Carrying out a garage door tune-up extends the service and life of the door. Sadly though, many people don’t do this. In fact, to this day, there is a group of people who think doors to the garage don’t need any attention especially if it comes from a top and reputable brand. How wrong can they be? Sadly though, many come to learn of the importance of undertaking a door tune-up after the door comes off its hinges/hooks, gets stuck midway while opening or closing, or starts making awful creaking or grinding sounds.
What a Garage Door Tune-Up Is
Garage doors like any other man-made or mechanical device will lose their functionality or wear-out over time. The same way you inspect your car and replace any wornout parts is the same way you undertake garage doors maintenance. The goal of the exercise is to inspect and correct any underlying issues. This involves inspecting moving parts (rollers, rails, and garage door opener), confirming the door is properly aligned, and removing foreign matter (dirt, dust, debris is…), replacing wornout parts and more. All you need is basic tools such as WD-40, hammer, tape measure, screwdriver, level, mineral spirits, white lithium grease, clean clothes, brush and time.
Signs That Indicate Your Door Needs a tune-up
There are several signs that indicate the need for a tune-up. A door that opens smoothly without any noise may suddenly become hard to open and noisy. A door that went all the way up or down may get stuck in-between requiring some manual assistance. You may also notice that the door doesn’t tightly close and instead leaves some gaps or spaces on the sides and edges. Another indication that your door requires checking is when the weather-stripping or insulation has cracked or started coming off. Failure to carry out the tune-up on time usually leads to costly garage door repair.
Key Steps In Garage Door Tune-up
Although there are all kinds of garage doors in the market, the tune-up process is the same and entails the following:
-Cleaning moving parts: Rollers, tracks, chains and others are thoroughly cleaned to remove dirt and corrosion. WD-40 works best on metallic parts and also protects against rust.
-Lubricating: Chains, garage door springs and rollers wear out and lose grease over time. This is symbolized with squeaking and grinding noises. This problem is rectified by applying high-quality grease or lube on the parts.
- Replace Weatherstripping: Frequent use, heat and cold causes the Weatherstripping to crack. Replace the aged stripping with new one. Use a tape measure to get accurate dimensions.
-Confirm Alignment: Use the spirit level to check for any misalignment. If any, correct by loosening the screws holding the guide brackets, align the door and then re-tighten using a screwdriver.
Tuning-up the garage door is pretty straightforward and can be undertaken by anyone with minimal skills. Simply allocate 5 to 10 minutes to each process carefully noting down and correcting the issues. The most important thing is to first make sure the electrical have been disconnected. You don’t want to receive an electric shock, or damage the components of garage door , do you? Always follow a checklist to avoid forgetting some critical steps. In addition to minimizing cost of ownership, regularly carrying out garage door tune-up saves you headaches.