If you’ve spent thousands of dollars on purchasing new vehicles for your family, it’s important to consider the safety and maintenance of your garage door. A garage door keeps vehicles safe and protected from burglars, and helps to prevent the transfer of hot or cold temperatures from getting in or out of your home. With a well-maintained garage door, you will not have to worry about repairing or replacing it anytime soon. Following are 5 garage door safety and maintenance tips recommended to be keep your garage door running smoothly all year round.
Inspect the Interior Components
Close your garage door, and examine the components from the inside. You will only find a small number of parts being used in the door mechanism, so naturally there is no need to spend much time inspecting the same. You should however, closely inspect the springs, tracks, brackets and hinges with care. Check for any rusty tracks, or loose screws. Should you find any problems that that look like they need to be fixed or repaired, contact a garage door professional or specialist to make any necessary repairs.
Test the Balance
If the door has an automatic opener, disconnect it to test the balance. Attempt to open and close the garage door manually. The door should operate without the exertion of much force on your end. In case you experience any amount of resistance, it is important to check thoroughly, and contact a professional to repair any underlying issues before they snowball into a much bigger problem.
Perform Reverse Checks
It is important to find out whether all of the safety features in your garage door are working properly or not. Most garage doors nowadays are designed to stop if there any obstructions that are sensed. You should certainly check for this. Open your door fully, and place a wooden block or some other object in its path. Try to close the door, and if it is working properly, then it should automatically come to a stop, and go back up in the reverse direction as soon as it touches the object.
Lubricate Door Components
Make sure that your door rollers are not damaged or wobbly. The rollers should be lubricated at least once every 6 months, or when you begin to hear sounds being produced when the door is opening or closing. Check for any loose screws, nuts or mounting bolts that may need to be tightened.
Check the Sensors
If there are safety sensors in your garage door, try to test them out monthly. Try closing the door, and obstruct the beam while exercising caution. Disallow anything in its path if the reverse detectors are not properly working.
For more information about garage door maintenance, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our garage door specialists, please feel free to contact us today at: (801) 430-9021 for Ogden, (435) 363-4929 in Logan, and (801) 931-6621 in Salt Lake City.