The Garage Door Check List Every Homeowner Should Have

 

As a homeowner, you are learning quickly that consistent maintenance is required to keep your home up and running. One of the greatest ways to cut down these costs in the future is prevention.
Garage Doors would be great if we could just install them and forget about them. In reality they are not, and if you don’t take care of routine maintenance on your door you will be spending more in the long run. Luckily, you don’t need to be a garage door technician to make sure you are taking the necessary steps toward making things run smoothly. While garage doors and openers are technically one entire system, you need to keep in mind that they are separate and contain many moving parts.

With this home garage door checklist, you can keep on top of problems before they happen, saving you both time and money. These checks are recommended at least twice per year, but many find that being on the constant lookout for problems and running through the checklist periodically can be beneficial.

Visual Inspection:Garage Door Maintenance Checklist

To Do This:

  • Stand inside your garage with the garage door closed. Starting in one corner visually look at your door staring at one corner and going down, repeat this process as you move across your door.
  • Look for cracks in the surface of the door, especially around the hinges.
  • Inspect the rollers. Place a finger on the wheel of each roller and try to rock the roller wheel back and forth for looseness. If they are loose, they need replacing.
  • Look at the cables and make sure they are not frayed or twisted.
  • Look at where the opener “J” arm attaches to the door. Make sure it is not starting to pull off. If you have a metal door, there should a special bracket called an “Operator Bracket”, attached to the door and the opener “J” arm attached to this special bracket.
  • Stand in the middle of the garage door and grab the door and move it front to back and side to side. There should be slight movement each way.
  • Open the garage door half way and look at the rubber seal located along the bottom of the garage door. It should move and be pliable and no cracks or missing sections.
  • Close the door and pull the red cord to disconnect the opener. Lift the door to waist height. The door should be easy to lift. With the door at waist height, let go of the door. It should remain there or slowly drop to the floor.
  • Open the door all the way up and let go. It should remain open.

Operate the Opener:

This will require simple testing to see if the systems are working correctly.

To Do This:

  • Run the garage door open and close 2 or 3 times. There should be no loud squeaks or pops.
  • Test the safety eyes. This can be done by closing the door and place your foot in way of the safety eyes. The door should stop and reverse to open.
  • Close the door and as the door is closing, grab the bottom of the garage door and try to stop it until it reverses. it should give about 15 – 20 pounds of push before reversing.
  • This can be a good time to replace the batteries in your remote controls.

The great thing about these tests is that you can do them yourself! If the task seems a bit daunting we will send a professional to check for any problems. Call 770-720-7828 for more information to book an appointment or visit our web site at www.covenantgaragedoors.com

 

Garage Door Maintenance Keeps Your Garage Door Running

In a nut shell: most garage door maintenance problems can be avoided with the home owner performing simple lubrication.

When I repair a garage door, I always include an annual service and tune up on the garage door and opener. Almost in every one of these, a lot of the issues with a garage door and opener is due to the lack of the door being lubricated. Garage doors are made up of many moving metal parts, metal parts that roll against each other as the door moves up and down, and as with any moving part there is friction. And when friction is caused, lubrication has to be applied.

Garage Door Maintenance Silicone Spray

Home owners can minimize garage door wear by applying a silicone or teflon lubricant to the moving parts of the door at least twice per year. How to do this? Simply, with the garage door closed, spray the lubricant to the rollers and roller hinges and inside the track from top to bottom, them move across the door lubricating the hinges from top to bottom, the move to the other side of the door and again lubricate the rollers and roller hinges and inside the track from top to bottom. As you perform this step of lubricating the complete door, do mot be afraid to use a lot of lubricant. Next, operate the door up and down a few times to allow the lubricant to work it’s way into all of the moving parts.

If you have a wooden garage door, you will need to tighten all the nuts on the hinges. Hardware on a wooden garage door are attached with a different nut and bolt combination than a metal door and it is common for these to vibrate loose. Use a 7/16 wrench and start in a pattern from one side of the door to the other working from top to bottom and across the door tightening the nuts holding the hinges in place.

What type of lubricant to use? The easiest why that I answer this is to tell home owners what NOT to use. Do not use grease, oil WD40 or lithium grease. Grease will not work into the moving parts of the rollers and hinges. Oil will work into the rollers and hinges but will drip out all over your car or whatever is under your door. WD40 is more of a cleaner and is designed to remove water than is is to lubricate. Lithium grease is like regular grease and will not work into the moving parts. This leaves Silicone or Teflon sprays. Silicone spray can easily purchased at any home improvement store.

Not comfortable doing garage door maintenance or after you do this it still does not work correctly? No worries, Call Us, Covenant Garage Doors performs garage door maintenance and tune ups to garage door and garage door openers.