Garage Door Maintenance: Easy, But Essential
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No one likes to maintain stuff. Especially something you use so much you don’t really think about. Like a garage door!
But we have to remember that garage doors are mechanical beasts. And all mechanical devices need a bit of TLC to function over the long haul.
The good news: garage door maintenance is really easy and takes very little time – it doesn’t require hiring someone, either.
You can do all of this in a few minutes, twice a year – although a lot of garage door professionals will tell you to check your door for the issues below every 3 months.
Opener Unit (Motor Head)
If your garage door closes briefly and then opens automatically or if it gets stuck before touching the ground, then you may need to reset your unit.
Every unit has its own instruction for reset. Generally speaking, you will need to remove the power (unplug the opener) for a set time, then hold the up and down buttons for a certain amount of time.
Keep Door Track Free of Debris
Check your door tracks and use a moist towel to remove any debris that has accumulated.
If You Hear A Squeak – Lubricate!
Use a silicone or lithium spray for the top part of the chain rail, stems, hinges, arm bar, and the lock.
For older units, your chain should be lubricated with a light spray of machine oil. Read your owner’s manual to make sure.
Note: never use WD40! it breaks down machine oil and will attract dirt and debris to the other components.
There is no need to lubricate your torsion/extension spring or your door track.
Keep Door Sensors in Alignment
A garage door sensor has two parts: the transmitter and the receiver. Both can get knocked out of alignment rather easily, by accidentally bending the mounting frame. It’s easy to return these into alignment by bending the frame by hand.
When checking sensor alignment, do it in the evening so you can use the indicator lights to see if the unit is functioning correctly – the indicator light will blink if not aligned or remain lit if it is aligned.
Check Your Weather Seals
Weather seals are recommended for the garage door bottom and between door panels.
Typically, only the bottom door seal will need to be replaced every few years, and only in extreme climates.
You can do this yourself – it only takes a few minutes.