Your garage door should be professionally serviced at least once a year for routine garage maintenance to prolong life. Bolts and screws should be tightened and some areas should be lubricated to ensure opening and closing without any issues.
It is also a good idea to check your garage monthly for any broken glass, unusual noises, a complete close and open without an issue, and determine if your garage opens manually from the outside without a garage opener. A reliable and safe garage will put your mind at ease as it is the main entrance to an individual’s home.
Before letting the garage door raise and lower manually, be sure to disconnect the opener. Excessive force should not be needed when opening the garage door manually. If this is the case, your garage may be in need of a service technician.
Also, notice if your garage moves up and down once you open your garage door halfway. If this is the case, the door is not properly balanced and needs to be fixed.
Look and Listen
Observe your garage every time you use it. Look for anything that looks off or out of sync. Listen for a grinding or high pitch noise that might not sound right. Be observant when using your garage, and take action immediately if something seems to be off.
There is a lot of movement happening each day if you find yourself using your garage. Statistics show that the garage is in use more than a thousand times a year. Since the garage is frequently used, the bolts and screws can loosen over time from the vibrations. A socket wrench can be used to tighten roller brackets and bolts.
Check the cables
The tension cables used to pull the garage door up are very powerful. Be very careful with this maintenance tip, and if anything seems to be off, hire a professional. Some things to look for are broken strands and damage near the bottom roller bracket.
Clear the Tracks
Clearing the tracks of any buildup, grease, debris, grime or dirt is very important when it comes to maintaining your garage. Use a rag or wipe to remove anything that might be prohibiting the tracks from properly functioning. This garage maintenance tip will help open and close the garage with ease.
Replace Weather Strip
A brittle or cracked weather strip on the bottom of the garage door will need to be replaced to keep any elements out of the garage. This one is easy to replace as weather strip parts can be found at your local hardware store.
Lubricate Moving Parts
‘A well-greased garage will add years to the life of your garage. Be sure to use a special grease on the opener’s chain or screw and a spray lubricant to coat the springs. Check online or with a professional garage expert such as Pacific Experts Garage Door on which grease and lubricant to use.