Although your garage door may look like a simple instrument, there is a lot that goes into moving your garage door up and down at a push of a button. A garage door is easy to move because of an intricate set of springs and pulleys that balances the weight of your door. In fact, if you have ever encountered a garage door with broken springs you can tell just how heavy they are and just how dangerous they can be.
While you should never attempt to repair your garage doors on your own there are a series of maintenance tasks that are well within the reach of the average homeowner and should be performed regularly to help extend the life of your garage door.
Lubricate: Noisy Garage doors are not only annoying to you, but your neighbors as well. Keep the metal parts such as chains rollers and hinges lubricated with a lithium or silicone spray.
Clean your Track: Another issue you may face with your garage door track could be that it is dirty. Your track requires regular cleaning as dirt and debris can build up on the track and lead to premature failure of your rollers, springs and even your bearings. Cleaning is very simple, a damp cloth will take care of most of the dirt and debris.
Replace Weather Seals: A weather seal is the soft rubber or plastic material located on the bottom and sides of your garage door. This flexible material creates a barrier when your garage comes all the way down and it is pressed against the floor, helping keep unwanted weather and air out. After some time these seals become worn down and can no longer perform their job properly. Depending on weather these seals should be replaced every 5 to 10 years.
Realign Garage Door Sensors: Your garage door sensors help your opener detect when the door is all the way up or down and all the way up, as well as when there is an obstruction that may keep the door from closing. Your garage door sensors are extremely important to the safety and function of your garage door. If the sensors get out of alignment your garage doors may not function properly.
These sensors are located at the bottom of the door and can be easily bumped out of place by entering and exiting the garage. Realigning them should not require more than just a gentle push but can help the overall function of your garage doors.