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Want to Know How to Avoid Garage Door Repair? Read These Simple Tips!

Let’s face it, a malfunctioning garage door can be a real pain. It disrupts your routine, exposes your belongings to the elements, and can even pose a safety hazard. But before you call in the repair professionals (which Advanced Door is always happy to do!), consider these four preventative maintenance tips to keep your garage door running smoothly and avoid costly repairs down the road.

1. Lubricate Like a Pro:

Friction is the enemy of a smooth-operating garage door. Regular lubrication is key to keeping your door moving quietly and efficiently. Every 2-3 months, use a spray lubricant on the following key components:

  • Hinges: Apply lubricant to the metal pins where the hinges connect the door sections and the tracks.
  • Rollers: These wheels are responsible for the door’s vertical movement. Spray lubricant where the rollers meet the tracks.
  • Lock Mechanism: A little lubrication on the moving parts of the lock ensures smooth operation when using your key or remote.

Pro Tip: Avoid using WD-40 on your garage door! While it may seem like a quick fix, WD-40 is a petroleum-based product that can attract dirt and actually dry out components over time. Stick to a lubricant specifically designed for garage doors, like our Advanced Door Lube!

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2. Keep it Clean:

Just like any other machine, your garage door can accumulate dirt, dust, and debris over time. This buildup can interfere with the smooth operation of the rollers and tracks. Twice a year, take some time to clean your garage door with a damp cloth and a mild soap solution. Pay special attention to the tracks, removing any dirt or grime that could impede the rollers’ movement.

3. Inspect and Tighten:

With constant use, the screws and bolts on your garage door opener and hardware can loosen. Every 6 months, perform a visual inspection and tighten any loose screws or bolts with a wrench or socket set. This ensures all components are secure and functioning properly.

4. Test the Safety Features:

Your garage door’s safety features are there for a reason – to prevent injuries. Monthly, test the automatic reversal system. Place a 2×4 block (or similar object) on the floor in the path of the closing door. The door should automatically reverse when it touches the object. If the safety sensors aren’t working properly, do not use the automatic opener and contact a qualified technician from Advanced Door for repairs.

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Advanced Door: Your Partner in Preventative Maintenance

By following these simple preventative maintenance tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of unexpected garage door problems. However, if you notice any concerning noises, uneven movement, or malfunctioning features, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. At Advanced Door, our experienced technicians can diagnose and repair any garage door issue, ensuring your door operates safely and efficiently for years to come.

Remember, a little preventative maintenance goes a long way! Contact Advanced Door today for a free consultation and keep your garage door running smoothly all year round.

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