Unlock the Secret to Longevity: A 3 STEP Guide to Maintaining Your Garage Door
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Maintaining your garage door is key to making sure your family stays safe and that your door operates at its best. Whether you have a Sectional Garage Door or Roller Garage Door, if you want your garage door to last for years and operate properly and safely, there are certain steps that must be carried out regularly to ensure longevity. In this blog post, we’re going to give you an easy-to-follow guide on how to keep up with maintenance, so your garage door lasts longer. Read on to learn more about the secrets behind successful long-term care for a high-functioning garage door.
Keeping your garage door in good condition is essential for ensuring its long-term performance and reliability. While an annual garage door service carried out by a garage door professional is required to ensure that all mechanical components are running to the best of their ability, regularly maintaining your garage door can help to prevent any unexpected issues or breakdowns from occurring, which can cause costly repairs or replacements.
Maintenance should include checking that the garage door opens and closes properly, inspecting its components for signs of wear and tear, lubricating moving parts to keep it running smoothly, tightening loose screws and bolts, and checking the balance of the door. Doing these simple steps regularly can help to extend the life of your garage door and keep it working properly for longer.
Additionally, maintaining your garage door will also make sure that the safety features of your garage door are always up to date; this includes any sensors or reverse mechanisms that could prevent an accident from occurring while using the door.
Please note: A garage door is the biggest moving object in any home and requires annual servicing, just like your car. Regularly maintaining your garage door will help to prolong its functionality only in addition to an annual garage door service.
Step 1 – Regularly inspect your garage door
While an annual garage door service is recommended, inspecting your garage door in the meantime will help to prolong its functionality. When inspecting your garage door, it is important to look out for any potential issues that may arise with its use.
Check the door’s alignment and look for signs of physical damage such as dents, cracks or chips in the material, and make sure all the necessary components are in good working order. Some parts, such as hinges and rollers, may also need some TLC from time-to-time. Also check the operation of the safety features, such as safety beams and reverse operation if you have a garage door opener.
If you find any problems with your garage door or its components, have them fixed by a professional technician immediately for optimal performance and safety. Regularly maintaining your garage door also helps to keep routine repairs to a minimum so you can enjoy years of trouble-free use from your garage door system.
Step 2 – Keep all moving parts clean, lubricated and effectively functioning
Moving parts are an essential component of a functioning machine, and if they are not taken care of correctly, the entire machine can cease to operate. Keeping all moving parts clean and lubricated is important in maintaining them in working order. Without this maintenance, dirt and debris can accumulate in the components, leading to unwanted friction and gradual wear.
To ensure that all moving parts are functioning effectively, it is important to regularly inspect them for any signs of damage or wear. If any signs are present, they should be addressed immediately before causing any further damage or disruption. Furthermore, lubricants should be applied on a regular basis to reduce the amount of resistance caused by contact between two surfaces. This will also help to reduce heat build-up which can cause further damage over time. Regularly maintaining your garage door is essential for keeping all moving parts clean and functioning properly for as long as possible.
Step 3 – Make certain to keep the sensors free from foreign objects and debris, as well as check for proper alignment
The importance of keeping sensors, also known as our PE safety beams, free from foreign objects and debris cannot be overstated.
Sensors are an integral part of many industrial and commercial applications, and their performance can be severely compromised if they become contaminated with dirt, dust, or worse, metal shavings or other foreign objects. Not only could this cause the sensor to malfunction or cease to work altogether, it could also lead to expensive repair costs and downtime. Even a small particle of debris can cause a major disruption in the accuracy and stability of sensor readings, so regular maintenance and thorough cleaning is essential.
It’s also important to check for proper alignment of sensors so that they can provide accurate readings as needed. By making sure that sensors remain free from any foreign objects or debris and checking for proper alignment on occasion, you can ensure that they will operate correctly and provide reliable readings when needed.
Please note that PE Beams are not a standard product and can be purchased as an optional extra.
It is recommended that a garage door is serviced once a year by a professional garage door technician as a garage door is a large mechanical product that needs regular servicing, just like your car. Additionally, regular do-it-yourself maintenance and upkeep of a garage door is also essential to ensure its longevity.
Without proper servicing and maintenance, the door system will not function as intended and can cause serious safety issues. To avoid such problems, it’s important to regularly inspect the system for any signs of wear or damage and make sure that all components are properly lubricated. All tracks should be free of debris and dirt, while springs and cables can be inspected for rust, wear and tear. As a home-owner it is highly important to only inspect springs and cables, but NOT perform any maintenance as this must be carried out by a trained garage door professional.
It is also important to regularly check all hardware components such as hinges, pulleys, roller brackets, garage door openers, etc., for any signs of corrosion or damage that could otherwise weaken the overall structure. Properly serviced and maintained garage doors will provide many years of reliable service with minimal repair costs due to their efficient operation. This is why it’s so important to keep up with regular maintenance and upkeep of your garage door system – it just makes sense! Not only can you avoid expensive repairs down the road but also save time by not having to constantly fix minor problems caused by neglecting routine maintenance tasks.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT MAINTAINING YOUR GARAGE DOOR OR NEED ASSISTANCE, THE TEAM AT CENTURION GARAGE DOORS IS HERE TO HELP. CONTACT US TODAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SERVICES OR TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION.
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