One of the most used and often the least maintained elements of the house is the garage door. It secures everything in your garage and probably also in your home. It prevents cold wind, rain, and snow. We take our garage doors for granted, even if we open and close them on average more than a thousand times a year.
Garage doors are complex. They have a motor, a remote control, a torsion spring, a tension spring, rollers, supports, cables and a magic eye to prevent anyone from crushing, or something like that. Every item in your door has a specific job to do, so it makes sense to carry out proper garage door maintenance. By checking a few points every six months, you save time, money, and inconvenience. Doing some simple garage door maintenance yourself will save you from having to call a garage door repair professional in case of an emergency and probably with a major inconvenience.
One day, you may notice that the door sounds strange, that it does not seem to be moving as it should, or that a frayed cable goes to the bottom of the bottom bracket. In any case, you know that for safety and convenience reasons, you must call Master Garage Door Repair to carry out a detailed inspection and, if necessary, carry out the repair work on the garage door. Let’s start with what you can do before taking the phone.
- Inspect for wear and damage
With the door closed, look at both sides. Are rollers in good condition or can you see cracks or chips? Are the cables frayed or misaligned? Are all supports and hinges in good condition? Are the raceways aligned or bumpy?
- Lubricate the tension spring and other moving parts
The long spring above the door is a powerful spring that controls the entire door. Its condition is therefore essential for performance and your safety. Drop a protective cloth, then climb in the spring and lubricate it with WD-40. Do the same for the rollers and hinges.
- Grease the drive mechanism
Garage doors are chain, screw, or belt. The reader must be kept in good working order. It should, therefore, be lubricated with white lithium grease.
- Check the engine
Open and close the door to verify proper operation. You should not hear squeaking or scratching, and you should see a completely smooth motion. A damaged tension spring or poorly maintained drive mechanism will damage the motor. Damaged engines fail.
- Do the security checks
Put a piece of wood on the floor where the door will hit. Close the door and, as it descends, use your outstretched hands to try to stop it. The door should continue to close, so stay away. When he touches the wood, the safety mechanism should open the door, again, automatically.