Most modern homes are equipped with automatic garage doors that make accessing the garage space more convenient. If you enjoy being able to enter and exit your garage without having to leave your vehicle to manually operate the door, then you need to keep your garage door in good working condition.
Here are maintenance tasks that you can't overlook if you want your garage door to remain safe and functional in the future.
1. Check the balance.
Each year there are some 30,000 injuries caused by malfunctioning garage doors. Many of these injuries are the result of an improperly balanced garage door. When your automatic door isn't balanced. it doesn't have the ability to stay open. The door could come crashing down at any moment, resulting in serious injury.
You can easily check the balance of your garage door by taking the time to close the garage door completely and pull the release level that allows you to manually operate the door. Lift the door off the ground, and check to see if it stays open on its own. If the door shuts, the balance is off and professional attention is needed to restore safe functionality.
2. Lubricate the moving parts.
An automatic garage door relies on a series of moving parts in order to raise and lower the door on a regular basis. Over time, these parts can lose their ability to move smoothly. Adding lubrication to your garage door's moving parts is the best way to ensure the door goes up and down without issue.
Add a silicone lubricant to all metal hinges, springs, rollers, and chains to provide maximum mobility, but avoid letting the lubricant come into contact with any plastic parts since the lubricant could cause premature weakening of the plastic.
3. Check the sensitivity of your door.
Modern automatic garage doors are equipped with sensors that prevent them from crashing down too hard. When the settings for the sensitivity of these sensors is off, your garage door could sustain damage during normal use.
You can easily check the sensitivity of your garage door by placing a piece of wood directly under the door. If the door bounces back up when it comes into contact with the wood, then your sensitivity level is appropriate. If there is no bounce-back, you will need to adjust the settings on your sensors manually until you achieve the right level of sensitivity.
Taking the time to complete regular maintenance will keep your garage door safe and functional well into the future. For more information on garage doors, contact a company like All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc.
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