Garage Door Repair Woodstock GA
Your garage door likely raises and lowers over one thousand times per year with no complaints. If you would like to ensure that your door continues to operate smoothly, it is imperative that you maintain it.
Garage doors say much about the homes to which they are attached. You wouldn’t allow your siding or exterior paint to accumulate dirt and grime, so you shouldn’t allow your garage door to be dirty either. To wash your door, dilute a good detergent according to the manufacturer’s directions. Wash the inside and outside of your door using a soft sponge or cloth, not a brush. Rinse well with a hose. If the inside of the door is relatively clean, you can simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth, rinsing the cloth in clean water often. Brush cobwebs away with a broom.
Proper lubrication will ensure quiet operation. First, be sure the garage floor is free of clutter so you can move freely about the garage without the danger of tripping. Don latex gloves and clean the tracks using a cloth and brake cleaner. Apply a thin film of non-silicone lubricant to the tracks and rollers. If the rollers are made of nylon, do not let the lubricant contact the nylon. Only the bearings of nylon rollers should be lubed. Apply some lubricant to the tops of the springs. Open and close the door several times to work the lube into the coils. Do not neglect the hinges. They will benefit from the same non-silicone lube used for the tracks and rollers. Avoid getting lubricant on the paint, and wipe all excess lube from the hardware.
Lubricating the screw drive is a somewhat more involving task. For this, use white lithium grease. WD-40 and similar products are too thin for this purpose, and will thin the grease which is already on the screw. Using a stiff paint brush or utility brush, spread the grease over the top of the screw. Be sure to apply the grease along the entire length of the screw, and do not leave any big globs of grease. Once again, raise and lower the door a few times to spread the grease evenly. The designs of garage door motors vary between manufacturers and models, so check your owner’s manual for the proper lubricant and the proper method to use for greasing the motor’s bearings.
Once or twice per year, you should check the balance of your door. Disengage the door from the drive screw by pulling the disengagement cord. Slowly open the door until the bottom of the door is about eighteen inches from the floor. When you let go, the door may slowly come down a little. If the door falls quickly, or goes all the way down to the floor, the spring tension is too low or you may need to replace the springs. If the door raises on its own when you let go of it, the spring tension is too high. In either case, you need to call a repairman who has experience with garage doors. Attempting to make these adjustments or repairs yourself could be dangerous. The door is very heavy, and the springs are under high tension.
Most tasks associated with the maintenance of garage doors are suited to the do-it-yourselfer, and a properly maintained garage door and opening system will provide years of dependable service.