Small Secrets for a Great Garage Door Maintenance02/24/2014 Back To Blog
You might be agitated or irritated because today it’s the day of the broken garage door cable replacement, but how much attention did you give to the weird noise last month and when was the last time you devoted a few minutes to inspect the condition of the garage door parts? Severe accidents and great damages don’t occur overnight, but send out small signals and warnings, which we usually don’t take them seriously. You don’t have to be a great handyman to repair small damages on the door and you must always remember that big problems begin as tiny issues, which if dealt with immediately with simple tools they will never have the chance to grow.
Different levels of noise
Every machine or device, from the printer in your office to the electric operator of your garage door make a specific noise when they work that is considered normal. The slightest differentiation of the levels of noise should alert you since most times it is an indication of malfunctions. If you have a chain drive motor opener, you must take care of its chain and check regularly whether it needs lubrication maintenance or if it’s ready to come out of place. The excessive noise during the operation of the door could also be a signal that the garage door springs need to be lubricated or their life cycle is almost over.
Use your screwdriver
The mechanism of the doors is so complicated that everything out of place could make a difference. If a garage door hinge has moved slightly, it could cause small problems and it should be tighten up with the help of your screwdriver. Of course, if you see worn or rusted screws you must replace them immediately.
Is your multicode remote trying to tell you something?
Sometimes, we don’t pay attention to the fact that we have to press the button of the remote two or three times before the openers get their orders. The most possible scenario is that the batteries are warning us for their imminent death or the dirt accumulated inside the garage opener remote blocks the communication with the receiver and needs to be cleaned. Both problems are easy to handle with and they won’t take you more than a few minutes.
Clean well the sensors
How many times haven’t you seen sensors covered with mud in Lynwood? The results are exactly the same as if you were to close your eyes, meaning absolute darkness; when the sensors cannot see the possibility of an accident is increasing dramatically.
Detect the greatest enemy
The aluminum overhead doors as well as the other materials are very resistant to erosion, but there is always the possibility to see signs of rust, which would be hardly noticed due to their tiny size. You will need to clean your door thoroughly and then inspect its surface again to ensure the color is intact and the small bumps haven’t created serious problems.