When it come to maintenance, garage doors are not typically at the top of the list in most of our minds. It’s not surprising that the latest study conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the International Door Association (the world’s largest association of professional garage door dealers and installers) shows that 82% of Americans take their garage doors for granted. This rarely thought of home maintenance check is something that we all should be doing to avoid costly repairs in the future.
Expensive repairs usually come when our garage doors are not maintained. These simple monthly and yearly checks can keep you from a devastating repair bill or a complete door replacement. Knowing what to look for can prevent a small problem from turning into a bigger problem.
Monthly Visual Inspection:
One of the first and easiest tests you can perform is the eye check test. All this test requires is an opening and closing of the garage door several times, while you watch closely to ensure that the rollers are on the tracks and the brackets are holding the components in place. This will give you a good idea of how your door is tracking. You will also be able to see if there are parts of your garage door that need a little extra grease.This test should be performed monthly to ensure that you catch any possible issues before they become huge problems.
Monthly Door Balance Test:
Another test you can perform is the door balance test. First, unplug and unlock your garage door. Lift the door manually to ensure that there is no tension and the door tracks smoothly on the tracks. This test should also be completed once a month to prevent further damage.
It is important to keep your garage well lubricated. Twice a year apply lubrication to the garage door hinges, rollers and tracks. A spray lubricant like 3-in-1 Aerosol Quick Dry Garage Door Lube works well and it only costs around $25.
Let your family or housemates know that you are checking your garage door when you are performing these tests. Remember to use extreme caution when running your tests and inspections. Garage doors can be dangerous and it’s important to take precautions when conducting your garage door maintenance.
Staying on top of your garage door maintenance can help prevent time consuming repairs and unwanted costs. Being proactive with these maintenance steps is an easy way to protect your garage door and avoid high repair costs.