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8 Tips for Garage Door Maintenance in 2018

Whether you’ve decided to participate in New Year’s resolutions or not, we can all agree that the new year is an important time to incorporate best practices—especially when it comes to upkeep around the house and garage. Like many home projects, maintaining your garage door is a matter of checking it on a regular basis and periodic maintenance tasks. By keeping up with these periodic tasks, your garage door will work properly and more efficiently for a long time. Just spending a few minutes a month can extend the lifetime of your door and save you money. With this in mind, here are some tips to maintain your garage door in 2018.

1. Observe Regularly

To prevent small issues from growing into large problems, observe and listen to your garage door regularly to see if anything sounds abnormal. Check for jerky movements, or any scraping or grinding noises. Also, inspect your garage door to make sure that it is sitting symmetrically on the tracks. If you see a problem, check to see whether or not it is a minor fix, if so, you might be able to repair it yourself without the need to call a technician.

2. Tighten Hardware Periodically

Since your garage door moves up and down at least twice a day, it is important to tighten hardware periodically to ensure that it operates smoothly. It’s important to keep in mind that constant vibration from regular use can loosen hardware, and knock the door out of alignment or loosen it from its moorings.

3. Balancing the Garage Door

A balanced garage door works efficiently, but when it becomes unbalanced it has to work harder. You can check the balance by pulling the release handle to disconnect the opener from the door. Then manually move the door about half of the way along the track. If it stays put, it is balanced. If not, then the springs need to be adjusted. This is a task that a professional garage maintenance technician will have to repair for you.

4. Inspecting the Rollers

Rollers should be inspected twice per year and replaced if they get cracked, chipped or worn. Typically, they should last about seven years. To remove rollers, remove the bracket and then install a new roller.

5. Lubricate Moving Parts

Moving mechanical parts need grease to reduce friction and damage. Using white lithium grease on the chain and a spray lubricant on the overhead springs once a year will keep it moving perfectly. If you can’t find the grease in stores, ask your technician where you can purchase it.

6. Checking Cables

The high-tension cables hold the entire weight of the garage door, so don’t try to work on them yourself. However, you can check the condition of the cables periodically to see if you need to call a maintenance technician. Look for any damage or broken strands near the roller bracket at the bottom.

7. Clear the Tracks

Weather and wind can push debris into the garage door tracks, which can be resolved through regular overhead garage door maintenance in order to keep the tracks clear. When it’s windy, especially in the fall, check tracks for any debris such as leaves or sticks that can restrict movement. To keep the tracks cleared out, you can use a soft cloth to remove debris.

8. Clean Garage Door

The outside of the garage door gets the most wear-and-tear from weather. For signs of water damage, check the paint and spot check the door itself for any signs of warping. If the door is metal, pay close attention to detail for rust spots. To keep the surface from showing signs of rust and water damage, wash your garage door monthly.

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Betsy Chronister
Betsy Chronister
2022-09-13
I was given a very fair quote. A week later a tech came and installed. Then came back to install lock. Tech was very professional and polite. Spen time with me making adjustments to my liking. I totally recommend Overhead door to my fellow Okies.
Hendrix Morrow
Hendrix Morrow
2022-06-29
Overhead Door did a great job. They got me on the schedule the next day and fixed my spring in 30 minutes or less. Joe was great, professional, and courteous. Awesome service, and he didn't tell me I needed extra materials like the previous garage door people that quoted me $575. Overhead Door told me a price over the phone and it didn't change. I'd recommend them every time.
Sandy Molleda Molleda
Sandy Molleda Molleda
2022-03-22
A very good place for a new garage door and a new remote.
John Ehrhardt
John Ehrhardt
2022-01-28
Pleased with their services. Coil spring broke and door stopped working. Spoke to Ron, and less than 24 hrs later the technician had us up n running again. These guys did exactly what they promised to do, with no nonsense. I like that.
Julie Franco
Julie Franco
2021-08-24
Excellent and always count on them. Take care of you right away. I will always recommend them.
Tiffany Sbriglio
Tiffany Sbriglio
2021-07-31
I had called overhead doors because there was something wrong with my door. I had no clue what was wrong. The door technician they sent out was Amazing. He was fast pace,clean,organized and also showed/told me what all he was doing. Derick S. Is the reason why I will keep going back to them. He made sure he cleaned up his mess before leaving, he really went above and beyond. Request Derick for your service.

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