Tips For Garage Door Maintenance
Garage Door Maintenance In A Nutshell
Garage door maintenance is the most important part of long problem free life of your door. They are many things a homeowner can do on their own for very minimal cost, if not free. 3 to 4 times a year the door as well as the opener need to be lubed, a silicone spray can be purchased at your local store. The hinges including the rollers should be sprayed. Never lube or grease the track. It allows the rollers the slide instead of roll up and down the track. The rollers are actually wheels that are made to roll and many homes i go to grease the tracks which is a big mess. The springs above the door should be lubed by spraying them from end to end, this keeps the springs from binding metal to metal. They are also 3 bearings above your door, one on each end and a center bearing, lube them as well.
Maintaining The Garage Door
The garage door opener requires some lubrication as well. Most opener have some sort of rail system the door rides up and down on, lube the rail with a light film of low temp grease, a silicone spray will work also but will not last as long. Garage door companies can perform these services as well, but for the do it yourself person, this is an easy task. If you are not able or do not wish to maintain your door and open yourself, ask about a maintenance program. At Arizona garage doors we offer affordable service maintenance for both your door as well as opener. In my opinion, the door parts that need replacement from time to time are the following.
Maintain The Garage Door Spring
The springs should be replaced when the door, in the manual position weighs more than about ten pounds and will not stay up when opened halfway. A heavy door will over work and shorten the life of your opener as well as pose a danger of breaking. The rollers should be replaced every 5 to 7 years with a ball bearing roller for a bind free roll up and down every time.
Tips On Garage Door Openers
Opener life can very depending on usage. I am a big fan of the liftmaster openings, and especially the belt drive systems. Again in my opinion the average life on liftmaster opener can be 14-20 yrs. Expect less for high usage and lack of maintenance. All areas of the country effect the life span, but all in all it's fairly the same. High heat can wear electronics, and extreme cold will make a door over work the opener because of contracting and binding.