Here is a short list of garage door maintenance that you can do on a regular basis to keep your garage door in proper working order:
Exterior maintenance primarily applies to wood garage doors that need to be stained every few years to protect the wood garage door and maintain a nice appearance.
LocksForcing a lock will usually result in a key breaking off inside the lock cylinder. The simple rule does not force a key. A graphite-based lock lubricant can be sprayed into the lock and then you can try to work it gently. If you find that the key is turning freely, but the lock is not working properly, you can check the lock bars on the inside for proper alignment.
Lubricate Rollers And Hinges
Set up your own maintenance schedule as to how often you should lubricate the garage door rollers and hinges. If a garage door is used frequently then you would naturally lubricate it more often.
Look For Loose Bolts
Every time a garage door opens and closes it is putting tension on the bolts holding the Garage door springs. Look for excessive wear and tear as well. Be aware that these bolts are holding the springs under high stress. If there is a question of whether these bolts are in danger of being too loose, you should let a trained GoPro Garage Door Repair technician fix the bolts safely.
Cleaning The Garage Door Tracks
Cleaning the garage door tracks is a simple task, but it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent your garage door from becoming damaged. The tracks are the metal guide rails that run along the perimeter of your doorway. When you drive your car into the garage, it rolls along the tracks. Dust and dirt can build up over time on the tracks.
Eventually, these items can become lodged in between the track and whichever part of your vehicle rides on it. This can cause the car to become stuck or the garage door to become damaged. You should clean your garage door tracks every two weeks to prevent this from happening.
Check And Adjust Safety Sensors
Another important garage door maintenance task that homeowners can do on a regular basis is to check and adjust the garage door opener’s safety sensors. These sensors are located on either side of the garage door opening and are designed to detect any objects or people in the path of the door. Over time, the sensors can become misaligned, which can prevent the door from closing properly or even cause it to reverse direction unexpectedly.
To check the sensors, simply place an object in the path of the door while it’s closing. If the door stops and reverses direction, the sensors are working properly. If not, it’s time to adjust the sensors so they’re properly aligned.
Balance Check And Adjustment
To check the balance of your garage door, start by disconnecting the electrical opener from the power source. This will ensure that no accidental opening happens during adjustment. Then,
manually open and close the door a few times while carefully considering how much effort it takes to move it up and down.
If there is any extra resistance or looseness in either direction, you may need to adjust its tension springs or cables so that they evenly support both sides of the door as it moves up and down. Tightening these components too much can overwork them and cause them to snap suddenly; if adjustments are needed, always consult a professional for guidance on how best to do this safely.
Safety Inspections are important for the longevity and reliability of your garage door. It is recommended to have a professional complete an annual safety inspection of your garage door system. During this inspection, the technician will check all components of the system such as tracks, springs, cables, rollers, and other hardware to ensure they are in good working order.
Additionally, the technician will check for any loose connections or weak spots that could cause future issues with your garage door’s operation. If any problems are found during the inspection they will be addressed immediately so you can rest assured that your system is functioning properly.