Garage doors are for safety of your home and cars. It requires regular maintenance and upkeep to keep them fit and properly functional as well as increase their lifespan. All garage doors need regular care, but automatic garage doors need special attention. Generally, garage doors have an average lifespan of 12 years. Make sure that you take good care of your garage doors to improve their life tenure with routine maintenance and care. Garage door maintenance is not difficult. Follow a few simple steps to keep your garage door operating smoothly.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: To avoid any injury, let everyone in your household know about the garage door inspection. Ask them not to use the garage doors during the inspection until you tell them you are finished.
Know Your Garage Door
Garage door installed at you home might be different from what others use. Identify your garage door system. Read the manual that came with the garage door system if you have it with you. Else, search for the product manual online using the manufacturer name and model for your garage door.
Understand the garage door openers, which are the most common parts that require maintenance in any garage door. Garage door opener systems are generally of the following drive types:
- Chain-drive systems: Such systems are most common and inexpensive ones. It has an electric motor with a metal chain to operate the door.
- Belt-drive systems: Similar to the chain drive system, but with a rubber belt instead of a chain to operate the garage door.
- Screw-drive systems: These systems have a threaded steel rod for opening and closing the door. Used in garage doors with heavy, one-piece tilt-up doors.
Maintaining Garage Door
For the best and reliable guidance on maintaining your garage door opener, read the owner’s manual provided by the manufacturer for the make and model installed at your home. It will include specifics about the power unit as well as maintenance and troubleshooting information.
Visual & Noise Inspection: Inspect all mounting brackets, cables, fasteners, tracks, and supports, looking for loose, bent, or worn parts. Tighten, adjust, or replace as needed. Try to listen for any abnormal or creaking noise while operating the garage door.
Check Cords & Wires: Check the wires and cord connections between the opener and the electrical outlet. Any visual problems must be fixed, electrical connections secured. If your garage door opener uses a battery backup, inspect the battery for power and reliability.
Check Remotes & Control Panels: Replace batteries in the garage door remote control and wall control keypads if required.
Use Lubricants: For proper functioning of the door, lubricate the chain, screw and rollers with a spray lithium lubricant. Apply lubricant to all moving hardware parts and run the opener a couple of times.
Check Auto-Reverse System: Every few months, check the auto-reverse system of your garage door, which opens the door immediately in case of any obstruction while closing. It helps in keeping your vehicle safe in case of accidental closing of doors while car in the way. You can use a folding chair and place it below the garage door to create an obstruction while inspecting the system. You can also start to close the garage door and then insert a broom or rake into the path of the electronic eyes of the garage door auto-reverse system.
Garage Door Balance Test: If your garage door has an automatic opener system, close the door and disconnect the automatic opener. Lift the door manually to see if it opens smoothly with little resistance and remain fully open. Any visible problem should be serviced by a trained garage door repair technician.
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