Preventative maintenance is an essential process for keeping your garage door in good condition and to stop it from breaking down. While it may seem like an unnecessary expense to pay for maintenance when there’s nothing wrong with the door or opener, it can save you a lot of money in the long-run by ensuring no major repairs need to be done. It also avoids the situation of being stuck with a garage door that won’t open or close properly.
Preventative maintenance keeps all the parts working properly and prevents them from failing, catching any problems before they really become problems. Let’s look at a few essential preventative maintenance tasks that your garage door needs. There are some that you’ll be able to perform yourself, but working on garage doors can be dangerous, so it is better to call a professional if you find any problems or if you are unsure.
Any moving parts in your garage door will gradually become looser over time. It’s a good idea to check these regularly and tighten them up before they become too loose. Examine bolts, brackets, and any other hardware that could come loose.
Lubricate moving parts
Moving parts will also wear against each other each time you open and close the door. This wear and tear will become much worse if those parts are not properly lubricated. Applying a spray lubricant to moving parts like the chain and rollers will help to keep things operating smoothly.
Balancing your door
If your garage door is imbalanced, it will not sit straight when it opens. This puts a lot of strain on the garage door opener and other parts of the garage door, which can cause even more problems if left unfixed. You can test your garage door balance by opening it manually halfway. Call a garage door technician if your garage door balance looks off.
Check parts for damage
Visual inspections of your garage door are another important part of preventative maintenance. You should occasionally check parts like the rollers, cables, springs, and weather stripping to make sure there are no cracks, chips, gaps, or frayed cables. Knowing what everything looks like in good condition will help you identify problems when they arise. Call your technician if you see any damage to these parts.
Is it time you scheduled a garage door tune-up? Carolina Garage Door can perform effective preventative maintenance on your garage door around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point. Contact us to arrange a visit from one of our expert technicians.