Garage Door Maintenance Tips

(March 16, 2013)
Your garage door is a mechanical item with moving parts that will wear out and break at some point.

You depend on your door for access in and out of your house. There’s the old saying “It only breaks when you need it”. You don’t want a broken door and your car stuck inside when you need to get to an important appointment.

We recommend yearly service by a professional to reduce the likelihood of this but there are things you can do yourself. Pay attention to how your door works and the noises it makes. Most doors and openers if properly adjusted should be fairly quiet. Familiarize yourself with it and take note of changes. Keep the photo safety eyes on your opener clean and clear of obstructions. Also keep stored items away from them to avoid knocking them out of alignment. Check doors regularly for loose or missing hardware and parts. Check your cables for any sign of fraying or wear. Doors should be lubricated regularly with a proper lubricant. If you are unsure what to use ask your garage door dealer. In winter keep all snow and ice away from the bottom of the door to prevent it freezing down and causing damage.

Remember the springs are under extreme tension and should only be worked on by a professional with the proper training and tools.

Although no-one can guarantee the door won’t break, regular maintenance can catch a lot of problems before they happen.