How to Care for Your Garage and Prevent Costly Repairs

Your garage door is important to the convenience, access and safety of your home. Make sure your garage door is working at its peak potential by following these garage door care tips.

Preventative Maintenance

Maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs related to your garage door. While most homeowners don’t know where to start with garage door maintenance, there are actually a few easy tasks that will do a world of good, including simply cleaning your garage door.

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Here’s what else you can do:

  • Visual Inspection: About once a month, you should inspect your garage door’s hardware, rollers, pulleys, springs and cables. Look specifically for clear signs of wear and damage, including loose hardware and worn or frayed cables.
  • Balance Test: Disconnect your automatic opener using the release lever, and then manually lift your garage door. It should lift easily and smoothly with little resistance, and it should remain open. Any sign that your door is challenging to open manually, or that it does not stay open, could be an issue with the door’s balance.
  • Check the Reverse: All garage doors are equipped with a reverse mechanism that’s required for compliance. This mechanism ensures that people or objects under the door when it is closing are not crushed. Test this mechanism by placing a 2×4 or another object in the threshold of the door. Try to close the door. It should reverse when making contact with the 2×4. If it does not, your mechanism is not working properly and should be inspected by a professional.
  • Check Photo Eyes: Your photo eyes are what create the beam across your garage door’s threshold. When this beam is broken, the garage door automatically reverses. This is meant to protect your car, people or objects from getting crushed by the door. Test it by using a broom to break the beam’s path while the garage door is closing. If the door does not reverse, you should call a professional to address your photo eyes.
  • Test Force: With the garage door closing, hold out your hand and catch the door’s bottom edge. With just a little force and effort on your part, the door should automatically reverse. This force setting is meant to prevent the door from closing on people or objects. If it does not immediately reverse, or if it requires added force or pressure to reverse, the setting isn’t working properly.
  • Add Lubrication: Your garage door’s rollers, tracks and hinges need lubrication to remain at peak operation. If your garage door is not operating smoothly or quietly, those are signs you need to add lubrication. The application of garage door lubrication requires balance. You want to add enough lubrication that your door operates the way it should, but you don’t want to add so much that the lubrication begins to capture dust, debris and dirt.

Check for Warning Signs

Check for Warning Signs
How do you know when you’re experiencing a garage door issue before a full breakdown? Watch and listen for telltale signs that you have an impending garage door emergency. Notice these warning signs early, and you can avoid the inconvenience and cost of emergency garage door repair:

  • Unexplained Operation: If you notice your garage door raising and lowering at strange times, there could be a number of reasons. It may be that your photo eyes are off, and that your garage door is reversing when you try to close it. It could also be that your reverse mechanism is malfunctioning. It could also be some sort of issue with your garage door opener. A professional garage door technician can quickly diagnose the root cause of these issues and make recommendations on how to fix it.
  • Excess Debris: Is your garage filling with leaves, dust, dirt and grime at a higher volume than usual? This could be an issue with the threshold seal and weather-stripping of your door. This issue is about more than just keeping your garage clean. If that dust, dirt and grime begins clinging to your tracks, rollers and other garage door components, it can create serious issues for your garage door’s operation.
  • Noise: Your garage door is under a lot of weight and tension. It’s designed to handle this weight and tension, but even the best-performing garage door begins to struggle in time. Listen to it raising and lowering. If your garage door is becoming noisier, it may be a sign that the tracks are misaligned, or that another component in your garage door needs replacing.
  • Loose Components: Are you hearing rattling or noticing loose hardware, bolts or other garage door parts? Your garage door works best when everything is tight and working smoothly. You can handle the tightening of some bolts and hardware on your own, but call in a professional if you notice loose springs, rollers or other parts. Also, if you tighten hardware and it quickly loosens again, that’s another sign that you have a larger problem.

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