March 29, 2016 Garage Door Maintenance, Garage Doors Helpfull Tips

Garage Door Spring Cleaning

  1. Make sure all parts of the garage door are clean and lubricated, including the steel rollers, hinges, rollers, trucks. Only use lubricant oil that is specifically marked for garage door use. Open and close your garage door to distribute the lubricant. Avoid any contact with the torsion springs, as they are under extreme tension.
  2. Test your garage door remotes and accessories, especially ones you don’t use on a daily basis and replace batteries if needed. Don’t forget to check your wireless keypad and wall button.
  3. Clean, lubricate with a silicone or Teflon®-based spray, or replace moderately damaged weather-stripping, especially if you notice tears or areas where there isn’t a proper seal.
  4. Check the cables for any signs of wear, and if they are worn out, call us to replace them as soon as possible. Make sure that all bolts at the back of the track are not loose. Tighten any loose screws or nuts, avoiding nuts or bolts with red heads.
  5. Check your garage door spring for rust. Check the tension of the spring by pulling the emergency release when your garage door closed and then lifting it to waist height. It should stay open at this level. If it closes (spring needs more tension) or flies open (spring needs less tension) call us to fix it.
  6. Clean out mud and other foreign objects in the door tracks.
  7. Wash your garage door from the inside and outside, and add a layer of car wax to both sides. Do not apply wax to AccuFinish, ArmorFinish or Anodized aluminum doors. If you find minor surface rust, flaking or corrosion – sand it and paint over it with a zinc primer. For bigger rust problems – call us for an inspection. For wood garage doors, you can apply a new coat of paint and a water sealant.
  8. Get rid of the garbage in your garage that accumulated during the winter months.

If you hear squeaking or grinding when your garage door opens or closes, we recommend immediate service on your garage door in order to keep it running safely, smoothly and efficiently. We will make sure your door is in alignment and balance and nothing is showing abnormal wear and tear, and properly lubricate all necessary parts.

Give us a call today, we will be happy to answer any questions you have.