Many people seeking garage door repair get surprised to learn that they could have avoided the hefty repair bills or the annoying noises by simply sticking to the basics. Owners will overlook an issue that they very well know could damage their doors. I mean, what’s wrong with delaying the regular maintenance by a week or two? Or can’t I simply apply ordinary grease or lube instead of the recommended high-quality grease? Well, such thinking is what leads to premature garage door failure. Basics that need constant reviewing include:
- Regular Lubrication
That annoying noise that comes when opening or shutting the door is most likely caused by lack of grease on the rails, chains, or rollers. In fact, some people can afford to sleep comfortably despite the grinding or squeaking noise. Yes, it may appear non-threatening; but, allowing this to carry on may end up costing you new rollers, tracks, pulleys and other components. Don’t ignore the lubrication process. Simply apply some lightweight oil, quality lube or grease on the recommended areas.
- Remove Faulty Parts
Why you still hanging on to the damaged spring or track? What value does the broken chain add to your garage door? Failing to get rid of damaged parts is among the most common oversights. Rather than removing them and replacing them with new ones, many garage door owners will hang on to the faulty parts as if they were dear life. The parts will only be removed by the Cincinnati Garage Door Experts after things get worse. Remove the damaged roller while inspecting or servicing the bracket.
- Clean Tracks, Springs, and Roller Bearings
Tracks, garage door springs, roller bearings and other parts become dirty over time. They will be covered by dirt, plant matter, dust, moisture, old grease and much more. You of course would have noticed that the door doesn’t open or shut all the way. Or it requires more effort and takes time for the garage door to fully close or open. The basic requirements you are overlooking is not regularly cleaning the mentioned parts. All you need is removing the accumulated dirt and dust with a good brush. Thereafter, clean with mineral spirit, turpentine, or kerosene. Finally, apply lube or grease.
- Tighten the Hardware
Constant use and the door’s weight puts lots of stress on parts such as brackets, springs, tracks, hinges, as well as the frame. Over time, the door may become misaligned, the hinges may become lose, the screws holding the tracks, or sockets housing the springs may also become lose. This not only makes opening and closing the door difficult; but, you also are at risk of the door falling on you. Rather than waiting for a garage door firm, why not re-tighten all the hardware?
The above are arguably the most overlooked basics. Strangely, the activities can be performed by anyone as long as he sets some little time aside. You don’t need special skills, wealth-of-experience, or specialized tools. A basic brush, cleaning agents (kerosene, white spirit, turpentine….), screwdriver, level, and an eye for detail are all what’s required. Regularly doing this will save you countless trips or calls to the garage door repair company.