Should You DIY Your Garage Door Repairs?

Garage doors are made to last a lifetime, or at least many years, and are extremely durable pieces of your home, given that they receive regular maintenance and preventative check ups throughout the years. An annual garage door tune up will save you time and money while protecting your investment in your home. If you are looking for quality garage door service, the experts at Automated Miami are available. However, perhaps you are wondering if there is anything you can do in between professional check ups. There are some steps that you can take that will contribute to the well-being of your garage door. 

Before you begin, it is important to remember that electricity is involved in the operation of your garage door. In addition, the garage door is heavy and its movement involves the use of pre-calibrated springs that can cause serious injury if not given the proper attention. Maintaining a safe environment includes paying close attention to what you are doing and what position the garage door is in at all times.

Inspection

Before deciding what maintenance needs to be completed on your garage door, it’s important to inspect the current condition it is in. Prior to doing so, however, the best first step should always be unplugging your automatic opener. This will prevent it from opening while you are looking everything over and tuning up whatever needs attention, keeping you from getting injured in the process. 

Once you have unplugged the opener, start by taking a look at the rollers. Depending on what material they are made out of, they can start to show wear and tear differently. If the rollers are nylon, look for indications that they are starting to crack or chip. If the rollers are steel, look at the bearings and see if any part looks bent, rusted, or broken. 

Next, take a look at the lift cable, paying special attention to where the cable attaches to the bottom roller bracket. It is in this area that it typically frays. There may also be a buildup of residue or grime in this area, which will need to be cleaned off in order to make a proper assessment of the state the cable is in. 

Should you determine that the cable needs to be repaired or replaced, this is a job best left for the professionals. Because of the technicalities involved and the potential for injury, leaving the replacement of these lift cables for the expert can save you time and money, and prevent you from getting hurt. 

Tighten

Upon initial inspection, you should be able to determine if there is any loose hardware on your garage door. Your garage door is utilized likely everyday of its lifespan, consistently opening and closing, which can result in loosen nuts and bolts over time. While this is fairly common, if these screws are left untightened, they can lead to bigger issues down the road. Make sure that everything is in place and tight enough to stay there, without over-tightening. 

Lubrication

Keeping the springs and rollers properly lubricated can extend their lifespans and prevent drastic damage from occurring in the future. In order to prevent rust, it is imperative to ensure that they are properly lubricated. After you have cleaned them with a hard bristle brush and some warm water, you can utilize a lubricant such as a silicone spray or white lithium grease. WD-40 is not suitable for garage doors, and will cause more problems in the long run. Apply the appropriate lubricant directly onto the springs and rollers, coating them completely, but not over-saturating them.

While there is more that goes into maintaining a garage door than what we have included in this list, these are steps that you can take in between professional maintenance appointments to increase the lifespan of your door. If you need assistance with any of the steps listed, or you would like to schedule a service, contact our garage experts today