The garage door is one of the most utilized features in your home. While the average person clicks their garage door button at least 4 times a day, it is easy to overlook routine maintenance that will help reduce costs in the future.
At-home garage door inspections don’t need to be very frequent (about once a month) and they take only a few minutes to complete. Early detection of garage door problems will keep repair costs low and ensure that you don’t need a full replacement any time soon.
So what steps can you take today to extend the life of your Atlanta home’s garage door to a decade or more?
As we mentioned earlier, this is the most important part of saving you money on your garage door. A normal monthly inspection is broken into a few key parts:
- Cursory assessment: Stand inside your garage with the door closed and look over the tracks, springs, cables, and mounting equipment. Simple wear and tear is normal, but if you notice any signs of rust, broken parts, or loose hinges, then you should call a technician. Also, do a quick test run of your garage door. Does it open/close at a steady rate or does it get stuck along the way? Remember to listen for any unnatural noises like screeching as well.
- Testing the Reverse Safety Mechanism: Every garage door manufactured since 1993 has reverse safety technology. In other words, if your garage door is closing and comes in contact with another object, it should automatically reverse. Place a small piece of wood underneath your garage door and see if it lifts back up at contact.
- Balance Testing: Turn off your automated garage door and try hand-lifting. Stand in front of your garage door and lift up; it should open with only a small amount of force. If it seems extremely heavy or jammed, then your garage may have an alignment or balance issue.
Cleaning and Lubricating the Track
Reducing noise in your garage can be as easy as lubricating the overheard track. Never make the mistake of using WD-40 though, as it will evaporate within a week of application. You want to use a long lasting, silicone-based lubricant that will keep the track smooth and quiet. This is only necessary about once every six month if you’re using the right kind of garage door lubricant.
Before lubricating the track, it is also a good idea to perform a through cleansing to get rid of grime and dirt that may be lodged in the track. Your garage door has dozens of moving parts that all grind against each other, so a lot of residue can build up quickly and cut the life of your garage door in half. Simply use a damp paper towel to scrub the insides of the track and use a metal solvent cleaner for any sticky materials.
Replacing the Weather Seals
The weather seals on the bottom of your garage door are primarily designed to keep your garage fully insulated. This protective lining keeps bugs and unwelcome animals visitors from crawling beneath the garage door, keeps cold air from flowing in from the bottom, and stops water from leaking into the interior of your garage. Open your garage door and inspect the weather seals for any holes or damage. While these typically last for years at a time, a garage door technician can replace them quickly and at a low price.
Realigning the Safety Sensors
At the bottom of your garage door are infrared beams that check the closing area for any obstructions. Even an object the size of a tennis ball will signal the garage door to reopen and a blinking light will flash on the safety sensors. Clear any obstructions that may be in the way of your garage door and make sure that the sensors are properly aligned a few inches off the ground.
These are only a few tips to make sure that you get the full life of your garage door. Remember that little bit of maintenance goes a long way and if you encounter any problems, then the experts at CSS Garage Doors can help. Give us a call today with any questions about maintaining your garage door.