Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Garage Door
It's summertime in Oklahoma and while we have had a lot of rain lately, the temperature is starting to heat up. Moisture from all the recent rain and flooding can cause problems for your garage door like rust on metal or wood rot. Seasonal changes can also interfere with its mechanisms and inner workings. Metal parts are susceptible to extreme temperatures and have a tendency to warp when they contract in the cold of winter but then expand in the heat of summer. Over time the temperature and humidity changes as well as the warping and movement of metal can cause garage door parts to weaken, loosen and break down. Your average garage door can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years and performing regular maintenance will help ensure its reliability during that lifespan. Discount Garage Door has compiled a list of tips and advice to assist you with your garage door maintenance this summer.
- Begin with a thorough visual inspection of your garage door and all of it's working parts. Look for any wear and tear like rust or damage. Check for anything that could be loose or misaligned. Inspect the cables and pulleys for any sign of fraying. Test the garage door opener using the remote as well as the wall switch to see if there is any noticeable difference in the door's response. And also test the emergency release for the door to make sure everything is in working order.
- Tighten all of the visible bolts and replace any that you notice are missing. Pay close attention to the bolts at the back of the track and make sure none of them are loose. Not only is this a maintenance concern, but it's important for safety as well.
- Your garage door springs should be free of rust to prolong their life. If they appear to be in good condition, you can check their tension by pulling the emergency release on the door while it's closed. Then try to lift the door to waist height and let go. If the door closes, the springs need more tension. If the door flies open, then the springs need less tension. The goal is to have the door stay open at waist height on its own.
- When testing your garage door opener, if you notice that there is no problem using the wall switch, but there is a delay when using the remote opener from your car, then you may need to change the battery in your remote control. If the door operates fine using the remote, but has difficulties from the wall switch, then there may be an electrical malfunction that would require a qualified professional to check out the electrical circuits.
- During the test, if your garage door is not shutting completely, check the sensors and make sure they are properly aligned. You can also try resetting your garage door opener's setting as that can also solve this problem.
- Once per year during the summer months, use a spray lubricant on the rollers, tracks and hinges to keep things running smoothly and to eliminate any loud noises while opening and closing the door. Avoid using WD-40 or grease as a lubricant. We recommend a 3 in 1 type of oil that is made specifically for use on garage door parts. Also avoid using too much oil because a thick layer will allow dust and debris to accumulate and wear out the parts. You can also use a lubricant with silicone on the exterior weather-stripping to prevent it from wearing out as quickly.
- Summer is also the perfect time to insulate your garage door to help keep out the heat and keep in the air conditioning making your home more energy efficient. It can also help with the efficiency in the living spaces that may be located directly above the garage as well.
Take advantage of these easy maintenance tips this summer and you'll be sure to keep your garage door in tip-top shape throughout the seasons. If worse comes to worst and you find any issues with your garage door that you can't handle on your own, then you can always call the professionals at Discount Garage Door and we will get your door back to good working order for the summer.