When was the last time you inspected your garage doors? Did you know that garage maintenance should occur at least once a year? Garage doors are the largest moving part of any home and are used at least twice a day. As such, even just taking 10 minutes of your time annually to ensure that your garage doors are kept in their best state will help with their longevity, as well as prevent costly repairs down the road. Below are 5 steps you should take to help you maintain your garage doors:
Keep the moving parts lubricated
Lowe’s and Home Depot both sell Garage door specific lubricants, use only those. Twice a year, we advise that you spray the lubricant all over the roller bearings, springs, and opener’s chain to keep the moving parts from getting damaged.
Inspect the rubber weather seal
Run your hand along any rubber parts to check for cracks. If you notice any small damages, quickly replace the rubber parts to ensure no further damage is done to the garage or home.
Perform a balance test
A balance test is used to guarantee that the weight distribution is even amongst both sides. As the garage door is opening, keep a close eye on both sides of the garage to see if there is any unbalancing that may be occurring. An unbalanced door will increase the wear on your opener, as well as all other moving parts of the door. This issue will also eventually get worse over time, which means that you should take action right away.
Ensure the tracks are clear
Make sure the tracks are free of any rust or debris. You can even use a level to check the plumb (only do this if you know how).
Watch and listen
Step back and analyze your garage door. Is it making any weird sounds? Does it seem to be moving slower than most days? If you notice any slight changes, take action immediately. Implement the steps stated above and if nothing works, contact a local contractor to come take a look at it.