Garage doors are a common feature in most modern homes in Orlando. Apart from increasing the overall value, they add to curb appeal and enhance security among others. Regular maintenance and inspection is very important to keep these large moving projects in the best shape. It helps to prolong their lifespan while preventing injuries.
Here are several DIY maintenance tips for garage doors.
- Look out for wear and tear
Due to regular use, some parts of these doors can wear and even break down. Routine maintenance should therefore include a thorough inspection for wear and tear. Check the hardware as well as moving parts such as garage-door springs, rollers and cables for signs of damage. If any part is broken or damaged, make sure to repair before it you use the door again. Most homeowners can handle minor repairs, but complicated tasks should be left to Orlando Garage door pros. Certain types of hardware like springs can cause serious injury if proper care is not taken when handling them.
- Lubricate regularly
You should lubricate the moving parts of your door on a regular basis to minimize friction and wear. When doing so, make sure to read the manufacturer’s directions or check the Internet for information about adjustment details and lubrication requirements. Parts such as hinges, metal rollers, nubs, lock and stems should ideally be lubricated with a lithium or silicone spray. At the same time, take note of certain garage door parts that should not be sprayed with lubricant like the bottom of the chain, track and spring.
- Clean the track
If your door becomes too noisy or sticky, clean the track instead of lubricating it. Lubricants can cause accumulation of particulate matter which may eventually harden and even complicate the function of the door. Cleaning may simply involve wiping the inside parts of the track with a damp cloth. When done, wipe it off with a clean with a dry cloth. Any sticky residue can be removed using WD 40 lubricant or special solvents.
- Realign the sensors
Garage door sensors may fail to function properly if knocked out of line, and this problem can be indicated by a blinking light. In such a case, you will need to realign them so that they return to the right position where they are facing each other. Realigning will only require a gentle push into position. You should notice a solid light (in place of the blinking light) once the sensors are realigned and re-positioned properly.
- Wash your door
In general, the frequency of washing garage doors may vary with the climate of the area you live but it should be done at least once a monthly. Use a garden hose to dislodge and remove all residue. You can consider applying liquid car wax to revitalize the door. Avoid any abrasive cleaner and strong liquid soap.
As a rule of thumb, you should inspect your garage door at least once every year. This will help you detect problems and fix them as soon as possible so that you avoid excessive costs, plus inconveniences that result from a faulty door.