Summer Time Garage Door Tune Up Tips
It’s spring time here in the United State; it’s that time of the year when you are most relaxed and can look forward to carrying out various tasks that you had put off earlier such as applying a new coat of paint to the house, cleaning the garage, or having the garage door inspected by a garage door professional.
The garage door is the biggest moving part of your home, and you probably use it 5 to 7 times a day. That’s why it is so important that it should be maintained regularly, so that it can last longer and operate smoothly for years to come.
Here are some of the best Spring Time Garage Door Tune Up Tips you could use right now…
Tip #1: Observe the garage door as closely as you can. Watch out for any noise and examine if the garage door has been moving smoothly or not. Has it been operating silently or does it make too much of a scraping or grinding noise? Does the garage door appear to be in balance? Do the pulleys, cables and spring seem to be in order and appear to be in the right symmetrical pattern?
Tip #2: Most people operate their garage doors 3 to 7 times a day. That would add up to over a thousand times a year. So you can imagine how overworked your garage door is. It’s possible that there could many screws loose because of all the action and the hardware might be coming apart. In that case, use a socket wrench to tighten all the screws, bolts and roller brackets.
Tip #3: Lubricate the garage door parts by applying lithium grease to the chain and to all screws. Apply a spray lubricant to the overhead springs. This takes hardly a few minutes of your time, but keeps the garage door functional for the rest of the year. Also, clean the tracks and remove all the debris. This should be simple enough.
Tip #4: Don’t mess with the high-tension cables that lift the door as they are extremely powerful and could cause a lot of damage if not handled well. But you can examine the cables for damages and check if there are any broken or worn out strands. If so, call a garage door professional and he would know what to do.
Tip #5: Test the auto-reverse safety mechanism on the garage door opener. This is very important. Here’s what you should do – place a brick on the floor directly below the garage door as it comes down. As soon as the garage door touches the brick, it should reverse and go up again. If it doesn’t, then it means the auto-reverse mechanism is broken. Call a professional immediately.
Tip #6: Is the garage door balanced? If not, that puts more pressure on the garage door opener. This could curtail the lifespan of the opener. You cannot do much if the garage door is not properly balanced – that’s something only a garage door specialist should take care.
But here’s what you can do – you can check if the door is balanced by following a simple trick. Disconnect the opener and manually open the door till it’s halfway up and let go. If the door appears to be still, then it’s in balance; if it starts shaking, then it’s possible that the springs are out of sync.
Tip #7: This is a good time to inspect the roller. Rollers are made from steel or nylon. Steel rollers last longer, while those made from nylon can get worn out over time. Remove roller brackets that are not attached to the cable, examine the rollers and put the roller brackets back in place.
Tip #8: Last but not least hire a garage door company to provide you with all of the above services. When you hire a garage door company you will be rest assured that your garage door is going to work properly and that it will not fail and possibly hurt someone. Look for a company that specializes in garage door repair. A company who specializes in garage door repair is going to be better at diagnosing your issue than a company who specializes in just garage door installation.