Five Easy Checks for Your Garage Door System08/05/2013 Back To Blog
Many homeowners tend to become a little complacent about their garage door opener system. However, there are five easy checks for your system to see if there is any need for garage door repair. These easy steps can not only allow you to spot minor repair issues before they develop into a serious problem but can help to prolong the lifespan of your system.
Check Garage Door Track for Damage:
This can be a major cause of the system being put under undue strain. A bent or dented track can cause jerking movements when the door is in motion. Small bumps or dents may be manipulated back into shape with a hammer and wooden block but if the track has suffered serious damage you may need professional assistance.
Check Track Alignment:
Misalignment of the tracks can cause the door not to operate correctly. This can place additional strain on other garage door parts such as the springs and cables. If you notice your tracks are not aligned correctly, it may be possible to loosen the fixtures and tap the tracks back into position slightly without unscrewing the tracks totally. You should always use a level to ensure that they are fully straight and aligned.
As part of a maintenance routine, you should regularly clean and dry the tracks. Old dried lubricant and hardened debris and dirt can cause the door to stick. If you are experiencing problems it may simply be a matter of needing to clean the tracks free of this residue. Ensure you fully dry them after any cleaning.
As with any moving parts, regular lubrication is essential for proper function. Any moving part of the system will benefit from lubrication including garage door rollers and springs. This is simple and easy to complete using a silicon or lubricant spray
It is also a good idea to check all screws and bolts to ensure they are fully tightened. This can have an immediate effect on the function of your system.