Garage Door Maintenance to Prevent Future Garage Door Problems – Spring Cleaning
Garage Door Maintenance isn’t usually on the Spring Cleaning list, but be that as it may, there are a couple of basic things you ought to do each year or so to keep your garage door and all its mechanisms working properly to prevent future problems and extend the life of your door and openers.
- Give all rollers, hinges, roller tracks, hinges, and latches a good squirt with a solvent like WD-40 or another citrus-based solvent. Really lubricate the pulleys on extension-spring openers and the bearings on torsion-spring openers. Wipe a little oil on the torsion spring if it is rusty and binds up.
- Wipe everything clean, then apply a light oil, such as a 3-in-1 lubricant, to the same parts.
- If any rollers or hinges seem stuck, try to soak them with the lubricant, but you should call a technician to help as to not break anything in the process.
- Check any weatherstripping along the sides of the doors. Adjust if it is jamming against the sides, and replace if necessary.
- Garage door maintenance is often needed on the door opener. If your garage door opener is operated by a chain or drive screw, apply the same lubricant to the full length.
- For Wood Garage Doors, if it doesn’t have bottom weatherstripping, make sure it has been properly sealed or painted. Touch up as needed, and consider adding weatherstripping to extend the life of the sealant.
Make garage door maintenance part of your Spring Cleaning checklist every year and you are sure to extend the life of your garage door, springs, rollers, tracks and garage door openers.