While garage doors last for many years, it's still a good idea to perform maintenance on it just like everything else. This will expand your garage door's lifespan and ensure that it stays functional for a long period before repairs are needed. Here are some summer tips you can use to perform proper maintenance on your doors.
1. Lubricate the Moving Parts
A simple way to keep your garage door moving smoothly is to lubricate the moving parts. You can usually tell that you need garage door maintenance if you hear loud noises when it's opening and closing. It's a smart idea to lubricate once in the summer and again in the winter.
2. Insulate The Garage Door
Summer is the best time to prepare for the winter months. There are two benefits of insulating your doors. It will help keep the hot air and moisture from entering your garage. During the winter, it will keep the cold air. In addition to these benefits, insulating will help you save energy and even help buffer the outside noise.
3. Look for Rust
If your garage door has some years on it, you want to look for rust on the metal parts and the motors. You can usually sand away the rust if it's superficial. If there's too much rust, you want to replace the parts as soon as possible for safety reasons. You don't want to leave the metal parts' rust for long, as it will usually worsen over time.
4. Remove the Dirt
When was the last time you washed your garage door? Washing the door is something a lot of people neglect. However, you want to remove the dirt and grime from your entries as it can wear away at the paint and metal parts. The simple combination of soap and water usually does the trick.
5. Perform Safety Tests
Safety is the most important thing when it comes to garage door maintenance. Try lifting the door manually and release it. It should stay in place and not drop down.
Then try blocking the door from closing. Most automatic doors will usually lift back up. If it doesn't, there is a problem. Then check your sensors to make sure they are functioning without any problems.
6. Check the Hardware
It's always a smart idea to look at the tracks and hinges. Look for loose bolts and try moving it to see if it's secure. Tighten the bolts and fasten the tracks/hinges if they tend to be looser than usual.
7. Replace the Batteries
Remember that you're usually using a remote to open your garage door. As a result, you want to replace the batteries if it's been a while. You'll also want to replace the garage door battery if your doors have one rather than being plugged to an outlet.
These are some basic summer garage door maintenance tips that you can use to ensure your garage door works without any problems and last as long as possible. If you noticed a problem with the chain/belt, tracks, or springs, you'll want to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Issues with these parts are a safety hazard. If you don't have the technical expertise to either repair these parts or replace them, it's time to bring in a professional. A professional can perform all the essential maintenance checks to see if there are any problems. You'll get a clear idea of what needs to be fixed and feel good knowing a safety hazard isn't looming over your head.