Regardless of how often you use your garage, you should be doing a little maintenance on it consistently to ensure safety, lifespan, and value of the garage. Here are a few things that you should check on at least once or twice a year.
- Garage Door Lubrication
Using a spray lubricant to grease up your garage door chain, hinges, roller, and tracks is an easy and effective way to keep your garage operating smoothly and preventing noise. This will help the overall lifespan of your garage as well.
- Hardware Tightening
If you use your garage multiple times a day, there’s a good chance your hardware has loosened a bit. To ensure safety and proper function, inspect the hardware and tighten any brackets or bolts that are a little loose.
- Monitor the Weather Seals and Inspect for Damage
It’s normal for the rubber of the weather seals to have some wear and tear, but if they’re cracked or very thin, it might be time to replace it. Rollers and cables can have the same issue and may need to be replaced if it’s too worn down.
- Check the Safety Features
All automatic garage doors should have an auto-reverse feature that will open the garage door if there is something underneath it as it’s closing. Test the feature with something like a piece of wood going underneath the garage to double check to see if it’s working.
- Garage Door Balance
An unbalanced garage door will make the opener work harder to open and close, thus shortening the lifespan of the garage. Balancing your garage door will make sure both sides of the garage are working at the same level. To test the balance, use the manual release to open the door halfway by hand. If it fails to stay open or remain in the same position, your garage is unbalanced and the spring tension needs to be adjusted.
If you need any repairs done after your inspection, don’t hesitate to give us a call or reach out to us for help.