3 Garage Door Maintenance Tricks12/19/2016 Back To Blog
What are the two main rules of garage door maintenance? Do it regularly and do it properly. You have to be disciplined to meet the first requirement. However, you can get plenty of help with the second one. Check out the following tricks which enable you to do a great job in less time and with less effort.
Lubricate the Rollers during Movement
This tip is applicable to steel rollers, of course. Remember that nylon ones should never be lubricated. This is because they can get seriously damaged. Besides, they are made to work quietly.
What do you need to make this technique work? Get spray lubricant which you can apply from a distance. Ideally, it should have light texture and be resistant to hardening when the outdoor temperature drops. It must not attract dust, debris and insects.
To apply the technique, you will need to stand near the garage door track. Once you take the required position, open the door and initiate closing. Spray each roller’s wheel as it comes down. This is quite easy since overhead doors close slowly for safety reasons. Since the wheel is moving, the lubricant will naturally spread to the stem. This is how you get a better result with less work.
Test the Safety Sensors Easily
Most people think that they need special items to test the photo eyes. This isn’t true. In fact, a roll of kitchen paper towel will do a brilliant job. Just open the door, place the roll right in front of one of the sensors and initiate closing with the opener remote. If the door remains in place or moves down just a little bit, you are safe. If it doesn’t, you should get the sensors checked and replaced, if needed.
A Trick for Checking the Seals’ Thickness
Never underestimate the role of the bottom seal and those on the sides of the garage door. They help insulate the garage and protect the door from damage. The seals are made from rubber or vinyl and this makes them highly resistant to weather damage and quite durable. However, they will get worn over time. How do you know when it’s time to replace them? Use the following simple test:
When the sun is shining brightly outside, get inside the garage and close the door. If you see light coming out under the door and from its sides, then the existing seals are too thin to do a good job. Install new ones right away.