Your overhead garage door is the heaviest moving object in your home, and it is used multiple times every day at any given time and in all seasons. That is why your overhead door needs frequent repairs to keep it operating smoothly for years to come. As a homeowner, you want to take some time to perform regular repairs and maintenance tasks. Here are few preventive steps you can take:
1. Inspect your garage door frequently
The most crucial preventive step that you can take is to look and listen for any unwanted noise your garage door makes when in action. Maybe, your overhead door does not operate quietly as it should or it makes scraping noises when opened or closed. Or, maybe the springs, pulleys, and the cables are not symmetrical on both sides.
No matter what the problem is, you should immediately call a local garage door company for overhead door repair service.
2. Tighten your garage door hardware
Your overhead garage door opens up and closes down thousands of times a year. That is a lot of movement, which will eventually loosen the hardware. Look over each part and tighten all the nuts and bolts using a wrench.
3. Check for garage door balance
If the garage door is not balanced properly, the opener will have to work extra harder, eventually causing it to break down. To check for door balance, disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle and manually move the door halfway up. Even after doing this it does not stay in place, then probably the counterweight systems (or springs) are balanced incorrectly. If this is the case, immediately call a professional for a garage spring adjustment service.
4. Inspect and Change the Rollers
In addition to checking the balance, the rollers, either nylon or steel, need to be inspected at least two times per year and replaced every seven years, and even more if you open and close your garage door several times a day.
If you find chipped, worn, and cracked rollers, make sure to replace them as soon as possible. You can do this by replacing and reinstalling any roller brackets that are not attached to the cable system.
5. Grease up the moving parts
Keep your overhead garage door parts lubricated, which will make it run smoothly for years to come. The best thing about greasing moving parts is that it only takes 10 minutes per year. Use white lithium grease on the opener’s screw or chain, get a spray lubricant from your garage door specialist in order to coat the overhead springs.
Remember, your overhead garage door takes up to one-third of the entire exterior of your home, so make sure to keep it looking and working like new. If you do not have sufficient time to do these types repairs yourself, just give a call to a local garage door repair service provider.