For most Arizona homeowners the garage door is the largest moving piece of equipment in your entire home. Just like other parts of your home, it needs love, attention, and proper maintenance. If the garage door is not properly maintained throughout the year you may be faced with unexpected damages and repairs. The beginning of the summer season, before the monsoons arrive, is a great time to practice these preventative maintenance tips.
1. Inspect All Garage Door Moving Parts
Inspecting your garage door is the first tip in keeping a healthy operating garage door system. Yes, this may seem simple, but it can save you a lot of headache in the long run. Make sure to look around the tracks, springs and mounting hardware for signs of excessive wear, damage or rust. The more you do this, the more likely you are to notice when something doesn’t look right. If you feel that something looks to broken or your garage door isn’t working properly, contact a professional so that it can be repaired safely.
2. Clean and Lube Your Garage Door
Washing your garage door keeps it looking nice and working well. Use water and mild detergent to remove any built-up dirt on both sides of the door. Make sure there is no debris stuck in the tracks and clear cobwebs from the mounting hardware. Lubricate the springs, rollers and all the hinges when the door is in a down position and disconnected from the opener. Be sure to use a recommended garage door lubricant. This is a good practice to keep your door running smooth and quiet.
3. Remove Rust
Steel garage doors may develop rust, but it’s easy to fix. Sand the rusted area, apply a primer and then paint over it with exterior-grade paint. You can use exterior latex paint on your whole door to protect your door from future rust problems.
4. Check Your Door’s Safety Features
Check the safety features of your door on a regular basis. All you have to do is open the door, place an object in the way of the door and then close it. The door should stop and reverse itself. You can also try putting something in front of the photo eye sensors while the door is closing to see if they are working. If they aren’t working correctly, get in touch with a professional to repair the issue.
The last thing you want is your heavy garage door to fall on your car or worse off a loved one or pet.
Contact the Garage Door Repair Specialist in Glendale, AZ
It can feel overwhelming at times to keep up of the needed parts of your home. After reading these four maintenance tips, if you feel your garage door is need of repairs or alignment contact our team at Garage Door Grunts for a quick over the phone evaluation or to schedule an appointment.