Garage door maintenance is a necessity, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Although you still need to see your friendly neighborhood garage door contractor once a year for an inspection and professional maintenance service, you can do many aspects of this work yourself throughout the year.
Read on for some helpful do-it-yourself maintenance tips from the pros at Utah’s Garage Door Man!
Start with a Visual Inspection
This one takes very little time and no tools or equipment — just your own two eyes. Once a month, visually examine the door and all of its moving parts. Begin by checking the springs for rust or noticeable wear. (Do not attempt to repair the springs yourself, however, unless you want to tangle with the 200-plus-pound load of a heavy metal door).
Next, give the tracks, cables, roller wheels and fasteners a peek. Check the tracks to see if the path is worn. Check the cables to see if they have frayed. Verify that the roller wheels are following a path that is straight, not crooked. Finally, check all the fasteners to make sure that they’re tight.
Next, Test the Door’s Functions
After you have looked over all the main parts, it is time to test the operation and safety features.
Since the early 1990s, garage doors have been equipped with an automatic reversal system. This ensures that the door stops its descent if an object is in its path. To test this system, press the button to close the door and immediately place an object in its path. If the system is functional, the door will reverse on its own.
Also make sure to test the manual emergency release. This component allows you to manually open and close the door in case of a power outage or other emergency. Pull the red handle on the rope in your garage and see if you can move the door. If the door doesn’t move easily, if it appears to skew while opening or if it makes any new or alarming sounds, you may need professional assistance.
Trust an Experienced Professional
Although you can hand-tighten the fasteners and lubricate the tracks, more complicated repairs will require a contractor’s tools and expertise. Some handy homeowners swear by using motor oil to lubricate the springs, but talk to your technician before attempting this yourself. If the springs have any rust, motor oil can cause them to break suddenly. Torsion springs are wound under immense pressure, and should they break, you or a family member could be seriously injured.
As the heaviest moving component in your home, your garage door really isn’t something you should attempt to service on your own. Fortunately, if you live in the Salt Lake City area, the Garage Door Man is there to handle it for you. Our experienced, professional technicians can quickly evaluate both your door and automatic opener, and handle any problems then and there.
With the Garage Door Man on the job, you’ll never again have to worry about your garage door maintenance!