Before the weather starts to turn colder and the winter temperatures set in, there are three maintenance checks every homeowner should perform on their garage doors since issues only worsen with the rough conditions of winter. Any cracking, misalignment, or worn parts of your garage door is included in these maintenance checks. The emergency repair services commonly increase when the temperatures dip. You can do a check on your garage door now to significantly reduce the risk of needing repairs for your garage door in the midst of winter. We at AAA Garage Doors are an advocate for homeowners in the Las Vegas, NV Valley to perform maintenance checks this fall.
Visual Inspection of Garage Door Parts
Step 1) You need a stable ladder to look closely at the tracks on the ceiling. Search for signs of rust, or any damage like bending or crinkling or any unusual debris.
Step 2) Look for wear or rust as you assess the rollers.
Step 3) Check for any fraying, worn areas, or rust along the cables.
Step 4) With the garage door closed, check the seal around the door is required. Inspect along all of the edges and look for any light.
Step 5) Survey the hinges for rust or cracks.
Contact a professional for replacement parts before a major malfunction occurs in the event you find any worn parts or the presence of rust.
Garage Door Balance Test
Step 1) Disconnect the door from the control of the garage door opener with the garage door closed. Simply pull the red release cord to do this.
Step 2) Stopping just at waist height and hold it steady lift the garage door manually.
Step 3) The door should remain at waist height the door and step away from here. In the event the garage door falls an adjustment is required. The springs are too tight should the garage door goes up. Both of these scenarios, undue wear is being put on the garage door opener. When the springs are too tight and if the door requires a re-adjustment, it is strained against gravity pulling the garage door down, the door has to work against the spring pulling it up.
Step 4) The garage door for balance needs to be adjusted if it fails the test and moves in any direction, a professional is needed. Do not attempt this repair on your own without experience and training, the springs and garage door adjustment need the expertise of a trained technician for efficiency, and most importantly safety.
Check Bottom Seal of Garage Door
Between the bottom of the door and the floor, the garage door has a seal. Being either a solid black flap or tube-shaped, this element is referenced often as the astragal. With the use of a specific material designed and shaped to form a tight seal and soft close the seal is made. It is very common for pests to chew through the seal to reach the warmth and refuge the garage has to offer in the fall. It is important to get the seal replaced to keep the garage door operating smoothly, avoid pest intrusions, and keep the weather out if the seal is damaged by time or pests.