Three Easy Garage Maintenance Tips

You know how important it is to have regular maintenance done on your vehicle, but do you treat your garage door the same way? Many of us tend to take our garage doors for granted, but with plenty of moving parts they need maintenance or they’ll break down over time.

You should leave any major garage door repairs to the professionals, but there are some things you can do on your own to keep your door working properly and help prevent it from needing to be repaired or replaced too soon.

A malfunctioning garage door can not only be annoying or costly, it can also be a significant safety issue, especially if you have children. Here are a few things you can do to help maintain your garage door:

  1. Pay Attention – When garage doors start making noises that means that something is likely wrong. If you catch them at the early stages the problem might not be too bad, but if you ignore it and let it go on too long it could lead to larger issues.

  2. Lubricate – Use WD-40 or another penetrating solvent to lubricate your garage door’s rollers, roller tracks, hinges, and latches. For extension-spring openers lubricate the pulleys and for torsion-spring openers lubricate the bearings. Next, you’ll want to wipe everything clean and then apply a light oil like a 3-in-1 lubricant.

  3. Weather-stripping – You’ll want to check the door’s weather-stripping along the sides. If you find that it’s jamming against the sides you can try adjusting it but you may need to have it replaced. For wooden doors that don’t have weather-stripping, make sure they are sealed or painted and you may also want to have them weather-stripped.

If you are consistent you’ll only need to inspect your garage once or twice a year. If you are experiencing any problems with your garage door don’t hesitate to give Guardian Garage Door Services a call at 609-693-8040 to schedule an appointment.

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