Performing home maintenance is important if you want your home to stay in the best possible condition at all times. Your garage door is no exception. Oftentimes, homeowners do not pay attention to maintaining their garage doors until something goes wrong. If, instead, you perform routine monthly maintenance on your garage door, you can avoid many problems. So, learn what you need to do for your annual garage door maintenance, and you'll help yourself avoid these frustrating garage door problems:
Step One: Prepare Your Garage Door
Before you perform any type of garage door maintenance or inspections, you want to first disconnect the automatic garage door opener (unplug it). You do not want someone to accidentally push the button while you are working on the door. This could cause damage to the door, and possible injury to you.
You will also want to make sure that you use locking pliers if you plan to have the garage door open while you are performing any maintenance. These will prevent the garage door from falling while you are working.
Step Two: Inspect the Hardware
Next, you will want to perform a visual inspection of the garage door unit. Look, first, at the nuts and bolts holding everything in place, particularly on the rollers. Do any of these pieces look loose? Or worse yet, are they missing completely?
If so, you will want to gently tighten loose nuts and bolts. Because your garage door is a moving system, this loosening is a common occurrence. If any components are missing, make sure they get replaced before you perform any other maintenance or use the garage door again. Missing nuts and bolts are a major safety hazard.
Step Three: Check the Balance
Once you have all of the nuts and bolts in place, you will want to check to make sure your garage door is balanced. An unbalanced door is more likely to fall unexpectedly which can damage vehicles and critically injure or even kill someone unlucky enough to be standing underneath it.
Because you have disconnected the automatic garage door opener, you are ready to begin checking the balance. Lift the garage door about halfway up. This should not be difficult to do if your garage door is properly balanced. Step back and let go of the door. Again, if it is properly balanced, it will remain in place. If you find that your door is too difficult to lift or does not hold its position, stop your garage door maintenance routine immediately.
Any imbalance will require garage door repairs performed by a professional. This is because in order to perform these repairs, you will need to work with the garage door springs. The springs are by far the most difficult and dangerous garage door element to work with, and require special expertise and tools.
Step Four: Lubricate Components
This particular step does not need to be performed every month but should be done at least every six months or so. The moving components of your garage door system will need occasional lubrication to continue functioning properly. These parts include the chain, rollers, and hinges.
You will want to use white lithium grease to lubricate these components. To make the process easier, get the spray-on version. You do not need much of this lubricant to get the job done, so do not go overboard when spraying it on.
By performing routine garage door maintenance, you will be able to detect potential problems before they wreak havoc on your life. Just make sure to follow proper safety techniques and defer to a professional if the needed repairs and adjustments fall out of your depth and expertise. To learn more, contact a company like Raynor Door Company with any questions or concerns you might have.