When was the last time you checked on your garage door? Do you check it regularly or is it something that you look into when it starts acting up? There’s a lot of small parts, but it’s easy to look after. It’s recommended to check over the garage door once a month to make sure it’s running smoothly. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your garage door is working properly.
“The garage door should generally be silent…”
Check Out the Door: The garage door should generally be silent, with a smooth transition when it’s opening and closing. The cables and pulleys need to run together and look symmetrical, as well. Nothing should be making a scraping or grating sound, as well as jerky movements.
Keeps the Tracks Clear: Nothing should be in the way of the door tracks. All dirt and debris need to be cleaned out, or the door could end up slanted. Use a level to check to see if the door is straight.
“Nothing should be in the way of the door tracks.”
“During a monthly check go along and tighten up all of the nuts and bolts.”
Make Sure the Hardware is Tight: Since the garage door is used daily it’s only natural that some of the nuts and bolts can loosen up. During a monthly check go along and tighten up all of the nuts and bolts.
Keep Up With the Rollers: Rollers generally don’t need to be replaced for at least 5 years but they can become worn, cracked, or chipped. Most of them can be replaced easily except for the bottom roller. Since it’s attached to the cables it’s going to be under a lot of tension. These rollers need to be replaced by a professional.
“Rollers … can become worn, cracked, or chipped.”
“The biggest part of the garage door is the cable and pulleys.”
Pulleys and Cables: The biggest part of the garage door is the cable and pulleys. There are two different types of springs that the cables are attached to. The torsion springs are attached to the rod above the door while the extension springs run along part of the track.
Keep It Moving Smoothly: All of the moving parts, such as rollers, need proper lubrication to run smoothly and avoid any damage. Using some silicone spray or oil to spray all the mechanisms can prevent any damage in the future.
“All of the moving parts, such as rollers, need proper lubrication to run smoothly and avoid any damage.”
“If the stripping is damaged or worn it needs to be replaced. If it’s just loose, those spots can be reattached.”
Check the Weatherstripping: This is an important part of the garage door to ensure that water, dirt, and dust stay out of the garage. It also helps keep out the cold or the heat depending on the time of year. It needs to be cleaned to keep the seal tight. If the stripping is damaged or worn it needs to be replaced. If it’s just loose, those spots can be reattached.
Because of how much tension garage doors are under they need to be repaired by a professional. Give Summit Door LLC a call today!