You have probably experienced the inconvenience of a garage door that shudders, makes noise, opens slowly, or even fails to open when you are late for an appointment. The number of ordeals that homeowners face with their garage doors is many. But what do you do to be free of these frequent garage door problems? Below is a summary of some of the things you can do to avoid future problems with your garage door.
Always Keep the Moving Parts Lubricated
The parts that experience frequent movement--such as the metal rollers, hinges, locks, stems, nubs, and the arm bars--need to be lubricated to avoid squeaking and jamming of the door. With a little effort and time, you can make your experience when moving your car in and out of your garage trouble free. Care to use silicon sprays because the use of oil builds up grease and attracts dust on the rails. The accumulation of dust causes the door to jam after a given period of time.
Tighten the Roller Brackets and Realign Door Sensors
The frequent movement of a garage door causes a lot of vibration, which in return makes bolts and roller brackets loose. Another problem caused by this vibration and movement is the door sensors being knocked out of line. You need to frequently examine the sensors to ensure they are properly aligned because this may restrain the movement of the door and cause more wear and tear. One indicator of poorly aligned door sensors is the blinking of lights.
Protect Your Door Opener by Keeping the Door Balanced
The main cause of damage to the door opener is an imbalance of the entire door. The opener is forced to do extra work, and this strain makes it impossible to have a long lasting opener. You can tell whether your door is well balanced by simply disconnecting the automatic opener and trying to open it manually. If you have no problem lifting the door manually, then you are good to go. If you have to use too much effort, then your door is not properly balanced.
Keep Your Rollers in Check
The replacement of worn out rollers is a must do for any garage door. If you are still experiencing problems after lubricating and balancing your door, then the problem might be the rollers. Other parts that may need replacing include hinges, door springs, cables, and pulleys. You should seek the help of a roller door service expert in case you are not sure whether the parts need replacement.