Provide Regular Maintenance For Your Garage Door
The garage door is a convenient part of the home that often goes unnoticed – that is until something goes wrong. When that happens, the smooth operation of the garage door suddenly becomes a very important item on the priority list. If and when repairs become necessary, you’ll probably want to contact a professional to prevent dangerous accidents from happening. However, you might want to take some time this month in order to prevent the need for repairs. Some of the following actions you’ll be able to do yourself and others will need professional attention. With regular attention, you shouldn’t find yourself surprised by a garage door that will only open a few inches at a time.
Inspect Your Garage Door Every Month
A simple visual inspection is a good way to catch the need for minor repairs before they can develop into more expensive problems. Head into the garage when the door is closed and take a look at the different parts of the garage door system. Look for any loose or rusting parts. Watch out for wear and tear on the different components, especially the cables. Open and close the door a few times to watch its progression and to listen for trouble. Pay special attention to the following parts:
- Other Hardware
Test the Working Parts of the Door Regularly
If your door is part of an automatic opener system, then there are a couple of working parts that will need your attention. The reversing mechanism and the photo eye are features which have been added to prevent harm from coming to people or animals passing through the door. The reversing mechanism should automatically reverse the direction of the door if anything or anyone is in the way. You can test this by setting a piece of wood under the door, but out of sight of the photo eye and closing the door to see if it reverses when it hits the wood.
You can further test this mechanism by closing the door and standing with your arms outstretched under the closing door. When the door hits your arms, it should reverse. If it does not, then immediately withdraw your arms. Next, set the wood where the eye will sense the wood to test whether the photo eye is working correctly. The wood should prevent the door from opening. Try this test again as the door is closing by moving a long piece of wood, such as a yard stick, into the “sight” of the photo eye. This should trigger the door to reverse its direction. If any of these tests aren’t passed successfully, contact an experienced professional to repair the door.
Clean and Lubricate the Door and Hardware
Keeping the hinges and other hardware free from debris can limit the amount of wear that the door experiences. After washing away any dirt or other types of debris from the door, use a spray lubricant on the hinges, tracks, and rollers to be sure that everything runs smoothly.
About the Author
Ross Daniels and Hung Rite Garage Doors have teamed up to help the folks of Phoenix learn about the types of options they have when it comes to garage door repair, and when its best to leave it to a professional.