The typical garage door will open and close thousands of times each year. All that wear and tear can take a toll on the door, the opener, springs, rollers, cables, hinges, and other essential parts and components. As with any mechanical device, a garage door needs a regular tune-up to keep it in peak operating condition and minimize the chances of a major repair issue.
To keep your garage door operating smoothly for decades, you must take the time to perform regular preventive care and maintenance.
The most important preventive step is to observe your garage door in action every time you use it. Is it moving smoothly, or is it jerky in places? Does it operate silently, or does it make grinding or scraping noises? Do both sides of the system (springs, pulleys, and cables) look symmetrical?
See if the springs have relaxed over time and need to be re-tensioned. Inspect cables, drums, shafts, bottom fixture, bearing plate, and spring anchor attachment.
2. Examine Garage Door Hardware
Tighten nuts and lags or other hardware. Align the tracks, ensuring they're straight and tight.
3. Replace Weatherstripping
If the rubber weather seal strip on the bottom of your door is brittle or cracked, replace it immediately to keep the elements out of your house. Weatherstripping is sold by the foot at hardware and home improvement stores. Just cut it to size and insert it into the grooves with the wide angle of the flange inside the door.
4. Lubricate the Moving Parts
Apply grease or lubricant to moving parts. Use white lithium grease on the opener's chain or screw and a spray lubricant from your garage door specialist to coat the overhead springs.
5. Clean the Garage Door Surface
Remove excess debris buildup from the photo eye sensors and tracks. Wash your garage door regularly with a mild all-purpose cleaner at the same time you do your car. Don't forget to examine the door itself. Wood doors will need to be checked for water damage, warp, and chipped and peeling paint. Steel doors may have rust spots that need to be sanded, primed, and painted.
Learning how to maintain a residential garage door is key to keeping it operating efficiently. A malfunction can prevent you from taking your car out of the garage when you want to. Regular maintenance twice a year can make such mishaps less likely.
The average garage door opens and closes over 1,500 times a year. That's a lot of heavy lifting over and over again. With all that use, it's no surprise that garage door problems are a common headache for most homeowners. Unfortunately, many garage door problems require professional assistance.
Holt's Reliable Garage Door Repair offers complete garage door opener services. Our professional technicians have been repairing and replacing garage door openers for over 15 years. We serve residential clients in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Treasure Coast.
Our Holt's Reliable Garage Door Repair Technicians will visit your home to perform annual inspections and any preventative maintenance, if necessary. This allows us to catch any issues while they're still small, which saves you money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs. Not only that but annual maintenance and inspections ensure that your door is operating at maximum efficiency.
Our team will repair your garage door promptly, regardless of where your home is located. Hobe Sound, Stuart, Jupiter, Saint Lucie, or Vero Beach. We offer professional garage door repairs throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. Garage doors can last a long time if well looked after. That said, they do also have reliability issues as they get older. Here are some of the leading garage door problems. With the lowest prices guaranteed in the area, you can rest assured that Holt's won't leave you Hangin'!! Our estimates are always honest and free.
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