dreamstime_xxl_56425012When it comes to your garage door, you want it to always work optimally. When your garage door isn’t properly maintained, at best, it could stop working; at worst, it could cause a serious, even fatal, injury. With garage door repair, you never want to attempt it on your own. As outlined in previous blogs, it isn’t worth the risk to DIY your garage door repair. However, there are certain basic maintenance steps you can take yourself that will help to maintain your garage door and keep it running between visits from Lifetime Garage Doors.

Lubricate the moving parts

No one likes a noisy garage door. One of the easiest ways you can help the chains, rollers, and hinges of your garage door from squeaking is to lubricate them. Don’t use WD-40; this is not a long-term lubricant. Opt for a silicone or lithium spray instead. Read our blog here for tips on lubricating the metal parts of your garage door.

Clean the track

The garage door’s track may not actually need lubrication; in fact, too much lubrication may gum up the track and interfere with its functioning. Regularly cleaning the track will prevent this, and address the dirt and debris that can build up and cause your rollers, bearings, and springs to fail prematurely. Use a damp cloth, or if there is sticky residue from the lubricant, a metal cleaner should work.

Replace the weather seals

The weather seals of your garage door are the material, either rubber or plastic, that lines the bottom and sides of the door. Your weather seals become worn from use over time, which prevents them from properly protecting your garage from the elements. Weather seals generally last between five and 10 years. If it’s time to replace your weather seal, be sure that you have the right materials by bringing a small portion of your weather seal to the store with you when purchasing replacement seals.

Realign the sensors

Your garage door’s sensors are integral to the safety and function of your garage door. The sensors let the garage door opener know if the door is up or down and whether there is anything obstructing its path. It’s easy for the sensors to accidentally become misaligned if something or someone bumps it, disrupting its safety features or preventing it from working. To see if your sensors are functioning, put your hand in the beam between the sensors to see if they react. Manually adjust the sensors until they line again. If that still doesn’t work, there might be debris obstruct the way, so clean them.

Reset the garage door opener

dreamstime_xxl_32996863If your garage door opener isn’t functioning, it may be because it needs to be reset. Start by changing the batteries to make sure that isn’t the issue. If new batteries don’t help, resetting is your next step. While the exact process varies between models and brands, in general, to reset your garage door opener, you will unplug it and plug it back in again, then attempt to use it. Your manufacturer’s guide should help you, or give us a call, and we can help you out with any of your garage door needs.

If you simply do not have the time or resources to regularly maintain your garage door, why not take the hassle out of this important task? At Lifetime Garage Doors, we can perform regular maintenance of your garage door so you don’t have to keep track of it and do it yourself. We will do a full inspection to ensure that your garage door will last you for years to come. Contact us for garage door maintenance in Sarasota or Tampa!