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Overhead Door Maintenance Tips

It is important that you perform maintenance on your garage doors periodically. Otherwise, you might find yourself spending more than necessary on expensive repairs or replacement of your garage door or opener. You use your garage door every time you go in and out of your house, which is often. With such a large mechanical device, chances are it will undergo wear and tear. Although their parts were designed to last a long time, they still need to be checked once in a while for defects. I have listed some helpful tips in maintaining a garage door.

For starters, you can do visual inspection: look for rust, loose bolts or screws, cable wear, bent or broken parts, and jot them down on paper. Observe any hitches or jerks when you raise and lower your garage door. Locate all tracks, rollers, hinges, springs and latches and apply a highly penetrating oil or a water displacement spray to protect mechanical parts. Get a clean cloth and rub off the excess penetrating oil and apply drops of general purpose oil on the parts to keep them lubricated.

Wash the inside and outside of the door using common household detergent. In order to keep wooden garage doors clean and shiny, you need to do resealing or repainting every so often. You can replace the cracked or broken weather stripping around the door yourself.

If you are not a handy person when it comes to doing maintenance on your garage door, then hire a professional service company to do the job for you. There are certain types of doors that are torsion spring operated, and this needs a professional to ensure that the spring is free from rust and is operating perfectly. Injury or damage can result from poorly maintained tension springs that get broken or damaged. The professional service company can do a better maintenance job in lubricating chain-drives.

But there are maintenance checks you can do every month. One of the things you should regularly check is the door’s optic sensors and reverse mechanism. Test the optic sensor of your garage door by waving the end of a long handled tool between the sensors as the garage door is lowering. The reversing mechanism should be triggered by the optic sensor.

Another thing you can do yourself is to test the reversing mechanism of your garage door. Test the reverse mechanism of the garage door by placing a piece of wood where the door will close; the door should reverse and reopen once it hits the piece of wood. Any unusual sounds you hear when the garage door is in operation, like jarring or grating sounds, might be a symptom of a defect.

Finally, test the remote controls.

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