Maintaining Overhead Garage Doors12/26/2013 Back To Blog
When you notice that your garage door is not working easily, take immediate action. In most cases, it might just be a minor problem and would only necessitate simple repairs. Overhead doors with single panels or in sections move in the garage door tracks mounted on the walls of the garage. The good operation of the system and the proper movement of the door will also depend on overhead springs, which provide the power needed to lift the door. Overhead door problems may be caused by openers or any mechanical part and, therefore, it is important to check the mechanism often in order to detect the origins of the problem and know what repairs are needed.
Inspect properly the overhead door
* Start on the actual door by first checking the metal tracks that provide the door movement, which are held into place by mounting brackets. Screw back any bolts or screws that might have loosened up. Next, inspect the tracks for any signs of crimps or dents and if you see damaged spots you can hammer them back using a rubber mallet. However, if the tracks are beyond repair, you should replace them immediately to avoid safety problems.
* The tracks should be properly aligned and lubrication maintenance is important for smooth movement, so examine them carefully and keep them clean. Using a household cleaner, clean the tracks by thoroughly wiping both rollers and tracks dry in order to eliminate hardened grease and grime.
* Ensure that you inspect the garage door hinges and tighten any sections that hold the door together. Any loose hardware should be properly screwed into place, missing screws should be replaced, rusty parts must be changed with a preference to galvanized steel materials and you should immediately replace worn garage door parts. It is important for safety reasons to ensure that the door panel closes well on the floor and that's why you should also change the weather strip and clean the floor under the door systematically.