Garage doors need some basic maintenance to make sure they stay safe and perform as they are supposed to. There are a ton of working parts that need to be kept to a certain standard.
It’s easy to do your own basic DIY for your garage door. Hiring a professional is a hassle-free way to get it done yearly as well! If you are on the DIY side of things, read this post with the 5 basic things you can do every year to keep your garage door functioning well.
Here are five important steps to doing annual garage door maintenance yourself:
1. Perform a basic visual inspection.
If you do this on a regular basis, you’ll notice anything you don’t remember seeing the last time. Just look around and note any wear and tear. Check the garage door tracks, springs, pulleys, cables, and rollers. Are there any frayed cables? Is everything working as you think it should?
You can also take a look at the mounting hardware, like the hinges and screws and make sure they are secured. We would recommend a monthly visual inspection, or at least every quarter.
2. Clean the Tracks!
While you are performing your visual inspection, take a damp towel and wipe down the tracks. This helps to remove any debris or built up dirt that can wedge itself in between the metal tracking.
We recommend lubricating your working metal parts about twice a year. You can buy a silicone based spray lubricant at your local hardware store or on Amazon. Spray a small amount on the tracks, hinges and rollers. This helps prevent future damage and ensures your garage door will slide smoothly on the tracks.
4. Test Your Garage Door Safety Features
Any door manufactured after 1993 will have an auto-reversing feature that prevents anything from being pinned down by your garage door. You should do this at least once a year.
A great way to test the feature is putting a rolled up newspaper in the path of the garage door (where it closes). The sensor you have installed should detect the paper and automatically reverse.
If it doesn’t, call a professional immediately!
5. Check Your Garage Door Balance
You can do this once a month and it takes 5 minutes. Disconnect your garage door opener if you have one. Manually lift the door and check that it glides smoothly with no resistance.
Once you lift the door, it should stay open. If it doesn’t stay open or it’s hard to open manually, your door is probably not balanced. Best to call a garage door tech to re-balance it for you.
DIY garage door maintenance isn’t that hard and takes a few minutes every month. Safety precautions to take include being aware of what you are doing, making sure everyone at your house knows you are working on the door and stays away for safety and you have a garage door company on speed dial in case something goes wrong!
If you notice any major issues with your garage doors or need a maintenance call, and you live anywhere in the Sugar Land, Missouri City, Pearland, The Woodlands, Pasadena, Richmond, Texas area, please call Perfect Solutions Garage Door for a free quote!