You want to keep your investment in tip-top shape, especially since most people rely on the garage to store your belongings and access your home daily. To keep it working longer and to prevent costly repairs down the road, you need regular maintenance on your garage door performed by you and licensed professionals. In order to keep your overhead doors working smoothly for years to come, we at AAA Action Garage Doors would like to share some important maintenance tips that needs to be done throughout the year.
Garage Door Inspection
To identify more apparent issues with the door, the first step in garage door maintenance is essential. Both automatically and then manually, open and close your garage door. Observe its performance and listen for any signs of issues. When the door is moving, listen for unusual banging sounds and loud noises. Check to make sure the door isn’t catching or jerky. Whether you notice any visual or auditory symptoms the garage door is not operating to its full potential, contact a pro for assessment and repairs.
Keep Garage Door Tracks Clear
A simple way to maintain your overhead door is keeping the tracks clear. Blockages and malfunctions with the door are created when the dirt and debris can collect on the tracks over time. Use a damp rag to wipe dirt and grime from the surface after gently brush debris from the tracks. You should leave any significant adjustments or repairs to professionals to ensure the tracks are safely and correctly repaired while you can safely and efficiently clean your garage door tracks.
Garage Door Hardware Tightening
Every day you likely open your garage door multiple times a day. Being about 1,000 to 1,400 cycles, every year occurs if you open your garage door three to four times daily. Inevitably, nuts and bolts become loose over time through the repeated use creates vibration. You can quickly tighten nuts, bolts and roller brackets yourself using a socket wrench and a screwdriver. You can cause more damage and faster wear on the components if you overtighten hardware. Avoid tightening red-painted hardware or hardware located on the bottom roller fixture. Ultimately, it is best to leave the professionals with the task of tightening or adjusting these components can damage your door or compromise safety.
Garage Door Cable Evaluation
Check and see if the cables for frays, tears and other damage. A safety hazard to anyone using the garage door presents itself when there are damaged cables can cause strain on the door parts. Avoid adjusting or repairing the cables yourself. They help your door operate, but cables are under high tension. They are dangerous to handle without proper training and can be unpredictable, however. Contact a technician if you see frayed or broken cables. While waiting for cable repair to protect yourself from harm, park your vehicle outside your house and use other entrances.
Assess Garage Door Rollers
To allow the door to open and close smoothly, guiding it along the track, garage door rollers are necessary. You want to inspect them for problems since damaged rollers can cause issues with the track and door operation. As long as they’re not directly attached to the cables or cable systems, you can replace damaged rollers. Along with the tracks for the best operation, keep rollers clear of debris. Periodically, check the rollers for cracks, chips and wear.
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We will continue with the quick maintenance guide part 2 in the near future. In the meanwhile, be sure to apply the above steps to your routine and make sure to hire a pro for maintenance, inspections, repairs, installations, and replacement garage door services. For garage door services in the Greater Las Vegas, NV area, call AAA Action Garage Doors and let us assist you with quality workmanship.