There is nothing more annoying than a garage door that fails to open especially when you are in a rush and trying to get your car outside. The most common cause of defective garage doors is poor maintenance or lack of proper understanding of how these doors work.
Here are several tips to help you in garage door maintenance:
- Weather Stripping
Make sure that you replace the weather-stripping along the sides and below the garage door regularly. If you have a wooden garage door without weather-stripping at the bottom, your best bet is to paint or seal it. If the door is jamming against the sides you could try and adjust or replace the weather-stripping.
Make sure that all the hinges, rollers and latches are lubricated using a penetrating solvent such as WD-40 or any other solvent that is citrus based. Also, lubricate the bearings that are on the torsion spring openers and the pulleys attached to the extension spring openers. If your garage door is operated by a chain or drive screw, ensure that you apply lubricant to its full length since the garage door opener also needs to be maintained.
- Paint and seal
If you garage door is made of wood then it will require painting, weather-striping and sealant. Harsh weather conditions can remove the natural lubrication on the wood. You need to protect the garage doors during summer by stripping the old paint and then repainting or you could just paint over an existing paint. During winter, you need to seal all cracks and crevices that may have developed.
- Constant Cleaning
Garage doors will last longer and work better when properly cleaned regularly. Wipe all the garage door parts then apply a light oil lubricant such as a 3 in 1 lubricant to all the parts cleaned. Remove any accumulated dirt and grime using a spray bottle, a brush, water and soap by wiping down all the crevices and joints.
- Garage door remote control
Many garage doors have a wall mounted remote control. Ensure that you check the remote regularly and make sure that the light at the center is on. Otherwise, you might need to replace the remote or check that the power outlet is switched on and working correctly.
- Stuck hinges and rollers
If you encounter stuck hinges or rollers, you may want to try and soak them in kerosene then attempt to work the kerosene into all the cracks using a small brush or an old toothbrush.
- Faulty panels and hinges
Most wooden garage doors usually develop problems with the panels which could be damaged, warped or broken. If this occurs it is advisable to immediately replace the panel in order to prevent any additional damage to the door.
Chains and hinges can wear out or get damaged over time. If this is the case then it is best to replace the entire part with a new one. Any spare parts needed could be purchased from companies that repair garage doors in Chandler.
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