That squeaking noise when your garage door opens first thing in the morning or later at night lets your neighbors know when you're coming and going—this isn't necessarily a good thing. If your garage door is making all types of noise when opening or closing, it's trying to tell you something—it needs a little TLC. Read on for maintenance tips to keep your garage door running smoothly.
Keep It Clean
If your garage door is full of dirt and debris, imagine what is in the rollers and tracks of your door opener. You should keep these areas clean and wipe them down at least a few times per year. Clean the rollers and tracks using a spray lubricant to get rid of the built up grime. Wipe it clean with a rag. If there's a lot of buildup, this may take you a little bit of time and some extra elbow grease. Doing this more often will prevent the buildup from getting too bad.
Lubricate Moving Parts
All of the moving parts of your door should be lubricated with garage door lubricant. Don't attempt to use anything other than lubricant made for garage doors. Lubricate the hinges of the door, the chain, rollers, and track as well.
Tighten Hinges And Other Areas
Check that all screws, bolts and nuts are tightened. If anything is loose, it can cause dragging and can result in the squeaking noises or other problems. You may also need to check that your door and tracks are level. Use a level and check the vertical and horizontal tracks are level. If they aren't level it will result in your door not opening or closing properly. Go through your entire garage door system and tighten everything.
Clean Door Sensors
Clean your garage door sensors. If there is dirt on these sensors it may result in your door not opening or closing at all, or only opening/closing partially. You should clean these sensors often and make sure there isn't anything in the way that can block the sensors. Don't store anything too closely to these sensors in your garage and keep everything back away from them. Storing anything too closely to the sensors or even the track itself can result in damage to your garage door.
If you don't maintain your garage door, you should. Hire a professional garage door repairman to maintain and make necessary repairs to your garage door. For more information, talk to companies like Plano Overhead Garage Door.
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