Monday, June 3, 2013

Garage Door Maintenance: The Basics

Garage door maintenance is something that should be added to our weekend’s list of things to be attended to. Our garage doors are “severely” used more than we can ever imagine and this leads to wear and tear. In an average home of say about six (6) to ten (10) people, the garage door will be opened and closed about fifteen (15) to twenty (20) times a day. In a whole year, you can imagine the number of openings and closings! If the garage doors are not maintained, it will become faulty and begin to cause you inconvenience, not only that, it could eventually cause damage to your home, your vehicles and to you yourself. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to do some maintenance on the garage door for at least three times in a year.

The Torsion Springs and Rollers

There are several mechanical facets of Temecula garage doors that should always be examined. You have to check out the metal brackets that hinge the garage door with the house, the torsion springs and the rollers too. Always ensure that they’re all firmly attached and that the rollers run smoothly in their tracks. When you notice that the rollers aren't running smoothly in the tracks, check to see whether they have been broken or simply need some lubrication. If you notice that they are damaged, endeavor to find replacements. They’re easy to remove. If they only stick a little, then you have to use silicon-based lubricants.

The Tracks

As a major aspect of the maintenance process, it is very much appropriate to check the tracks and ensure that the bolted sections are in line with each other. Sometimes, one bolt that binds the track together may loosen up. When this happens, you see that the tracks will slightly slant from each other, or the loosened bolt will project in the portion of the track, resulting to the rollers sometimes catching on them. This might result to a twisted force acting on the opener, and this might trigger it to change direction. All you need do is to tighten the loosened track bolts and ensure that the track sections flow freely. It is a very nice idea to always lubricate the door tracks with engine oil. You can make use of a rag, wiping them down. Make sure you use a level when you’re examining the tracks to ensure levelness. Ensure that they’re parallel and if they’re not, try to make adjustments.

The Springs

The springs should also be properly examined ensuring that they’re firmly fastened to the door and frame too. You can open the garage door manually to know whether the door is heavy when lifting; or when closing, if you need additional effort to do so. If you notice this, then you need to adjust the springs. They should be adjusted in such a way that when the door is raised halfway open, it remains so and not falling down. It is abnormal for the garage door to move either upwards or downwards on its own accord without any external applied pressure. It should be noted that springs under tension are quite dangerous; therefore the adjustments o garage doors should be strictly done by professionals. You can also apply a little engine oil to the springs to ensure that they don’t catch when the garage door is being opened or closed.

Examine the basal parts to ensure they are rust free and not decaying. All these listed tips should get your garage door functioning smoothly all year round.