Summer Maintenance for Your Garage Door
The lazy days of summer are a great time for spending time with family and friends. Catching some rays, picnics and barbecues is what summer is all about. But summer is also a great time for performing some chores around the house like routine maintenance on your garage door. Before loading the family into the SUV for a summer time outing, here are 5 summer tips for keeping your garage door in shape:
Visual Garage Door Inspection
With the garage door in the closed position, carefully inspect the entire surface of the garage door for signs of damage like warping, cracks, rust and dents. Even small damages can impair the safe operation of a garage door increasing the risk of injury or property damage. Replace any damaged wood, metal or aluminum garage door panels as soon as possible. Also, inspect the bolts that hold the panels in place as vibrations during the operation of a garage door can cause them to become loose. Tighten any loosened bolts but be careful to avoid stripping the bolts.
Auto Reversing Safety Test
All automatic garage doors manufactured on or after January 1, 1993, are required to have an auto-reversing feature to prevent accidental injuries and property damage while the door is closing. Homeowners are encouraged to test this feature annually.
Performing this safety test is easy. Simply open the garage door. Place a small object (like a wooden 2×4) under the door. Press the button to close the door. If the safety feature is working properly the garage door will automatically reverse when encountering the object. If the garage door does not reverse, make sure the photo sensors near the bottom of each track are clean and in alignment and repeat the test. If the door still does not automatically reverse, contact your Safe Way certified garage door technician for assistance.
When your garage door opens and closes, it’s the torsion springs that do the heavy lifting. And its safe operation is dependent on it being balanced properly to handle the load which could be 100 lbs. or more. Follow these steps to make sure you garage door is balanced properly:
1. Close the garage door
2. Pull the release handle to disconnect the door from the opener
3. You should be able to manually lift the door with ease
4. Raise the garage door about 4-6 feet above the ground and let go of the door
5. The door should remain in place (slight movements up or down are acceptable)
If the door does not move easily or springs upward or slams down, it needs to be re-balanced. Contact your local Safe Way dealer or a certified garage door repair technician as soon as possible.
Tracks and Rollers
The tracks and rollers need to be in good condition for your garage door to open and close smoothly. Excessive wear and tear can shorten the lifespan of your garage door and opener motor. While inside your garage, visually inspect the tracks and rollers. Clean any dirt or debris on the tracks or on the rollers. Tracks that are bent, warped or rusting should be replaced. Replace any damaged or worn rollers. Metal rollers can be periodically lubricated with silicone spray to help prevent rusting or sticking.
The bottom of your garage door contains a rubber weather-strip to form an airtight seal and prevent damage to the garage floor. Over time, this rubber seal can become cracked, warped or torn due to local environmental conditions. You may even notice water, pests or debris seeping into your garage when it rains. Replace any damaged weather stripping. You can also apply weather stripping to the sides and top of your garage door for additional protection from exterior elements.