Garage Door Maintenance Checklist03/30/2017 Back To Blog
Here are some basic steps to take in order to keep your garage door in perfect shape for long years to come.
Keep it Clean
There is a whole host of issues that can arise from leaving your garage door opener to become incredibly dirty and rusty through a lack of regular door maintenance. If your design has tracks you need to keep them clear for the door run along them smoothly. A buildup of dirt within each track section can lead to blockage or misalignment. Sensors can be disturbed and disabled if they are covered in layers of dirt that gets too thick. If the sensors are in a state where they are constantly detecting an obstacle they will prevent the door from opening past a certain point or moving at all. The compartment that houses the battery, motor and electrical systems can be warm for sustained amounts of time after they have been activated. This can attract all kinds of insects and other creatures. Give it a check and clean regularly to avoid a huge buildup of waste that can cause problems for the equipment.
Check Track, Springs, and Rollers
Track repair and realignment will be needed if you allow dents and minor track damage to develop. If the door keeps catching, its alignment can be thrown off eventually. It is best to keep tracks running smoothly by cleaning and lubricating them frequently. Springs can be very dangerous if left with rust and damage until they snap. A broken spring can be a very sharp object if not contained, and the action of it unleashing its tension can be extremely hazardous. Look for signs of rust patches, weakening strength or increasing tightness, each of these could be signs that you need a spring replacement. Rollers will rattle and create an unsmooth motion as they deteriorate. Look for flat spots or damaged wheels if your door is struggling with friction while opening and closing. The joint of rollers can be lubricated, but be careful not to spill excessive amounts on the surface of the rollers themselves. You must be cautious with the type of lubrication you use. Some lubricant products will not be suitable as they are sensitive to changing temperatures. You should always ensure you use a lubricant that is designed for outdoor machinery.
Check Bolts, Hinges, and Cables
The vibrations created throughout your garage door system day to day will inevitably cause its bolts and hinges to slowly untighten. On occasion, have a check to see if any bolts or hinges are made too loose. Tighten them back up to ensure the system runs as efficiently as possible, as well as preventing any part from suddenly coming loose and falling. The condition of cables is incredibly important. If cables are rusty they can snap and be very dangerous to anyone nearby. They can come off their drums and need to be properly fitted back on securely. With cables you should only ever look for evident signs of trouble. The cables are often held in very tight positions. Only an expert should ever handle dismantling them or fitting replacements. You shouldn't need to touch them. A simple look for signs or rust or fraying is all you should allow yourself to do by alone.
Test Door Balance
The door's perfect balance is a sign of the springs and mechanical components working correctly. Stick the door in manual mode if you have an opener system. Open it and leave it as close as you can to half way. If it doesn't move in either way, the door is perfectly balanced and this means the springs are well adjusted. If it does move either towards closing or opening, the springs may need an adjustment. If the door moves in either direction rapidly, this indicated that the balance is quite far off and a spring replacement may be necessary. A professional garage door expert will usually conduct this test during troubleshoot or as part of a routine maintenance service.