As much as nobody likes to spend time on maintaining their garage doors, it is one thing that you should not put off doing. Due to the fact that it runs through electricity, you would not want something to go wrong with it. Below is a list of things that should be checked on a seasonal basis to assure that everything is in functioning order.
- There should always be tight brackets, nuts and bolts, screws, and nails on anything that is being suspending from a ceiling. When a garage door installation first takes place, the garage door installer will always make sure that everything is as tight as it can go. They will also check to make sure that everything is in the correct spot. The importance of this cannot be stressed enough because very serious complications could be caused if these are not properly installed.
- All of the garage door wheels need to be functioning correctly. The wheels should remain in the garage door tracks at all times. One thing that is important to make sure the wheels will stay in place is to make sure that the tracks are always cleaned out. Can you think back to all of the stories you hear about trains derailing because something was in the railroad tracks? This has happened several times in the past. Something as small as a penny in the railroad tracks can cause an entire train to become derailed. This same scenario happens with the wheels of a garage door. If there is dirt and or dust built up in the tracks the wheels will pop out of place. These can be cleaned with a rag or something that has bristles.
- The appropriate alignment is also a very important factor to keep in mind when it comes to garage door maintenance. This is something that is so tedious that the slightest movement in the alignment to one side can cause the whole garage door to collapse. Everywhere that the tracks end and pick up, is a primary place that a misalignment can take place. A yearly inspection by a professional from a garage door repair company can determine if your tracks are aligned correctly. If they have determined that they are not then they will be able to provide that alignment service to you at the time of the inspection.
- One of the last things that you should verify are in working condition are the pulley systems. Yes, everything is operated by a motor in the operating system, however there is still a need for the rest of the garage door parts to be working properly. Everything needs to have a good lubrication so that the metal on metal pieces glide past each other without causing any friction. There are a few different ways that you can make sure that everything is properly lubricated. An actual lubricant can be sprayed on the tracks or there is another option to use a powder formed lubricant.