Troubleshooting Your Garage Door

Garage doors are an important component of any home. Since they are often moving (either opening or closing), they may get damaged with time and therefore fail to function properly. But before you hire a professional to service or repair them, you should try to identify what could be causing the problem. This way you could save yourself some money.

Check for any signs of wear or broken parts

Start by inspecting each moving part of your garage door including the springs, rollers and cables. Try to notice signs of wear and tear or any broken parts. If the damage is small, carry out the necessary repairs before you use your door again. Generally, you can do minor repairs like replacing rollers but you should leave the complicated repairs to a professional. Some hardware like the springs can injure you if you handle them improperly as they’re often under high tension.

Lubricate with an oil based lubricant

To function properly, the moving parts of a garage door require to be regularly lubricated. Buy an oil based lubricant and apply it on the rollers, door lock mechanism and the hinges. Once you’re done with lubricating the door lock mechanism, be sure to apply some lubricant in the keyhole. Also apply the lubricant at the area where the rollers meet with the stem of your door. But you should avoid over applying the lubricant since it may attract dirt/soil, which may make the parts to gum up over time.

Fasten the nuts and bolts

If you’ve already done minor repairs and lubricated the door but it is still not functioning properly, you may need to check the hinges and fasteners to notice if bolts and/or nuts are tightened. Majority of times nuts and bolts become loose and can affect the garage door operation. Also inspect the lag bolts that connect the track to the wall of the garage. If the bolts are not tight, tighten them yourself. Replace the missing points if there are any.

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