Ways to Keep Your Garage Door Operating Correctly & Safely
Your garage door is a very important very large part of your home. Given that it is used regularly throughout the year and it is not exactly inconspicuous, it is important to take proper care of it and carry out maintenance regularly. The more preventative measures you take, the longer you can extend its life and avoid costly repairs and replacements.
What kind of maintenance should you been carrying out on your garage door, though, to make sure it operates correctly and safely? We have outlined some great tips below.
Be Vigilant and Observant
The most effective measure you can take to prevent anything serious going wrong with your garage doors and to notice small issues before they develop into huge ones is to be observant. Whenever you use it, watch it carefully. Does it move smoothly or does it jerk around? Does it still run silently as it did when you first had it installed or are there annoying scraping or grinding noises? These are just some signs that there could be problems with your garage door that need to be addressed sooner rather than later.
Tighten the Hardware Fixings
As we have already noted, on average, most garage doors are opened and closed, which means they move up and down thousands of times every year. All that vibration and movement eventually causes the hardware fixings to loosen. Although it is unlikely to cause huge problems, the more they loosen off, the more there is a chance that more serious problems can happen. This is why you should take the time to look at all the hardware and tighten any of the bolts and roller brackets using a socket wrench (or the appropriate tool).
Check the Balance of the Garage Door
When your garage door is not balanced properly, the opener has to work a lot harder and this can greatly reduce its lifespan. You can check the balance and test it by disconnecting the opener by pulling on the release handle (this is normally a red-colored cord) and then manually move the door halfway up. If the door does not stay in the same position after you let it go, it means the springs/counterweight system is not balanced correctly. However, if you discover this problem, you need to contact professionals like the team at Garage Doors Plus.
Check and, If Necessary, Replace the Rollers
Whether the rollers for your garage door are made from nylon or steel, need to be checked at least two times a year, and replaced at least every 7 years. These numbers are just guides and if you use your garage door multiple times throughout the day, they may need to be checked and replaced more regularly. If there are any cracks, chips, or signs of wear and tear on the rollers, these need to be replaced as soon as you possibly can. This can easily be done by removing the roller brackets that are not connected to the cable system and installing new ones. However, the ones connected directly to the cable system need the attention of experts.
Take a look along the bottom of the door. Is the rubber weather seal cracked or brittle? This needs to be replaced as a matter of urgency to stop the elements from damaging your garage and property. You can get weatherstripping in home improvement and hardware stores by the foot. Cut it to size and then insert it into the special grooves using the wide-angle on the flange of the interior of the door.
Check the Cables
Avoid trying to carry out any real work on the high-tension cables of your garage door. These are very dangerous and can not only maim but kill. You can assess the condition of the cables and work out if you need to hire a professional. If there are any signs of damage towards the roller bracket at the bottom or broken strands, you need to contact the specialists.