6 Tips for Proper Garage Door Maintenance
Maintenance is paramount to keeping your garage door functioning properly for longevity and safety. It is estimated that, on average, your garage door will go up and down about a thousand times a year. That is a lot of wear and tear on your system! More specifically, because there are many moving parts (such as the springs, rollers, and end bearing plates) to a garage door system it is easy for a domino effect to occur if one part is not cared for.
To start preventative care today consider the following six tips:
- Inspect and tighten all roller brackets and the bolts that hold the rails
- Inspect rollers for damage that may look like chipping or cracking
- Inspect where the cable attaches to the bottom roller bracket for broken strands
- If you have a chain drive or a screw drive opener lubricate the chains with white lithium grease yearly
- Lubricate springs with a cleaner such as WD-40 to prevent corrosion
- Check that the weather stripping on the bottom of the door is not brittle or worn, if so it’s time to replace
Lastly, the #1 reason for a typical garage door movement malfunction is the misalignment of safety sensors. Always check that your sensors are aligned and functioning by checking that the sensor lights are on. Sensors are motor/opener specific, be sure to check what model you have before troubleshooting. At times even the slightest touch can knock them out of alignment. In fact, depending on the positioning of your home, sunlight can interfere with sensor functionality.