Garage Door Maintenance Tips for Spring Time!
TEST DOOR BALANCE
As springtime approaches, you will see garage door use increase. Here are a few Garage Door Maintenance Tips. Testing the evenness or balance of your garage door is also a telltale way of examining if other areas of the garage door unit are starting to fail. The steps for testing a door’s balance include:
- Closing the garage door
- Disconnecting the door from the opener, generally by pulling the red release cord.
- Opening and closing the door by hand to see if it opens smoothly and naturally. Lubricating the rollers or springs may help with the opening and closing transition.
- Open the door hallway and let it go of it. The door shouldn’t rise or slam to the ground. It is off balance if it does.
INSPECT BOLTS, HINGES, CABLES
The bolts, hinges, and cables of your garage door should also be checked for any impeding defects. A bolt simply breaking off is rare, but it happens. Cables can lose tension and hinges can come unscrewed, so give it all a good detailed glance. These garage door maintenance tips are helpful to make sure that your bolts and other items haven’t rusted, or locked up during the winter season.
SPRINGS ARE DANGEROUS, both when they break and when DIY maintenance is involved. While a professional should be called in to replace torsion springs (or anything on your garage marked red for that matter) you can make it part of your maintenance checklist to inspect them. Check both springs to look for signs of wear, fragility, or rust. Just lubing them up can repair some issues. Springs will wear out, but proper maintenance lengthens their use.
CHECK THE TRACK
The track is the road for your garage door. Making sure it’s intact is an important part of garage door maintenance. Make sure there’s no debris impeding the path of the rollers and that the track isn’t cracking or defective in some way.
Any good garage door maintenance involves inspection of the rollers. A door with defunct rollers operates like a car with a flat tire- its wobbly, uneven, and annoying. Check your garage door rollers to see if they’re corroded, chipped, or sticking to the sleeve they’re contained in. Sometimes they’ll need to be replaced. At other times, simply lubing them up will remedy the noise stickiness.