Do you know how to keep your garage door running smoothly?
When these durable but not indestructible parts break down, many people turn to a serviceman often without first trying simple DIY solutions.
However, like any other part of your home, if you take a DIY approach, you’ll prolong the life of your door.
Here are four DIY garage door maintenance tips you can try
1. Check the Springs Regularly
Check the garage door springs regularly to maintain good working order. Garage door springs are built to last but eventually wear out and need replacements.
Homeowners can check their springs for damage by looking for signs of wear and tear. If the springs are in good condition, they can be easily pulled back and forth with less effort.
Signs of wear on the springs, such as rust or damage, need immediate replacement to prevent the spring from breaking.
A broken spring can be dangerous; it can cause the door to come crashing down to the ground.
2. Lubricate the Tracks
One simple tip that every homeowner should know is to lubricate the tracks. The tracks are what the door panels roll on, and if they’re not properly lubricated, the door can stick or even come off the tracks.
Most home improvement stores sell a particular garage door lubricant. Apply it to the tracks and use a cloth to remove any excess. You can do this yourself with a few simple tools.
First, you will need a clean rag and some lubricant. Apply the lubricant to the clean rag and wipe down the tracks. Next, use a brush to remove any dirt or debris from the tracks. Finally, use a vacuum to remove any dust or dirt from the tracks.
3. Inspect the Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping inspection is one of the most important things you can perform to maintain your garage door. The weatherstripping seals the door against the elements and keeps your garage door insulated.
Over time, the weatherstripping can become worn or damaged, resulting in drafts, leaks, and air infiltration. Inspect the weatherstripping on your garage door annually and replace it if necessary.
4. Tighten the Hardware
To keep your garage door operating smoothly, regularly check and tighten the hardware.
Over time, the hardware can loosen and eventually break, causing the door to fall. Inspect all nuts and bolts on the door and frame, including the hinges, brackets, and pulleys.
Tighten all loose nuts and bolts with a socket wrench. At a minimum, you should tighten the springs, cables, pulleys, brackets, and rollers.
If your garage door opener is belt-driven, you should also check the tension on the belt. You can do all of this yourself or for more info, hire a professional.
Garage Door Maintenance is Important
To keep your garage door running smoothly and in good condition for years to come, it is important to perform regular maintenance.
Some simple DIY garage door maintenance tips include cleaning and lubricating the tracks and inspecting the hardware for any signs of wear and tear.
Following these tips can help prolong your garage door’s life, avoid major repair bills, and keep your garage door operating smoothly.
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