Picture it: it’s Friday, you have just left work and are ready to start your weekend. Pulling into your driveway, you tap the button on your garage door opener, humming the last few lines of the song playing on the radio, expecting to pull right into your garage like you always do. Except this time, the garage door doesn’t open. Nothing can potentially ruin the start to your weekend like being unable to pull into your garage and leave your work week worries behind.
If this unfortunate situation ever happens to you, don’t worry! We have experienced technicians available to help you. Before we panic about a hypothetical, however, let’s talk about how to prevent this kind of emergency from ever happening in the first place.
Do Your Part
Though it is always best to hire a professional when it comes to installing, maintaining, and repairing your garage door, there are certain things that you can do to lengthen the life of your door, help prevent the need for a professional, and notice when an expert is needed earlier.
Look and Listen
Be sure to inspect your garage consistently, and pay attention to how the entire system sounds when opening and closing as well. Regularly looking over your garage door, opener, springs, and rollers can help you notice potential problems faster, and perhaps even prevent them from developing into full issues later on.
With garages being a common place to store our odds and ends belongings, they can easily become over-packed, with items spilling out on all sides. These objects can easily slip and fall into the path of your garage door and the rollers. If this happens, it can cause issues with the alignment, or the operation as a whole. Before closing your garage door, just do a quick sweep of the area and make sure it’s clear of all obstructions, and this problem should be prevented!
Keep Clean and Lubricated
Every once in a while, take a peek at the rollers and the spring of your garage door. Make sure that they are clean, and that no excessive residue has built up over time. However, this does not mean make sure they are dry. Dry patches and rust can indicate, or be the cause of, a problem. Once extra residue has been removed, be sure to place a thin layer of lubrication over your rollers and spring to make sure everything will continue running smoothly.
Last, but certainly not least, is to keep an eye on the spring tension. Though hiring a professional for a full spring inspection is the best practice, you can always keep an eye on things to monitor the condition. If you notice your garage door opener seems to be straining more than it used to, it might be time to have your springs inspected.
When it comes down to it, if you are unsure of what to do or how to keep your garage in the best condition, give our experts a call. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to being able to access your home and garage. We can help determine if repairs can be made, or if a total replacement is needed. Either way, we can get it done. Let us know what we can do for you today!