6 Ways to Maintain Your Garage Door
Clunk! You hear a loud noise while backing out of your driveway. You snap your head around and notice that your garage door has stopped moving. There it lies, only halfway closed, the right side of the door a good foot lower than the left. You let out a sigh as you realize one […]
Clunk! You hear a loud noise while backing out of your driveway. You snap your head around and notice that your garage door has stopped moving. There it lies, only halfway closed, the right side of the door a good foot lower than the left. You let out a sigh as you realize one of the cords has broken, causing the garage to fall off its track. “Ah, great,” you think, “I’m already late for work, and now my garage door is broken! What am I going to do?”
That scenario is something we all hope never happens to us. However, the reality is that garage doors do deteriorate over time, and when left unmaintained they can break seemingly without warning. The good news is that there are plenty of things you as a homeowner can do to maintain your garage door, or at least to notice if it could use some professional assistance. Here are 6 easy things you can do to maintain your garage door and prevent it from breaking without warning.
When you open and close your garage door, pay attention to what you observe. If you see or hear anything unusual (for example, if the door stutters in some places or if you hear any grinding noises), your garage may be in need of repair.
Test The Balance
Close the garage door, pull the release handle, then manually lift the garage door halfway up the track. It should stay there without support, and if it does not, your garage door needs to be rebalanced.
Clear the Tracks
Use a broom or a rag to brush the tracks, making sure they are free of debris.
Lubricate Moving Parts
The wheels, chain and overhead springs move constantly, and spending even 10 minutes each year to lubricate them will help to prevent them from breaking or working harder than they need to.
Tighten the Hardware
Because garage doors move so frequently, there is a risk that the hardware will vibrate and become loose. Using a wrench, make sure all brackets and bolts are still securely fastened to prevent them from falling off or out of place.
Check the Cables
Look for any damaged or frayed cables. If you find any, do not try to repair them yourself, as they are under high amounts of tension and can cause injury or death. Leave those repairs to the professionals.