Garage doors have a number of moving parts. They require regular attention and care for smooth functioning. You need to perform a set of maintenance tasks on your garage door at least once in three months to see that they work trouble-free without problems.
Lubricating your garage door is very essential. If your door starts squeaking, then it immediately needs some lubrication. Do this with WD 40 lubricant. You can lubricate the top of the chain rail, stems, ball bearing of metal rollers, hinges, nubs, arm bar and the lock using a lithium spray or a silicon spray. Ensure you do not lubricate the bottom part of the garage door’s chain rail, the chain, the garage door track and the spring.
You need to ensure that the garage door tracks are clean. While lubricating the garage door, ensure you do not spray the lubricant on the garage door track. Understand that lubricating can hamper the performance of garage door tracks. Lubrication material that stays in the track can invite the collection of particulate matter that will get hardened over a period and complicate the door performance.
Clean your garage door tracks thoroughly. This can be done through a simple wiping of the inside portion of the track using a damp cloth. Once cleaned, it is important to wipe the track with a dry cloth. If you feel there is a need to remove a sticky residue on the track, you can use WD 40 lubricant.
By installing weather seals to your garage doors, you can save on the energy required for heating or cooling your rooms. This can also help prevent moisture from getting inside the garage. Apply weather seals to the bottom of the doors, in between the panels and on the frame of the door.
When the garage door sensors are knocked out of line, they will not function properly. If you happen to detect this, you need to realign the sensors. You can do this by gently pushing the sensors to the right position. The right position of the sensors is where they would face each other. When not aligned correctly, you will see the lights blink as an indicator. If the sensors are properly realigned, a solid line will replace the blinking line.
At times, you might find that the garage door closes briefly and open automatically or it might stop working before actually meeting the bottom part. Under such circumstances you will need to reset the garage door opener. Each garage door system comes with a set of specific instruction on how to reset it. The commonest step would be this. Unplug the garage door opener and properly shut off the power. Wait for about 10 seconds. Turn on the power back. Press the arrow down button till the garage door comes to a fully closed position. Press the set button now and set on the garage door opener on this function.
When you discover some complicated problems, it is always advisable you get the assistance of professionals. Garage doors are tricky, sophisticated and heavy components and it is highly expected you handle and maintain them properly and seek professional help whenever it is needed.