Garage doors are pretty simple in terms of function and operation. The doors go up and down, over and over. Until, one day, the garage door doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. However, since garage doors are simple in function, they can also be simple to repair. Sometimes, even garage doors that were previously reliable may stop working and need to be repaired or replaced.
If your garage door is working well, you can keep it working that way if you inspect the door and perform maintenance on it regularly. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Look at the tracks and rollers on the garage door. If you can’t recall the last time you cleaned the rollers or tracks, you should clean these parts with a sturdy brush and mild household cleaner. It’s also important to lubricate the axles and rollers. It’s common for the bearings on rollers to wear out, and you should replace any rollers that aren’t operating smoothly.
Be sure to tighten the hardware as well. The tracks, which are designed to guide the roller for overhead garage doors are assembled in sections and attached to the garage with brackets. Be sure the sections are secured and the screws and bolts that hold the brackets are very tight. Check the pulleys and cables as well. Garage doors that are operated with springs have cables and pulleys that could wear out over time. Damaged pulleys and frayed cables should be replaced as soon as possible, and this task is best handled by professionals.
Be sure to test the door balance as well. A garage door only needs a few pounds of pressure to move it up and down. If the springs are worn and aren’t as resilient as before, a power garage door opener will have to work overtime to lift the door. This will wear out the opener and the motor. Contact a professional technician to replace the worn-out springs as soon as possible.
You should also test the auto reverse feature on the garage door opener. The openers are created to automatically lift and reverse the door if it comes in contact with an obstacle on the way to the floor. If the feature doesn’t work correctly, the garage door, which is very heavy, can be a safety hazard and the opener should be replaced or repaired.
Noisy garage doors can cause all types of problems, especially for those whose bedrooms are next to or above the garage. Fortunately, you can fix this issue with regular garage door maintenance and replacing parts as necessary. If the tips above don’t quiet your noisy garage door, it’s likely that your hinges should be replaced. And rollers, which run on the metal tracks, can wear out over time and make noise when the bearing stops rolling smoothly.
If you’ve tried these solutions and find that they’re not working or work for a short period before your garage door malfunctions again, call a professional garage repair service in your area. Ensure that the company is licensed and insured and take a look at customer reviews to know what to expect when the repair specialists visit your home.