Top 10 Preventive Maintenance Tips for Garage Door Owners

Top 10 Preventive Maintenance Tips for Garage Door Owners
Your garage door is the largest moving part in your entire home, and is used multiple times per day at any hour and in all seasons. To keep your garage door operating smoothly for decades to come, it’s very important that you take the time to perform regular preventive care and maintenance. Here are 10 things that all homeowners can do:

 

 

 

1. Look and Listen

The most important preventive step you can take is to observe your garage door in action every time you use it. Is it moving smoothly or is it jerky in places? Does it operate silently or does it make grinding or scraping noises? Do both sides of the system (springs, pulleys and cables) look symmetrical?

 

2. Tighten up the Hardware

The average garage door moves up and down more than a thousand times a year. That’s a lot of movement and vibration, which can loosen the hardware. Examine and tighten all roller brackets and bolts with a socket wrench.

 

3. Test the Garage Door Balance

If your garage door is not properly balanced, the garage door opener will have to work harder, and it won’t last as long.

After you disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle (usually a red cord), manually move the door about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay put, the counterweight system (springs) are improperly balanced. Garage door spring adjustment is best left to the professionals.

 

4. Inspect and Replace the Rollers

The rollers, whether steel or nylon, need to be inspected twice a year and replaced every seven years or so, and even more if you use your garage door many times a day.

Worn, chipped or cracked rollers should be replaced as soon as possible. You do this by removing and reinstalling any roller brackets that are not directly attached to the cable system.

 

5. Replace the Weatherstripping

If the rubber weather seal strip on the bottom of your door is brittle or cracked, replace it right away to keep the elements out of your house. Weatherstripping is sold by the foot at hardware and home improvement stores. Just cut to size and insert into the grooves with the wide angle of the flange inside the door.

 

6. Lubricate the Moving Parts

Keeping your garage door parts greased up will add years of seamless operation to your system – and it takes just 10 minutes a year! Use white lithium grease on the opener’s chain or screw, and a spray lubricant, available from your garage door specialist, to coat the overhead springs.

 

7. Check the Cables

You should never tinker with the high-tension cables that lift your door because they have enough force to maim and kill. But you can check their condition so you know when to hire a pro. Check for broken strands and damage near the bottom roller bracket.

 

8. Test the Auto-Reverse Safety Features

There are two mechanisms: mechanical and photocell. In order to test the mechanical feature, place a piece of wood or a brick on the ground in the path of the door. When the door coming down touches that object, it should reverse direction and go back up again. To test the second, the photoelectric system with beams at each side, close your door and just pass your leg in the door’s path. Your door should reverse.

If your opener is more than 20 years old, it may lack this basic safety features – and so it’s time to buy a new garage door opener.

 

9. Clear the Tracks

Make sure the tracks on either side of the door are free from debris and, if you are so inclined, you can use a level to check the plumb. Any major adjustments to tracks must be done by a professional garage door technician.

 

10. Groom Your Garage Door

Don’t forget to examine the door itself. Wood doors will need to be checked for water damage and warp, as well as chipped and peeling paint. Steel doors may have rust spots that need to be sanded, primed and painted. Wash your garage door regularly with a mild all-purpose cleaner at the same time you do your car.

 

 

Remember, your garage door makes up about one-third of the exterior of your house, so keep it fresh and clean. If you don’t have time to do this kind of check-up, call a garage door professional to schedule a tune-up service call. He is going to fix all… perfectly!

  • Brandon Roberts

    I really appreciate you listing off these few tips! I have had some trouble with my garage door in the past. I just got everything all fixed up, but I really don’t want to have to fix it all again. And I feel like if I were to follow these tips, that I will really prevent anything from happening to my garage again. Thanks a ton for this, it was a huge help. http://www.garbersofrichmond.com/Overhead-Doors-Richmond-VA.html

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    the photoelectric system with beams at each side, close your door and just pass your leg in the door’s path. Casquette Snapback

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  • Corey Smith

    It seems like some of these tips would also apply to my garage roller doors. I just got them installed about 6 months ago and one of the wheels came off. My best guess to that problem is that maybe I forgot to lubricate the wheels and all other moving parts. http://www.tieche.com.au/roller-doors.html

  • Good Guy Chuck

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    Thanks for the tips on how to maintain your garage doors. Our garage door is acting funny. The door will close, but then immediately open back up again. I think it might be that we need to get our electric eyes aligned or cleaned. I’ll also have to check the weather proofing since winter is coming up, like you mentioned. Thanks for your post. http://www.jaytondoor.com/garage-doors-coventry/

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  • Sav J

    The garage door is the single largest moving part in your home, and should be inspected and maintained every year. Maintaining a garage door is way down on the priority list for most homeowners but if it’s neglected for too long, you could end up needing to replace an expensive garage door that has been bent or damaged or even worse someone in your family could be seriously injured. Thank you for the tips!

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    I didn’t realize that the balance of a garage door could affect its efficiency! I’ve definitely noticed that my door opener has been seeming to work harder than normal lately, and this might be what’s causing it. I’ll have to get a serviceman in to see if we can get that fixed.
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    You might want to expand #2 to include the mounting points of the whole door/opener system to the actual garage.

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    Yet another great article to bring awareness to their garage door. Unfortunately, the garage door is not a concern until there is a problem which can be expensive. I little preventative maintenance can save a lot of $$ and headaches.

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