Garage Door Repairs Don’t have to be so costly
Your garage door is one of the heaviest moving appliances in your home, if you are like most Americans who park their vehicle inside the garage your door is used just as much as your front door. Requiring it to open and close multiple times a day can result in the garage door parts wearing down and needing to be replaced, in most cases the garage door will provide you with a warning noise like a screech or cracking noise when it is being opened and closed. Similar to the type of noise your refrigerator or washing machine may make when it is about to break. When you hear these noises it is time to call out the professionals. In more case than we would like to share our customers have ignored these warning signs which results in costly repairs being needed or entire garage door replacements.
Just like your car or anything else with an engine or moving parts regular maintenance is required to keep your garage door running as smoothly as it can. In the same way you take your vehicle in for a tune up and oil change you should also be giving your garage door the same treatment. Going through the garage door parts on a monthly or even bi monthly basis to ensure that all the parts are in good working order can allow you to save tons of money in the future from avoiding costly repairs. We have listed a check list below to help you perform a garage door inspection to assist with keeping your door working properly and avoid paying costly fees down the line.
First you will need to make sure the garage is empty by parking your vehicle in the driveway or on the street to allow you enough space to freely move throughout the garage to inspect all the parts. Once the garage is empty you can close the door and start your inspection.
- Make sure that the door does in fact close all the way with no open gaps at the base or in the panels.
- Take a look at the garage door track where the wheels roll up and down allowing the door to open and close. Be sure that there is no debris in the track and that the wheels are greased enough that they are not rubbing on the track causing the wheels or the track to break down.
- Check the panels of the door make sure all the screws are tightly fastened in the hinges and there are no loose or missing screws
- Inspect the opener if you have one make sure the wires are not showing or being interfered with by the belt that opens the door. Also if the light bulb is burnt out in your opener now is a perfect time to replace it.
- After you have checked the opener to ensure all wires are tucked away and the belt is not being interfered with by any other objects you can open the door.
- While the door is opening check the mobility of the rollers in the track this is a great time to see if the track is bent anywhere or a roller is not rolling.
- After the door is open and you inspect the rollers and track you can look at the sensors for the opener they are located at the base of the door opening it is always best practice to keep all objects clear from the edge of the door allowing the sensors to work properly. You can wipe the lenses of the sensor with a wet paper towel to make sure the signal stays strong between them allowing the door to open and close easily.
- After you check the sensors and the track of the door you can bring your car back inside and wrap up your inspection.
By following these simple tips we hope that you will be able to not only keep your door running smoothly but be more aware when the door is not functioning properly and give us a call sooner so we can fix the problem before it becomes too much of a issue that it requires a complete replacement.