Inspecting your garage door should be an important part of your spring cleaning checklist. Chances are, your garage door is the biggest moving part of your home, and because of this, it should be inspected and maintained each year. Check out these tips to ensure your overhead garage door is in good condition this spring.
Tracks and Rollers
The tracks and rollers on your garage door need to be in good shape in order for your garage door to open and close correctly. So, it's important to inspect the tracks closely.
- Position your ladder so that when you climb it, you'll be able to see the entire length of the tracks.
- Climb up the ladder until you're eye level with the top of the garage door track.
- Look down the track to see if you can spot any debris that could make the rollers stick. If you find a dirty area, move the ladder to that spot. Then, clean the dirty part of the track using a shop vac or a wet cloth.
- Repeat the entire process with the second garage door track.
After you've cleaned the garage door tracks, you need to make sure the rollers are properly lubricated. This way, they don't stick when you try to open the door. To lubricate the rollers, put a drop of engine oil on top of each roller. Then, open and close the garage door so that the engine oil works its way into the bearings.
Cables and Spring
If you don't have an automatic garage door, you'll need to inspect your garage door's cables and spring. You want to make sure the spring hasn't dried out and the cables aren't frayed.
- Stand inside the garage.
- Slowly open and close the garage door, inspecting the cables as you go.
- If there aren't any frayed areas, your cables are fine. If you find any frayed areas, contact a garage door repair service to replace the cables.
After you've inspected the cables, check to make sure the spring is well lubricated. If it isn't, lightly coat it with motor oil to relubricate it.
Additional Garage Door Maintenance Tips
There are several more things that you need to do before you're finished inspecting your overhead garage door, including:
- Lubricating all other bearing and door hinges with motor oil.
- Make sure the chain is greased if your garage door operates using a chain-drive system.
- Tighten all of the screws used throughout your garage door system.
- Open and close the garage door, listening for any scraping, whirring, or grinding sounds. If you hear any odd sounds, contact a garage door repair service to inspect your garage door and make any repairs needed.
Maintaining your garage door isn't difficult to do. However, it is a task that people tend to forget about. So, make it a habit to inspect your overhead garage door each spring so that you can find any issues before they turn into major problems.