It’s mind-boggling when you think about it. We push a button and a massive door – the largest moving structure in our home – lifts magically out of sight so that we can park our cars inside our garage and away from the elements. Garage doors perform this task so faithfully that we rarely give them any thought. However, over time, you may need to perform a little maintenance to keep your garage doors in great working order.
Sluggish movement is a common issue as garage doors age. To pinpoint the cause, pull the release cord or lever on your automatic opener to disengage the door. If the door moves freely on the tracks, the problem may be the electric opener. Check the owner’s manual for troubleshooting tips or call a qualified repairman.
Daily use can shift the alignment of your door, causing the rollers to stick in the track. Solve this issue by loosening the track bracket bolt and placing a wooden block next to the bracket. Tap the block with a hammer until the rollers move freely again. Be sure to retighten the bolt before opening the door.
While all doors make some noise, they shouldn’t be too loud. If you notice more clattering than usual, a little lubrication may be needed. Apply penetrating oil – not grease – to the rollers and the hinges for a quick solution.
Springs do the majority of the heavy lifting on garage doors – about 95 percent – because they are under a lot of tension. However, as that tension diminishes over time, it can shift more of the load to the motor. To prevent this, it’s important to have the springs adjusted by a qualified garage door professional. Do not attempt to do this yourself as it is very dangerous.
Painting your garage door once a year is a great way to help reduce warping that can occur when a door is exposed to outdoor elements like heat and rain. This will not only keep the door looking nice, but it will also keep the door in good working order.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to keep your garage door opening with ease every day!