Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tips for Basic Garage Door Care

The garage door is one of the objects present in the home that needs proper maintenance and care, now and then. Only when they are properly maintained, they do their task perfectly with little manual efforts. Since they help in securing your vehicles, it is your responsibility to keep them in good condition. There are certain tips and techniques that you need to follow in maintaining and repairing your garage doors yourself. The most important safety precaution while you are working on the garage door is that you need to mention all your family members about the work, so that they do not open or close the door without your consent. As the garage door is the largest moving object, it may cause you serious injury when mishandled. Hence, make sure that you are aware of what you’re doing. It is important for you to visually inspect the door at least once a month to check for any flaws in the system. Go inside the garage and close the door to look at the springs, rollers and pulleys for any damage. If you find anything look abnormal, call for a technician immediately. You must also perform door balance test every month to check if the door is out of balance. This test should be performed only if the door has an automatic opening system. In that case, disconnect the door opener and try to lift the door manually. If the door opens easily without any tension, the door is in proper working condition. Else, it is out of balance and needs repair right away.

As a safety precaution, all garage doors need to install reverse mechanism system, which reverses the closing of the door when there is any object in between the door and the basement. Photo eye or an edge sensor is the technology used in the reverse mechanism system. The system will ensure that no person is trapped in between the door and the basement. You need to check the working of the reverse mechanism system at least once a month. Simply place a piece of brick in the center of the entrance where the door makes contact with the ground. Switch on the automatic door and see if the door reverses back when it comes in contact with the brick. If it does not, then the garage needs to be repaired by a technician. Similarly, to check the photo eye system in place, open the door completely and close the door by pressing the wall button. When the door is about to close, wave any object before the photo eyes. If the door reverses, the system is working fine. Else, try the same by wiping the eye using a soft cloth. If the problem persists, contact a technician.

There is one more manual test that is to be performed every month along with all the above tests. It is the force setting test, in which you need to open the door completely before closing it automatically. When the door is closing down, use your hand to lift the door manually. If the door immediately reverses, then it is working fine. Else, the force of the door is excess and needs repair immediately. All the above tests should be done every month as it ensures the proper working of the door, which is needed for the safety of people living in the house. Apply lubricant at least twice a year to the hinges and tracks of the doors. Also, wipe the door with water and soap to avoid dirt and moisture settling on the door surface. Even though there are many do-it-yourself guides on the internet on servicing garage doors in Fallbrook, it is better to give the job to experts. As you need to deal with a heavy object, it is wise to repair the door only if you’re confident that you can do the job with perfection. When the door is maintained properly, they will last longer, preventing you from replacing them often which is more costly. If there are children in the house, make them aware of the working conditions of garage door and its safety precautions.