If you can’t remember the last time you had your garage door serviced, you may want to call a technician for a maintenance appointment. In between service calls, there are some things that you can do to keep your garage door operating properly. One of the most important things you can do for your garage door is inspect it for damage. Here are some things that you can do to keep your garage door in proper working order.
Clean The Tracks
Did you know that the tracks on your garage door system should be kept clean? Cleaning the tracks on your garage door is probably one of the easiest things you can do. You’ll need a broom, a bucket of warm sudsy water and a clean rag. Simply sweep the debris off the tracks and then wash the tracks using the clean rags. Once the tracks are clean, let them air dry. You should wash the tracks about once every three months.
Inspect For Damage
Your garage door gets a lot of use. You probably open and close your garage door several times a day. Over time, the tracks, door and opener can get worn out and damaged. Conducting routine inspections can catch small issues before they turn into larger issues later on. Here are a few of the things you should check for.
- Bent or damaged tracks
- Loose or missing screws or bolts
- Dent or damaged door panels
- Loose or damaged garage door opener chain
- Loose wires
These issues can lead to problems with the proper functioning of your garage door. For instance, did you know that bent panels can prevent your door from rolling up the way that it should? Damaged chains can cause your garage door opener to malfunction. Loose or missing bolts can cause your tracks to fall apart while the door is opening or closing. As soon as you discover an issue, you should call for garage door repairs.
Don’t wait until your garage door falls apart. Inspect your door at least once every six months and take care of repairs as soon as possible.