The door to your garage works simply and has only two functions: to open and close. But one day, it might stop out of the blue. The problems people often encounter with their garage doors are also very simple in nature. Fortunately, most problems with these doors can be fixed without the help of a professional.
Do-It-Yourself Tips for Garage Door Repair
Quick Fix: If the door isn’t opening or closing as usual, then it is time for some maintenance. Examine the rollers and tracks, looking for loose spots and signs of damage. If you haven’t cleaned the door in a long time and they look dusty, take some grease and brush the tracks along with a lubricant. This should get your door back up and running. If this doesn’t fix the problem, contact a door installer.
Address the Noise: Old garage doors make a loud creaking noise, alerting your entire neighborhood that you’ve arrived home. Noisy doors can be easily fixed by simply lubricating them. You should lubricate the tracks and the sides of the door every 6 months. Do this especially before the winter months arrive. Take some time off to clean and lubricate the door.
Jammed Doors: Do you feel like your garage door has turned into a block of ice and wouldn’t move? Cold weather can do this to your door. The moisture during the winter season causes the wood on the door to swell and also freezes the tracks. The solution is to increase the heat in the garage for about 30 minutes to loosen the tracks and the door as well. The heat will take away the moisture. If there is no heating equipment in the garage, use a blow drier or vacuum blower to do the job. After opening the door, clear the ice and water that has collected beneath the door.
Check the Safety Features: Every once in a while, ensure that the safety features of the door are working properly. Modern garage doors are built with cutting edge technology for safety, such as alarms and closing/opening features that cannot be breached. If the safety features are not functioning properly, the door itself will not work. Check the settings of the door using the manufacturer’s manual.
Routinely Check the Opener: You may be using a remote, voice recognition, or vision recognition technologies for opening the door. Sometimes when the door refuses to open, the problem may lie with the opener. Conduct routine checks to ensure that the opener is working properly, especially after returning from a holiday, or when you have not used the garage for a long time. If there is a problem, then you need to contact a garage door repair service.
Never attempt to replace the door, tracks and the springs by yourself. These are definitely not a do-it-yourself kind of job. It’s safest in this situation to call on professional garage door repair services. Your safety, as well as that of your family, is paramount.