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Fall Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors

October 1, 2015

It is important to perform routine maintenance steps once a month, to ensure your garage functions properly all year long and does not cause any safety concerns. Garage door maintenance is not usually on your regular to-do list, but there are a few simple steps and tips to follow to keep the door rolling along, trouble-free throughout the winter season. Please be sure to review your owner’s manual for the garage door. If you don’t have a manual, look for the model number on the back of the door, or check the lock handle, hinges, or other hardware for the manufacturer’s name and request a manual from the manufacturer.

Important steps to follow for fall garage door maintenance:

  • Give all rollers, hinges, roller tracks, and latches a good squirt with a penetrating solvent like WD-40 or a citrus-based solvent. Lubricate the pulleys on extension-spring openers and the bearings on torsion-spring openers. Wipe a little oil on the torsion spring if it is rusty and binds up.
  • How to Clean a Garage Door? Wipe everything clean; apply light oil, such as 3-in-1 lubricants to the same parts.
  • If any rollers or hinges seem stuck, try to soak them in some kerosene. Use a small brush (an old toothbrush works great) to work the kerosene into the cracks. Remove any rust with steel wool. Wipe all parts clean, then apply lubricant.
  • Garage door maintenance is often needed on the door opener. If your garage door opener is operated by a chain or drive screw, apply the same lubricant to the full length.
  • Check any weather-stripping along the sides of the doors. Adjust if it is jamming against the sides, and replace if necessary.
  • If your garage door is wood and it doesn’t have bottom weather-stripping, make sure it has been sealed or painted. Touch up as needed, and consider adding weather-stripping.

For more fall maintenance tips and information or have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us today!