Your garage door is probably the largest movable object in your house. Keeping it in good maintenance ultimately comes down to a safety issue, especially if you’ve got children or pets. There are several routine maintenance jobs you can do on your garage door. This will increase the safety as well as minimize expensive garage door repair costs in the future.
Always keep your garage door well lubricated. WD40 isn’t the best for this job. You want a lithium spray or perhaps a silicone spray. Apply liberally to the top part of the chain rail, stems, hinges, metal rollers that come with ball bearings, the arm bar, nubs, and the lock. Don’t worry about the chain rail, the chain, the garage door track, and the spring.
Rather than lubricate the track, you should clean it regularly. Wipe the inside portion of the track with a wet cloth, followed by a dry cloth. WD40 does make a nice solution if there are any sticky areas on the track.
When a Professional Garage Door Inspection is Needed
Some regular maintenance issues you can do yourself. But if you are having problems, some cases require an inspection from a professional garage door service company. Here are a few instances of when you might want to call in the pros.
The Door is Off-Balanced
You should be able to raise your garage door off the ground a few feet and not have one end or the other droop. If it cannot maintain a straight line, your door is out of balance. This puts extra pressure on your gears, which can result in overwear or even cause them to break. You also risk running the door off its tracks, which will also require a professional.
Garage Door Springs
You can visually inspect your garage door springs for rust or fraying, but if you suspect a problem you’ll want to call in a serious professional to take a look and see what needs to be repaired. These springs are under an incredible amount of tension. If they suddenly release or break, they can cause serious bodily damage or even death. Always call a professional.
Garage Door Off Track? We Do Emergency House Calls!
If your garage door comes off its track, stop operating it immediately. Don’t try to force it. You could cause real and very expensive damage. Call us to put it back on track. The track may need to be straightened. Some paneling may need replacing.
If you happen to catch it before any serious damage occurs, you might be able to pop the rollers back into the track and reattach the door on your own.
You’ll want to first disengage the opener by pulling on the pull cord hanging from the door. Raise the door up until it aligns with the area that went off track. Secure the door to that spot by clamping locking pliers just below the bottom of the door. If the track is open enough to guide the door back into place, do so. You will probably need to widen the track with a pair of pliers. Hammer the track into a straightened position with a rubber mallet. Remove the locking pliers and push the door to the ground. It should operate normally and smoothly again.
If you have any problems, give us a call. We can fix a garage door off track and even offer emergency house calls.
We Also Do Garage Opener Repair
If you need to repair a garage door, call El Dorado Hills Garage Door Repair. We feature general garage door repair as well as garage opener repair for EDH and the Greater Sacramento area. Give us a call anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Simple Garage Door Maintenance You Can Do Yourself
There are several simple things you can do yourself to maintain your garage door, and really should be on your seasonal to-do list.
Lubricate Springs and Moving Parts
First, lubricate all hinges, rollers, and moving parts. Make sure to use a garage door lubricant, not WD40, which can cause premature rust. Keeping your garage door properly oiled can significantly reduce any noise issues and keep your garage door opening smoothly and easily.
You should also replace any rollers that are old or worn. You can get most rollers from a home repair store or your garage door service shop.
Replace Worn Garage Door Bottom Seals
If you have an old garage door bottom seal, you can replace it yourself fairly easily for about $50 in about an hour. Simply remove the seal and reattach. Keeping a good seal on your garage door protects it from water and the elements and will also help it retain heat better.
Inspect Springs and Cables
While you should never fix cables or springs yourself, you should give them a visual inspection at least twice a year. Look for any rust or worn ends in the springs, as well as any rust or fraying in the cables. If you notice any wear, call your professional garage door service for a safety inspection.