4 Basic Garage Door Maintenance Steps You Need To Know

If you want to keep your garage door working smoothly, you need to know how to take care of it.  Here are four basic garage door maintenance steps you need to perform on at least a yearly basis in order to keep your garage door working smoothly. You should be able to perform all the maintenance steps below on your own, but if you need assistance, you can have a garage door professional come out and perform these annual maintenance tasks for you.  

#1 Inspect The Tracks For Dents

The first thing you need to do when performing your annual maintenance inspection on your garage door is to check the tracks. The tracks for your garage door should run on the outside edge of your garage door. There should be two sets of tracks.

While looking at the tracks, make sure that they are smooth and even. They should not have any dents in them or be banged up at all. If you see any minor dents, you should be able to hammer and smooth them out using a rubber hammer. Even minor dents can cause your garage door to not open and close properly.

If there are large dents or damage to the tracks that you can't hammer out, you will need to replace the tracks to your garage door.

#2 Make Sure The Tracks Are Level

Next, you need to make sure that the tracks are level and aligned with one another. You need to look at the mounting brackets that are holding the tracks in place, and make sure that are the screws are tight and in place. 

If the tracks are misaligned, you may need to loosen the mounting brackets, adjust the tracks so they are aligned, and tighten the mounting brackets again.

#3 Clean The Tracks

Now you need to clean the tracks. The best way to clean and get rid of any debris inside of the tracks is to use a large paintbrush. Use the paintbrush to remove all the debris inside. After you have got most of the debris out of the tracks, go back over the tracks with a household cleaner to give them a nice, deep clean.

Cleaning the tracks will allow your garage door to slide open and closed more smoothly.    

#4 Lubricate The Tracks, Rollers & Pulley

Finally, once you have completed all the steps above, you need to lubricate the moving parts. You should purchase lubricant designed specifically for garage doors. This type of lubricant is designed to lubricate all the moving parts of a garage door without creating a mess as it dries. 

Take the lubricant and spray it across the tracks. Then, spray the lubricant on each roller. Open and close your garage door a few times in a row; this will allow the lubricant to spread over the rollers. You may want to spray the rollers again after you have opened and closed the garage door a few times to ensure that the entire roller is well greased. Last, spray the lubricant on the pulleys. 

If you complete the above four maintenance steps on your garage door on at least a yearly basis, you should be able to keep your garage door in good shape. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Doors/Windows Unlimited Inc.