Homeowners typically have their heating and AC systems, cars, and other major components of their homes inspected and maintained regularly. Garage door maintenance is crucial to ensure that the door operates smoothly, efficiently, and safely. Regular maintenance helps prevent expensive repairs, extends the door’s life, and ensures that it functions correctly in emergencies. Neglecting maintenance can lead to safety hazards and impair the door’s ability to protect your home and belongings.
Regular Inspection and Cleaning
Regular inspection and cleaning of your garage door is an important maintenance aspect. During the inspection, you should visually inspect the door for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or rust. The tracks, rollers, and springs should also be thoroughly cleaned to remove any dirt, debris, or grease that may have accumulated over time. This will help the door move smoothly and prevent potential issues from developing.
Use a soft cloth or a cleaning solution specifically designed for garage doors to clean the tracks. Wipe down the tracks to remove any dirt or grime and use a small brush to remove any debris that may have accumulated in the tracks. The rollers and springs should also be cleaned with a soft cloth or cleaning solution. If the rollers are worn out or damaged, they should be replaced as soon as possible.
In addition, you should inspect the hardware, such as the bolts, screws, and nuts, and tighten any loose. This will help prevent rattling and ensure that the door operates smoothly. If the hardware is severely worn out or rusted, it should be replaced with new hardware.
How and When to Lubricate Garage Door Parts
Lubrication of the moving parts of your garage door is important for maintaining its smooth operation. The best time to lubricate your garage door is during regular maintenance, such as during an inspection or cleaning.
When lubricating your garage door, it is recommended to use a silicone-based spray lubricant or white lithium grease. These lubricants are designed for garage doors and effectively reduce friction, prevent rust, and keep the door moving smoothly.
You should lubricate the door’s tracks, rollers, hinges, and springs. To lubricate the tracks, spray the lubricant directly onto the tracks and wipe away any excess with a clean cloth. The rollers and hinges should be lubricated with a light coating of lubricant, and the springs should be lubricated by spraying the lubricant on the coils.
It is important to avoid using excess lubricant, as this can attract dirt and debris and cause the door to become dirty or sticky. It is also important to avoid grease, as this can clog the tracks and cause the door to become difficult to operate.
Why Hire a Professional Garage Door Repair Company
Hiring a professional to maintain and repair your garage door has several benefits.
- Expertise: Professional technicians have the expertise and experience to diagnose and repair any issue with your garage door. They have the necessary tools and equipment to complete the job effectively and efficiently.
- Safety: Garage door repair can be dangerous, especially with springs, cables, and other high-tension parts. A professional technician has the knowledge and experience to perform repairs safely, reducing the risk of injury or property damage.
- Time-saving: Hiring a professional can save you time and hassle. You can continue with your daily activities while the technician takes care of the repair.
- Quality of service: A professional garage door repair service provides high-quality repair and maintenance services that ensure your door is functioning correctly and efficiently.
- Warranty: Most professional garage door repair services offer warranties on their work. If something goes wrong with the repair, you can get it fixed for free within the warranty period.
- Cost-effectiveness: While professional repair and maintenance services may seem more expensive up front, they can save you money in the long run. A professional technician can quickly diagnose and repair any issue, preventing costly repairs down the line.
Ohana Garage Doors Houston will perform a full garage door inspection, preventative maintenance, and tune-up for just $140. We also provide garage door replacement.
Call for an estimate, or schedule one of our professional technicians – whether you’ve had a garage door spring break, your garage door opener quit working, your overhead doors need maintenance service, or you want new modern overhead doors for your new home. We can offer you cost-effective, trouble-free garage door solutions.
If you’d like to receive an estimate to repair or service the overhead garage door system in your home please give us a call 281-623-4335 or fill out our contact form and someone will be getting right back to you.