Avoid Costly Repairs with these Garage Door Maintenance Tips
Posted on Mar 16, 2019
You expect your garage door to open and close properly every time – and it should! Still, every garage door needs to be inspected and repaired regularly to keep it operating smoothly. If you take care of your garage door, it can last you for years to come, preventing a costly replacement. Here are a few tips from our C&W Garage Door experts to help you keep it working longer:
Inspect the Actual Door
We often replace garage door openers, but eventually the door itself will also become worn out. Wood doors can absorb water over time, causing them to rot or warp. Steel doors might begin to rust. Take the time to clean up any rust and look over your garage door every few months to keep it running smoothly and looking its best. If you need help choosing a new garage door that’s made to stand up to harsh Canadian winters, take a look through these trusted brands.
Keep Everything Lubricated
Like any moving equipment, it’s important that your entire garage door system is always properly lubricated. Everything from the garage door springs, rollers, track, and hinges may need added lubrication. If you notice an excessive amount of squeaking when your garage door opens or closes, it’s a good sign this should be on your to-do list!
Check the Rollers
Your garage door rollers are what keep your door opening smoothly. Most garage doors use nylon or steel rollers, which will deteriorate over time. If you notice chips or cracks in in your rollers it’s definitely time to replace them. You can remove and replace the roller brackets that aren’t attached to any cables, but it’s always best to leave replacements to the pros.
Watch Out for Debris
Over time, your garage door track will fill with debris like leaves, dust, or moss. If there’s too much debris in your track, your automatic opener may start lagging or stalling. Take the time to inspect your tracks in the spring and clean them out before they become clogged. Clean-up is easy – just give it a quick vacuum or wipe away the debris with a damp cloth.
Inspect Your Safety Sensors
Most garage doors today have safety sensors that will stop your overhead door from closing if anything is in the way. This safety feature uses infrared sensors on either side of the door. If anything blocks the sensors, the door won’t close. When your door isn’t closing properly, check these sensors first to see if anything is blocking them. You can also test the sensors by closing the door and then intentionally blocking them. If they’re working properly, the door will start rising as soon as you block the sensor.
Look for Loose Hardware
If you have a loose chain or screw anywhere in your opener, you might be able to tighten it yourself, but for larger parts such as the springs or rollers, you’ll want to contact a garage door repair service technician. When you’re constantly tightening different parts of your garage door opener, it’s a good sign there’s a larger issue that needs to be taken care of.
Garage door opener repair and maintenance are an essential part of keeping your garage door in peak condition. Following these simple tips can help you detect any damage and avoid replacing your opener or door too soon. Make sure you take the time to keep your opener operating at its best!
Does your garage door need an inspection or repair? Our service technicians complete service calls for garage door repair in Edmonton and the surrounding area. Plus, we can set up bi-annual maintenance and inspections so you don’t have to worry about your system at all. Contact C&W Canada Garage Doors in Edmonton to book an appointment.