Garage doors are some of the most overlooked pieces of equipment around the house. It’s easy to forget how often they are used throughout the day, month, and years. That’s a lot of opening and closing, isn’t it? With regular maintenance checks not only will you lengthen the life of your garage doors; you will also be saving a ton of money in the long run! So follow these steps for a smooth sailing garage door.
Lubricating your door
A squeaking garage door isn’t the most pleasant sound but these helpful tips may rid you of this noisy problem. The proper lubrication method is to use a lithium or silicone spray, and avoid the use of WD 40. It is important to lubricate the top part of the chain rail, the stems, arm bar, hinges, numbs, lock, and metal rollers with ball bearings. Prevent lubricating the bottom part of the door’s chain rail, chain, garage door track, or the spring for best quality.
Clean the track
Solutions for a sticky or squeaking door can be tricky. So how do you clean the tracks while avoiding lubrication? You can easily clean your tracks with a damp cloth, then wipe over the tracks again using a dry cloth. As lubrication is thought to be the immediate solution, it may actually cause a build up of matter that can obstruct the functionality of your garage door. In a case where, after wiping the track, there is still a buildup of residue, you may use WD 40 lubricant. Then follow up by using wet and dry cloths once again.
Install weather seals
Don’t forget the weather seals! Weather seals are installed on the bottom part of your garage doors in between the door panels, and on the frame of the door. Not only will you be preventing moisture inside the garage; it will also cut down your energy bill. Now who doesn’t want that?
Realign the sensors
When you see a blinking light this is generally an indicator that your sensors are not aligned correctly. To fix this problem, gently push the sensors back into their proper position. Once the blinking light switches to a solid light, that is an indication that you have successfully readjusted your sensor.