Your garage door plays a crucial role in the security, functionality, and curb appeal of your home. Regular garage door maintenance is essential to ensure its smooth operation, enhance its lifespan, and prevent costly repairs. By calling Otto’s Garage Doors, we can keep your garage door in optimal condition and you will enjoy trouble-free performance for years to come.
- Visual Inspection
Start your garage door maintenance routine with a visual inspection. Look for any signs of wear and tear, such as frayed cables, loose bolts, or dented panels. Pay attention to the tracks, rollers, and hinges to identify any signs of rust or damage.
Proper lubrication is crucial for the smooth operation of your garage door. Apply a silicone-based or lithium-based lubricant to the rollers, tracks, hinges, and springs. Avoid using grease or oil-based lubricants as they can attract dust and dirt.
- Tighten Hardware
Over time, the hardware of your garage door may become loose due to regular usage. Check and tighten all bolts, nuts, and screws to ensure everything is secure. However, be cautious not to overtighten, as it could lead to damage.
- Test Auto-Reverse Feature
Modern garage doors are equipped with an auto-reverse feature, which ensures that the door reverses its direction if it encounters an obstacle. Test this safety feature by placing a small object (like a roll of paper towels) in the door’s path while closing it. If the door doesn’t reverse upon contact, the auto-reverse feature requires adjustment, and professional assistance might be necessary.
- Clean the Tracks
Dirt, debris, and even spider webs can accumulate in the tracks over time, affecting the door’s smooth movement. Regularly clean the tracks using a soft brush or cloth, ensuring that they remain free from obstructions.
- Balance Check
An unbalanced garage door can put extra strain on the opener and other components, leading to premature wear. To check the balance, disconnect the opener and manually lift the door halfway. If it stays in place, the balance is correct. If it falls or rises, you’ll need to adjust the tension of the springs or seek professional help.
- Maintain Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping along the bottom of the garage door helps to keep out drafts, pests, and moisture. Inspect the weatherstripping for cracks or damage and replace it if needed to maintain energy efficiency and protect your garage’s contents.
- Professional Inspection
While there are several maintenance tasks you can handle yourself, it’s advisable to schedule a professional garage door inspection at least once a year. Otto’s Garage Door technicians can identify potential issues, perform intricate adjustments, and ensure the overall safety of your garage door system.
Contact the Professionals
Regular garage door maintenance is a small investment that can prevent major headaches down the road. By having your garage door serviced regularly by otto’s garage Doors, you can ensure its reliable performance, extend its lifespan, and maintain the security and aesthetics of your home.