How to Maintain Overhead Doors Properly11/28/2014 Back To Blog
The best thing about garage doors is that they can provide resistance against any external force and can keep your home intact and secure. The worst thing about these huge mechanisms is that they can be a great threat to one's safety if they are not maintained properly. In this case, all the advantages coming with a stable overhead door will be automatically cancelled and your house will be at stake. Although it is not the job of homeowners to maintain the garage system, they can still check the parts and perhaps lubricate and clean them to ensure that the door will move properly.
Attention: You must always take the right precautions before you engage in any repairs or even inspections.
1. Your first priority must be to disconnect and unplug the opener.
2. Wear safety glasses and gloves.
3. If you keep the door open, secure it in one place by using pliers or C-clamps.
4. Remember that when the door is closed, the tension of the garage door springs is high and you shouldn't mess with the cables or their brackets.
The right steps for safe garage door maintenance
It's important to understand that overhead garage doors move in tracks, which must be free of debris, dents and elements. The smallest obstruction could cause damage to the rollers or even to the door itself if it binds. So, a good inspection of these parts is important. It’s definitely important to wear gloves when you are checking the components since they might have some rough edges, which may cut you. You should make sure the garage door tracks are in perfect condition and tightened. So, check their brackets as well and make sure the nuts are tightened and not rusty.
Although adjusting spring tension is a dangerous task, checking whether the door is balanced or not is not hard. You just have to raise the door halfway open and let go. Be careful not to stand under the panel and check whether the door bounces a bit, moves up or falls down. In the case of the latter, spring tension must be increased and if it raises a bit, some tension must be released. The chain of the opener, the springs and all parts made of steel should be lubricated and all fasteners tightened. These actions will prevent problems and ensure your safety.
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