Proper maintenance of the garage door is an important part of your home’s upkeep, whether you have an automatic system or not. Careful maintenance will ensure that you get the most out of your system’s lifespan, that it is always safe to use, and that it runs efficiently and economically at all times. Yet so many people neglect to perform regular maintenance on their systems, and fail to notice the gradual decline in their health and functionality as a result, only realizing that something is wrong when it is too late and the system breaks down altogether. So to help you avoid this, here is a little information on the kinds of maintenance that your doors require, and why it is so important to get it done.
The first thing you need to know about garage door maintenance is that it needs to be done on a regular basis. Once to twice a year is a good goal to set, but on more heavy duty systems or those that operate in harsher climates should be seen to more often. Avoiding regular and routine maintenance will allow latent defects to take hold in your system, and will begin destroying it slowly without you even noticing. This could lead to dire damages being inflicted on your system, ones that would end up costing way more than the cumulative costs of maintenance.
Replacing and inspecting your springs
Your garage door springs are the single most important components in your system with regards to both functionality and safety. But the immense pressure that they are always under means that they will take damage from wear and tear after a while, which will eventually result in their failure. Avoid this by having your springs inspected regularly, and opting for spring replacement as soon as it is needed.
What about the tracks?
The garage door tracks are made up of moving parts that work together to help your door move smoothly up and down. But the moving parts cause friction with one another which wears them down over time, and also stops them from providing smooth, easy action. For this reason they should be properly lubricated from time to time, less they fail and stop doing what they are supposed to, causing the door to slip off the track from time to time.
The overlooked components
Ensure that every inch of your system is properly inspected and maintained by getting a pro to do it for you. Panels, wheels, bearings, electronics, the opener and motor and even the garage door trolley each have a specific function to perform in your system. Ensure that they are always in good health by getting the entire system regularly inspected by a professional who knows what they are doing.
As you can see, getting proper maintenance is not that hard, not with services around to help you out, and it is far less expensive than having to deal with repairs and replacements. So if your system is due a check-up, be sure to get it maintained today.