Many Long Island homeowners enter their residences primarily through their garage doors.  In fact, the average resident opens and closes their door over 1500 times a year.  Even though the garage door is a frequently used asset to a home, it’s not uncommon to forget to keep up with its maintenance.  Natural wear and tear, or failure to address existing issues can wreak havoc on your door.  Annual tune-ups and simple DIY maintenance will keep your garage door functioning properly and increase its longevity.

Garage door maintenance

Simple DIY Maintenance

  1. The moving parts of your garage door should be checked throughout the year and lubricated.  White lithium is great for the opener’s chain and screw.  Penetrating spray solvents like WD-40 or a citrus-based solvent are perfect for overhead springs, hinges, rollers, tracks, and latches.  Wipe a bit of oil on the torsion springs, and pulleys on the extension-spring openers.  All of this will help prevent rusting, binding, and replacement.
  2. Tighten- The constant use of your garage door can loosen your hardware over time.  Make sure that bolts, screws, nuts, and roller brackets are kept tight.
  3. Keep it Clean- Wiping down your garage door with an all- purpose cleaner not only keeps it looking sleek and fresh, but also enables you to find cracks, rust, chips, and other flaws in your door.  Removing debris and any blockages from your door’s tracks will prevent misalignment and unnecessary malfunctions.
  4. Inspect- Routinely check the rubber weather strip on the bottom of your door for cracks and weaknesses.  It’s easy to replace and can be purchased at your local hardware store.  The weather stripping helps keep the elements, pests, and dirt, outside where it all belongs.
  5. Listen- Over time, you get used to your garage door’s normal function.  Keep an ear out for odd noises like abnormal screeching and creaking.  It may not seem like it would make a difference but being aware can catch future malfunctions or prevent existing ones from getting any worse.
  6. Test- Test your door’s auto-reverse sensors.  Open your garage and block your door with an object, then push the button to close it.  The object should activate your sensors and cause your garage door to reverse.  If it doesn’t reverse, make sure the eyes of the sensors are clean and properly adjusted.
  7. Look- Check your cables near the bottom roller bracket for broken strands and damage.  You should never attempt to handle high tension cables without the proper experience.  Call the professionals at Above & Beyond Garage Doors to take care of it for you.  (631)-736-0369.

The Benefits of Keeping up With Garage Door Maintenance

  1. Safety- Over time, the safety components of your garage door can potentially fail.  Regular maintenance and inspection will help prevent injury and accidents.
  2. Saving Money- Common garage door malfunctions can easily be fixed.  Ignoring any issues will result in expensive repairs and replacement.  Tackling issues and damage before it becomes a bigger problem will save you a significant amount of money.
  3. Security- Many garage doors are attached to homes and store valuable belongings.  A garage door with a faulty security system is a beacon for intruders.  Regular maintenance can not only prevent malfunctions in your door’s opener and security system but continue keeping your family and belongings safe and secure.
  4. Value- Having a garage door that properly functions and is in good condition can increase the value of your Long Island home by between 1%-4%. Routine maintenance and keeping up with the repair of existing garage door issues will have your door looking great and keep it working like new.

Garage Door Opener Maintenance

  1. Batteries- A weak signal in your garage door’s remote- control could be something as simple as dead or dying batteries.  Periodically check your remote-control batteries and replace them as needed.
  2. Check and Adjust- Every few months, check and adjust your garage door’s auto-reverse system.  This can be done by opening your garage and then placing an object in the way of the sensors.  Press the button to close the door.  The blockage should trigger your door to reverse.  If it does not immediately re-open, make sure the two electronic eyes are aligned and keep them clean with an all-purpose cleaner.  If your system is still not properly working, one or both sensors may need to be replaced.
  3. Test- Test your garage door’s manual release handles.  If there is an issue with your opener, this feature allows you to manually open the door.  Your owner’s manual will have proper instructions for use.  Knowing how to use this feature is important in the event of an emergency such as entrapment.
  4. Lubricate- It’s important to keep the moving parts of your garage door and opener lubricated.  White lithium grease is great for your opener’s chain and screw.  Spray lubricants are available for your overhead springs.  This could add years to the life of your garage door opener.
  5. Inspect- Inspect the connection between your garage door opener and the electrical outlet.  Check for damage like fraying and make sure that it’s secure.
  6. Clean it- Wiping your garage door opener down with an all-purpose cleaner will clear debris, keep your sensors on point, and improve the overall function of your system.
  7. Tighten- Keep an eye out for loose bolts, screws, and roller brackets.  Use a socket wrench to keep them tight and from falling apart.
  8. Listen- Listen for abnormal noises and watch out form jerking motions.

Garage door spring maintenance

Above & Beyond Garage Doors

A few minutes of your time and certain precautions throughout the year is guaranteed to save you time, money, and hassle.  A neglected garage door could result in extremely costly repairs, or the potential replacement of your door.  Using these tips given to you by the professionals at Above & Beyond Garage Doors can keep your door running smoother, longer.  Contact Above & Beyond Garage Doors at (631)-736-0369.