The garage door is the most-used entrance into your Minneapolis home. Your garage door needs routine maintenance to stay in good working order. Unfortunately, most homeowners neglect their garage doors. Let’s examine why garage door maintenance is needed and the most important maintenance tasks.
Why Garage Door Maintenance Is Important
Here’s why proper maintenance on your garage door is so important.
Avoid Expensive Repairs
The cost of maintaining your garage door is often lower than the cost of an emergency repair. When your garage door breaks down unexpectedly, you’ll often find yourself with no choice but to schedule an emergency service appointment as quickly as possible. Not only is this expensive, but it’s also inconvenient. An unexpected repair can seriously disrupt your schedule. Keeping your garage door well-maintained can help you avoid a pricey, poorly-timed breakdown in the future.
The garage door is your home’s biggest, heaviest moving object. A broken garage door is a safety hazard to everyone in your household. Thousands of people are injured each year by falling garage doors or broken garage door springs. Many of those injuries could be prevented with proper garage door maintenance. Having your garage door inspected lets you address any potential safety issues right away.
Extend Your Garage Door’s Lifespan
Improper maintenance can actually shorten the lifespan of your garage door. When your door isn’t opening and closing properly, it puts extra wear and tear on the components, shortening your door’s life. Good maintenance will ensure that your garage door lasts as long as possible.
Garage Door Maintenance Tips
Here are some of the most important things you can do to maintain your garage door.
Watch and Listen
Open and close your garage door, and watch to make sure it’s moving smoothly. A well-maintained garage door is fairly quiet to operate. Excessive noise and jerkiness as the door moves up and down can indicate a problem.
Perform a Visual Inspection
Examine the garage door’s components for signs of damage or wear. Check the springs, rollers, and cables. Make sure the mounting hardware is tight and any cables are not frayed or worn. If something doesn’t seem right, contact a repair technician for help.
Lubricate Any Moving Parts
Lubrication is important to reduce strain on your garage door’s moving parts. You should lubricate your garage door twice a year. Use a spray lubricant on your door’s tracks, hinges, and rollers. If your garage door is squeaking even after applying lubricant, have it inspected by a repair expert.
Check the Door’s Balance
When your garage door is out of balance, the opener needs to work harder when you open and close it. Test the balance with the following steps:
- Pull the manual release handle to disconnect the garage door.
- Lower the door manually about halfway down, then let go.
- The door will stay in this position if it is balanced properly. If the door falls farther, starts to lift back up, or appears crooked, you may have an issue with the springs. Do not try to fix the springs yourself. Garage door spring repairs should only be done by a trained technician.
Inspect the Rollers
Your garage door’s rollers will begin to deteriorate over time. Inspect your rollers twice a year to ensure that they’re still in good shape.
Check Weather Stripping
The weather stripping at the bottom of the door keeps your garage insulated. It also helps to keep out dust and dirt. Check your weather stripping twice each year to make sure it’s in good condition. Replace any stripping that’s damaged or worn.
If your garage door needs maintenance or repairs, contact us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you.