Garage Door Maintenance

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Regular maintenance of your garage door is essential to ensure its proper functioning and longevity. Here are some key steps to keep your garage door in good condition:

1. Visual Inspection:

  • Begin by visually inspecting your garage door for any signs of wear and tear. Look for rust, dents, cracks, or loose parts.
  • Check the cables, springs, rollers, and hinges for any damage or fraying.

2. Lubrication:

  • Lubricate all moving parts, including rollers, hinges, and springs, with a high-quality garage door lubricant.
  • Make sure to use a silicone-based lubricant, and avoid using WD-40 as it can attract dirt and debris.

3. Tighten Hardware:

  • Check for loose bolts, nuts, and screws on the door and its hardware. Tighten them as needed to prevent further issues.

4. Balance and Alignment:

  • Test the balance of your garage door by disconnecting the automatic opener and manually lifting the door. It should stay open halfway.
  • If the door is unbalanced or doesn’t stay open, it may need professional adjustment.

5. Weather Stripping:

  • Inspect the weather stripping at the bottom of the door. Replace it if it’s cracked or damaged to maintain a proper seal.

6. Clean Tracks:

  • Clean the tracks on both sides of the door with a damp cloth to remove dirt, debris, and any obstructions.

7. Test Safety Features:

  • Test the safety features of your garage door opener, including the auto-reverse mechanism, to ensure they are functioning correctly.

8. Replace Worn Parts:

  • If you notice any severely worn or damaged parts, such as springs or cables, it’s crucial to replace them promptly. These components are under high tension and should only be replaced by a professional.

9. Professional Inspection:

  • Consider scheduling an annual professional inspection to identify and address any hidden issues that may not be apparent during your visual inspection.

10. Paint and Seal:

  • If your garage door is made of wood, regularly repaint or reseal it to protect it from the elements and maintain its appearance.

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