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5 Important Garage Door Maintenance Tips

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The garage door may be considered as the largest movable part of any house. Thus, this door will require consistent maintenance to make it function properly. There are several maintenance tips for a garage door that homeowners can follow to ensure that it is functioning correctly and that there is no need to install a new one or do some unnecessary repairs. The maintenance tasks on a garage door may be done as needed or perhaps once every 3 months.

Properly Lubricating a Noisy Door

There are several things that must be considered when lubricating the garage door. First off, it is not advisable to lubricate the parts of a squeaking garage door with the use of WD 40 lubricant. A lithium spray or perhaps a silicone spray is recommended when lubricating the garage door parts like the top part of the chain rail, stems, hinges, metal rollers that come with ball bearings, the arm bar, nubs, and the lock. While there are components of the garage door that require lubrication, there are also parts that should not be sprayed with any lubricant like the bottom part of the door’s chain rail, the chain, the garage door track, and the spring.

Cleaning the Garage Door Track Properly

One should not spray any lubricant to the garage door track when the garage door becomes noisy or perhaps sticky. The lubricant will not contribute to the proper functioning of the track of a garage door. Lubricants can even initiate the collection of particulate matter that will eventually harden and can complicate the function of the garage door.

Instead of lubricating the garage door track, this must be cleaned thoroughly. Proper cleaning of the track of a garage door will involve simply wiping the inside portion of the track with the use of a damp cloth. After doing this, wipe it off with a dry cloth. If there is a need to use a solution to remove any sticky residue on the track, WD 40 lubricant may be utilized.

Installing Weather Seals

Installing garage door weather seals will help homeowners save energy. Moreover, this can even prevent moisture from going inside the garage. Weather seals must be applied on the bottom part of the garage door, in between the garage door panels, and on the frame of the garage door.

Realigning the Garage Door Sensors

When garage door sensors are not functioning properly, this may be due to the fact that the sensors are knocked out of line. Thus, the sensors need to be realigned. Realigning garage door sensors will only require gently pushing the sensors in the right position. The correct position of the sensors would be the position wherein they would be facing each other. When the sensors are not aligned correctly, there will be lights that would blink as an indicator. Once the sensors are re-positioned and realigned properly, a solid light will replace the blinking light.

Resetting the Garage Door Opener

In cases when the garage door will close briefly then opens automatically or perhaps, when the garage doors stops working before it actually meets the bottom part, a reset needs to be initiated on the garage door opener. While each garage door system will have its specific instructions for reset, the common steps would include properly shutting off the power by unplugging the garage door opener, waiting for 10 seconds, and turning the power back on. After the garage door opener is powered back on, the arrow down button must be pressed until the garage door completely closes. The garage door opener must then be set on this function by hitting the “set” button.