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How do I take care of my garage door?

March 02, 2019

Garage door Tulsa maintenance is often overlooked, but proper inspection should be part of your routine. Being the largest moving part in your home, it is vulnerable to wear and tear.  It is important you perform regular preventive care to keep your garage door operating smoothly for years to come.

Below are things you can do to take care of your overhead door Tulsa.

  • Look and listen carefully to the door in operation

    This is one of the easiest ways of taking care of your garage door. When moving it up and down, watch it carefully to ensure it works smoothly. The door should go up and down without any jerking and also without making grinding noises.

  • Tighten up the hardware

Since the typical garage door moves up and down so many times in a year, the vibration and motion loosen up the hardware. Inspect the brackets that hold the door tracks and tighten up loose bolts with a socket wrench.

  • Test the garage door balance

    Always check if your garage door is properly balanced. If it’s not balanced accordingly, it stands very little chance of functioning properly. As a result of the imbalance, your garage door breaks because of the stress put on the door opener. To test the balance of your door, pull the release button then lift the door manually so it is about halfway up. If your door is balanced, it should remain there without your help. If it doesn’t, it means the door is not balanced and you should call an experienced professional.

  • Examine and replace the rollers

    Ensure you inspect the rollers along the edges of the door very often. If you find any rollers that are cracked, worn or chipped, replace them as soon as possible. Replace the rollers by removing and reinstalling the roller brackets that hold them, except for rollers that are attached to cables. In addition, you can also slide the old rollers out and the new ones in.

     

  • Lubricate any moving part

    Keep the moving parts like rollers properly lubricated and your door will work smoothly. To apply lubrication, make sure you wipe all parts clean, including removing any visible rust. You will then need white lithium grease for the screw, pulleys or chain that your opener uses and lubrication spray for the overhead springs.

  • Inspect the cables and pulleys

    You should always examine the condition of the cables and the pulleys that attach the springs to the door. If you notice any broken strands and see any problem with the high-tension cables that are used to lift your garage door, contact a professional.

  • Clean and paint your garage door

    When checking other components, also examine the condition of the door itself. If your door has rust spots, sand, prime and repaint over them.

    • Test the Auto-Reverse Safety Features

 To test the auto-reverse feature, place a piece of brick or wood on the ground in the door’s path and observe because when the door, while moving down, comes in contact with the brick or wood, it should reverse and go up.

 

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