People often tend to ignore the importance of their garage doors, until they stop working. Since being in constant use, they tend to degrade, lose their visual appeal, and weaken the security they provide to the house.
Over 30,000 people die in garage door related accidents.
In order make sure that the garage doors keep working properly, follow these 6 maintenance tips:
Lubricating moving parts
Having well lubricated moving parts like hinges, rollers, bearings and pulleys is paramount. However, it is advisable not to lubricate a garage door with a WD 40 lubricant. A lithium or silicone spray would work. There are some parts that do not require any lubrication like the bottom of the door, the chain, chain rail, springs and the door track.
Cleaning up the Door track
Some people have the habit of lubricating a garage track when the door becomes squeaky. This does not solve the problem, but contributes to the poor functioning of the door. Lubricants harden the dust particles. This leads to additional collection of dust.
The door track must be cleaned rigorously. Clean the inside of the door track with a damp cloth first, then wipe it off with a dry cloth. WD 40 lubricants may be used if the dust is difficult to clean.
Placing Weather Seals
Weather seals must be applied to the base of the door. This makes the garage doors more durable and prevents moisture from entering into your garage. This is also a great way to conserve energy.
Make sure the Garage Door sensors are aligned
Your garage door might stop working because of the garage door sensors. It is possible that the garage door sensors get misaligned. They must be facing each other in order to work properly.
Also make sure the lens of the sensors are clean. Whenever the laser between them gets broken, the garage door does not close.
If the garage door is not balanced, it means the garage opener is working twice as hard to open and close the door. This also means the opener will not last as long as it should.
To test the balance of the door, disconnect the opener, and manually open the door, leaving it only halfway up. If the door stays that way, it means it is balanced. If it moves, then it requires a professional treatment.
Get professional help
Maintaining a garage door can sound very hectic and time consuming for some. There is also a possibility of missing out certain key factors, or not doing something right.
Hiring a commercial door company to maintain or repair your garage door can ensure that it continues to work dependably and safely for years. Based in San Diego County, Austin doors offers commercial door installation and repair services. Get in touch with the company to contact experts with years of experience!