as it might point to a more serious problem later.
Ensure also that your remote controls are functioning properly.