If you’re hoping to get a long life out of your garage doors, there are steps you can take to keep them running and looking like new.
Although a garage door technician should be the only one to perform any major maintenance, these nine tips can help you expand the life of your doors.
1. Watch your garage door when it’s in action. How would you describe its movements? What does is sound like? If your garage door is opening and closing in anything but a smooth manner, or if it’s squeaking and creaking upon moving, oil the gears to give a more fluid, quiet motion.
2. Did you know that your garage door moves up and down about 1,000 times per year? That’s enough movement to loosen the hardware. With a socket wrench, tighten all roller brackets and bolts. You don’t have to do this daily, but once every 4-6 months will make a difference.
3. Test your garage door’s balance by disconnecting the opener and pulling the release handle. Manually move the door halfway up. If the door doesn’t stay in place, you should call a professional and have them make proper adjustments to the door’s balance.
4. You will need to replace your door’s rollers every seven years. Bi-annually inspections are a great way to ensure your rollers are in proper form. Upon your inspections, if you notice any damaged rollers, replace them immediately.
5. Change the weatherstripping at the bottom of your door if it becomes cracked. Damaged weather stripping lets heat escape, but it can also let moisture in, causing molding to items stored in the garage.
6. Even when your garage door is moving properly and isn’t making any sound, you should grease your garage doors once a year. Lubricate any moving parts including the opener’s chain or screw and the overhead springs.
7. Check your garage door’s cables and if you notice any broken strands or damage near the bottom roller bracket, it’s time to call a professional to have them fixed.
8. Test your garage door’s safety features by placing an object (a piece of wood or a brick) in the door’s path. When the door is coming down and touches on the object, it should reverse and go back up. If it doesn’t, you will need to replace your door. If you have a garage door that’s more than 20 years old, it may not be equipped with any safety features. In that case, it’s time for a new model.
9. Check your garage doors for cracks, water damage, chipped paint and rust. You can even wash your door with a gentle all-purpose cleaner every few months.