How to Maintain Your Garage Door

Your garage door is actually one of the largest moving parts in your entire home, and is likely used multiple times every day at any hour and during all seasons. In order to keep your garage door operating smoothly for a long time, it’s important that you take the time to perform regular preventive care and maintenance. Here are ten things you can do:

Tighten up the Hardware

The average garage door will move up and down more than a thousand times a year. This results in a lot of vibration and movement which can loosen the hardware. Make sure to examine and tighten all the roller brackets and bolts.

Lock and Listen

Observe your garage door every time you use it. Is it moving smoothly or is it jerky in places? Is it operating silently or is it making grinding and scraping noises? Also make sure that both sides of the system, such as the springs, pulleys and cables all look symmetrical.

Inspect and Replace the Rollers

The rollers, regardless if they are steel or nylon, need to be inspected twice a year and replaced every seven years. Any rollers that are worn, chipped or cracked should be replaced as soon as possible. This is done by removing and reinstalling any roller brackets that are not attached to the cable system.

Test the Garage Door Balance

If your garage door is not properly balanced, the opener will have to work harder and it won’t last as long as it should. After you disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle, manually move the door about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay where it is, the counterweight system is improperly balanced.

Lubricate the Moving Parts

Keep your garage door parts greased up and you will add years of seamless operation to your system. The best part is that it only takes ten minutes each year. Use white lithium grease on the opener’s chain and a spray lubricant to coat the overhead springs.

Replace the Weatherstripping

If the rubber weather seal strip on the bottom of your door is brittle or cracked, replace it right away. This helps prevent the elements from reaching in your house (i.e. cold air, debris etc.).

Test the Auto-Reverse Safety Features

There are two mechanisms of the auto-reverse safety feature. Here are the ways to test both:

Photocell: the photoelectric system with beams on each side. To test this, close your door and pass your leg in the door’s path. The door should reverse.

Mechanical: to test this, place a piece of wood/brick on the ground in the path of the door. When the door comes down to touch that object, it should reverse.

Check the Cables

Do NOT tinker with the high tension cables that lift your door because they pose a huge safety risk. But check their condition by checking for broken strands and damage near the bottom roller bracket.

Groom your Garage Door

Don’t forget to examine the door. Wooden doors will need to be checked for any warping and water damage, as well as chipping and peeling paint. Steel doors will need to be checked for any rust spots. Make sure to wash your garage door regularly with a mild all-purpose cleaner.

Clear the Tracks

Lastly, make sure the track on each side of the door is free from debris so that the door will go down without any obstacles.


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