Garage doors use a series of moving parts that can break or wear out over time. In order to get the most out of your garage doors and maximize the lifespan, there are a few easy maintenance hacks you can do to help your garage doors last longer. Check out these common-sense tips so you can practice good garage door maintenance.
Tighten Hardware and Test the Balance
On average, most garage doors can go up and down hundreds or even thousands of times per year. Over time, the hardware can become loose. Make sure you periodically check and tighten all hardware using a socket wrench. You should also make sure the door is properly balanced. You can do this by disconnecting the opener and then manually moving the door about halfway up. If it’s not staying in place, your springs are likely out of balance. Call a professional to adjust the springs for an even, balanced door.
Check Rollers and Weather Stripping
The rollers on your garage door should be inspected twice a year. Ideally, they won’t need to be replaced until around seven years, but this could be more often if you use your garage frequently. Check the rollers and look for cracks, chips, or other damage. Replace them with new rollers and brackets for smooth operation. While you’re at it, make sure the weather stripping around your garage door is in good condition, If it’s cracked or brittle, get it replaced right away. This will improve insulation in your garage as well as in your home.
Lubricate all Moving Parts
Just like any other mechanical item, moving parts need to stay properly lubricated in your garage door. If you keep them greased up, you could add years to your garage door. Try a lithium grease that you can find at almost any hardware store. Apply the grease to the chain or screw on the door opening. Use a spray lubricant on the overhead springs. If you’re not sure about which types of products to use, consult your local garage door service center for guidance.
With these simple maintenance tips, you can extend the life of your garage door. Check the auto-reverse feature and cables as well as the tracks for part of a solid maintenance plan.
At MassGarage located in Sharon, MA, we have the expertise to help you make any repairs you need for your garage door. Call us at 781-602-0737 to schedule an appointment for an estimate today.