Garage Door Preventative Maintenance

Man installing a garage door

In order to keep your garage working well, there are a few maintenance and safety tips all homeowners should be aware of. These are quick, easy tests that should be performed regularly in order to make sure your door lasts for decades to come. When in doubt, check the owner’s manual for upkeep and safety tips!

Garage Door

Do a Visual inspection – Look at the various hardware pieces of the door. This includes the:

  • Springs
  • Rollers
  • Pulleys
  • Cables
  • Track
  • Mounting hardware
  • Weather stripping

Make sure there is not any wear or damage to these pieces. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is the mounting hardware screwed in tight?
  • Are the cables fraying in any way?
  • Does the door make lots of noise when it opens or closes?

Be sure to look over each part. Now is the time to fix these issues. It’s always better to fix the small issue than ignoring it and it becomes a more serious issue.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Many of these parts can be easily fixed by the homeowner, however, the springs, cables, brackets, and other hardware attached to the springs are under high tension. If these are handled poorly, they can result in serious injury. Adjustments should be made by a qualified professional or mechanically experienced person. Call us for help in these areas.

Other Things to Look for Include:

  • Lubrication – This is one of the easiest ways to add years of use to your garage door. Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. Use low temp grease on the opener’s chain or screw and a spray lubricant to coat the overhead springs, hinges, rollers, and tracks. This does not need to be done every month, but including it in the inspection list will not hurt.
  • Door balance – Use the manual release on your door so you are operating it rather than it being mechanically operated. Open and close the door a few times.
    • Is it easy to open?
    • Does it open smoothly and easily?
    • Does the door stay opened?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions, your door may be out of balance and need servicing.

  • Garage door itself – Check the door for signs of water damage, warp, chipped, or peeling paint.

Using this checklist, any homeowner can help lengthen the life of a garage door. If you have any questions about this checklist, be sure to give us a call at:

620-227-8093 or 800-747-9868