An automatic garage door is a very common luxury that is found on most homes in the United States. While they are fairly simple in concept they possess just enough complexity to necessitate regular care and maintenance in order to keep them working efficiently and quietly. Before we go into various ways you can keep your garage door in top shape it should be pointed out that you should never attempt to fix your garage door unless you are a professional. A trained, licensed and insured technician will not only provide the skill and expertise needed, but you will be covered in the event that anything should go wrong. That said, let’s briefly outline ways you can keep your automatic garage door system healthy.
- Make sure your system’s components are lubricated: A coating of lithium spray or silicon spray will go a long way in keeping your automatic garage door system operating quietly. Proper lubrication also will significantly reduce wear and tear due to friction. WD-40 is not recommended because it is not a long lasting solution.
- Keeping your tracks clean: Keeping the tracks of that guide your garage door clean is important because dust can easily collect on them and that can create a residue that can erode your springs, rollers and bearings.
- Check/Replace weather seals: The weather seals on the bottom and sides of your automatic garage door can wear down over time and when they do they allow more and more air from outside to make it into your home. Weather seals typically last in the 5-10 year range, so odds are you will not need to replace them, but checking them is always a sound idea.
These three ways are only part 1 in our series of simple ways you can keep your automatic garage door system in top shape.