Everything in your life needs maintenance. Your body needs physicals, exercise, and grooming. Your car needs oil changes, new tires, washing, and alignments. It’s no different for your overhead garage door. Let Neighborhood Garage Door Services of Riverside, CA walk you through some easy steps for regular care of your garage door hinges, tracks, and rollers.
Why your garage door hinges, tracks, and rollers need care
Over time, the various parts of your garage can break down. Metal parts can rust. Nylons parts can wear down. Vinyl parts can crack and break. Catching these problems early can save a lot of trouble down the road. Ignoring the issues, or failing to notice them in time can result in larger repairs with higher costs.
The first thing you want to do is to have a regular inspection of your garage door and it’s parts. Check out the tracks. Look for bending or warping. Check for cracks. See if there is any build up debris or grime in the tracks.
While going over the tracks, look at each roller as well. If you have older metal rollers, check them for rust or cracks. If your garage door has newer nylon rollers, you’ll want to check for excessive wear, grooves, or shredding of any kind.
Check the hinges. Make sure that each bolt or rivet is in place on every hinge. Check for missing hinges, or ones that are coming off the door. Inspect each hinge for rust, excessive dust or buildup, and cracks or missing metal.
Perform these checks in two ways: stationary and in motion. Look over each part with the door in the closed position, as well as the open position. Then, watch the door as it opens checking for any malfunction like jerking or squeaking.
No moving parts should have any kind of buildup or obstructions of any kind. Sweep out any debris that has accumulated in the tracks. Dust off the hinges. Clear away any cobwebs that may have accumulated along the outside edge of the tracks as well.
Give everything a good once over and make sure you haven’t missed anything. Look for dust, debris, excessive buildup of lubricants, etc.
It’s a good idea to regularly lubricate all the various moving parts of your overhead door. You should get on a consistent schedule to help maintain proper working order of your door. Be sure to consult your owner guide to verify which type of lubricant you should use. WD-40 is not recommended.
However, even with proper maintenance, all garage doors need a professional eventually. Neighborhood Garage Door Services of Riverside, California is your best choice for that professional. Don’t hesitate when the problems show up. Call us right away and we will be on site fast to get you back on track.