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Maintaining a Garage Door

Oct 27th 2014 at 5:53 AM


Regular garage door maintenance is vital to ensure smooth performance, quite operation, and safety. While some simple inspections can be completed by the home owner, larger projects, like garage door panel replacement, should only be done by a professional.

Self Maintenance

There are a number of small garage door maintenance tasks homeowners can perform to keep their garage door in tip top shape. Before getting started, however, it's vital to note that homeowners, under no circumstances whatsoever, should attempt to replace or fix a garage door spring; this is a dangerous and potentially life threatening task.

Visual Inspection

Once a month, homeowners should just look all the garage door equipment over. Notes should be made of rust, sagging or bent parts, fraying wires, or any other signs of damage. Defects do not necessarily mean that the homeowner needs to replace garage door parts, but a professional does need to be called.

Manually Opening

Again, once a month, homeowners should close their garage door and try to manually lift it. If the door cannot be easily opened, there is likely an issue and the door should be serviced by a professional.

Safety Test

Since 1993, all new garage doors are required to have a reversing mechanism and an eye sensor. Both of these systems work together to prevent accidents and injury. Homeowners should regularly check that these systems are working properly.

Professional Maintenance

Some repairs, like a garage door tune up, require a lot of experience to perform properly and should be only performed by trained professionals. The money spent will be well worth it when the door functions smoothly for years to come.

New Door Installation

It cannot be emphasized enough; the process to replace garage door is very detailed, difficult, and dangerous. Parts must be perfectly balanced, the right tools are needed, and mistakes are likely when experience is lacking. Most specifically, improperly removing and installing the garage door tension springs can literally lead to loss of life or limb.

Garage Door Tune Up

A garage door needs a regular tuned up by a professional at least once a year. During the process, the repairman will check for any damage, tighten loose bolts, check for balance issues, and lubricate the necessary parts.

Replace a Panel

Runaway toys, bad drivers, and just life in general wreak havoc on garage doors. Sometimes the damage is small enough that only a Garage Door Panel Replacement is necessary. Because there are so many manufactures, designs, and models, only a professional will be able to guarantee that the right parts are used.

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