Garage Door Maintenance and Care Tips
Now that you’ve had a new garage door installed by Florida Sliding Glass and Garage Door Repair it’s time to learn how to take care of it! Regular maintenance and care will keep the garage door operating smoothly for years to come. A handy Do-It-Yourselfer may be able to perform this maintenance on their own, but if you can’t or don’t want to handle garage door maintenance, you can always schedule a tuneup with Florida Sliding Glass and Garage Door Repair.
8 Garage Door Maintenance Tips For Homeowners
Here are 8 things that homeowners should keep an eye on and maintain or repair once they notice trouble.
- Smooth Operation. Look and listen to how the garage door is working. Does it open smoothly or does it catch in places? Is it louder than usual? Do you notice any scratching or grinding noises? Does it sit level on the ground? If anything looks or sounds different, you may have a problem starting.
- Hardware Inspection. Garage doors create a lot of movement and vibration day after day, year after year. That can cause hardware to loosen. Check the bolts and roller brackets with a socket wrench to make sure they are tight and secure.
- Balance. Over time, garage doors can become unbalanced. You can test the balance by disconnecting the door from the opener – just pull the red release cord to disconnect it when the door is closed. Then, manually open it halfway and release. It should stay in place. If it doesn’t, the counterweight system is imbalanced and needs to be checked by a professional.
- Rollers. Rollers should be checked once or twice a year and will probably need to be replaced long before the garage door itself needs replacement. Look for wear, chipping, or cracking. If you’re feeling up to it, you can replace rollers that are not connected directly to the cable system yourself, but if you have several rollers to replace it may be easier to just let us handle it for you.
- Weatherstripping. The rubber seal at the bottom of the door provides protection from the elements. If it is brittle, cracking, or missing pieces, you should replace it. This is a very simple repair that most homeowners can do themselves. You can find garage door weatherstripping at any hardware or home improvement store. Cut it to size and insert it into the grooves located at the bottom of the door.
- Lubrication. Moving parts should be lubricated once a year or if you notice a need. Lubricate opening chains and screws with grease and overhead springs with WD-40 or a similar type of spray lubricant.
- Auto-Reverse Safety Function. The auto-reverse function causes the garage door to go back up if it encounters something blocking the door. There are two parts to this safety features: the mechanical function and the electric sensor. If either component encounters something in its path, the door should reverse. Check the mechanical part by placing a piece of wood on the ground where the door touches, then use the door opener system to close the door. It should reverse once it touches the wood. Check the sensor by pushing the button to close the door, but before it reaches the ground wave your hand or foot in front of the sensor. The door should reverse. Older garage door opener systems may not have these safety features. If yours does not, call us. We can replace your door opener system without having to replace the door itself.
- Examine the Door. Don’t forget the door itself! Wood doors should be checked for water damage and/or warping, as well as chipped or peeling paint. Steel doors may have dings or rust spots that need to be sanded, primed and painted.
Contact Florida Sliding Glass and Garage Door Repair For Garage Door Maintenance
Florida Sliding Glass and Garage Door Repair doesn’t just install new garage doors, we maintain them too! Complete our online form to schedule an inspection to make sure your garage door is in tip-top shape, or call us at (786) 708-9983 if you have a concern about your garage door and need some maintenance or repair work done.