If you’ve been using your new garage door for a few years without performing a tune-up, chances are there’s a few screws that need tightening or replacement. Screws, nuts, and bolts are all prone to loosen up over time, so it’s important to inspect your garage door parts on a frequent basis. Failure to do so could lead to a broken garage door.
How to Tighten Screws on Your Garage Door Parts
Before you begin, assess the condition of your garage door. This is a good time to inspect your panel for signs of damage. If you notice problems like rust or a broken part, consider contacting a garage door repair company for assistance.
Once you’ve determined there’s no damage to your door, you can begin tightening up screws found on the hinges, brackets, rails, and garage door opener. Do not overly tighten them – they should be turned until just snug but not loose. If you notice any screws that are missing, it’s important to replace them as soon as possible as it could affect how your door opens or even make it unsafe to operate.
If you notice any screws that are stripped, it’s often better to buy new garage door hinges or parts instead of trying to repair it. If this isn’t an option, there are a few DIY steps you can take to fix a stripped screw. Screws that no longer fit in the hole can be remedied with a plug and glue.
Loose screws are often a simple problem that can be resolved with a little garage door maintenance. But if neglected, they can turn into a larger problem, so be sure to inspect them occasionally!