Maintaining Your Garage Door

Posted on: 25 July 2017

Installing a new garage door will feel like a huge accomplishment because it is going to give you and your car a warm place in the winter and a cool place in the summer. No more walking out and having to scrape snow off of your car during the winter. So, when you install your garage door, be sure that you maintain it properly. Here are a few tips to help you keep your garage door working properly.


One of the most important aspects of your garage door is ensuring that the balance is always perfect. If the balance of your garage door is off, the motor might be overstressed and problems can occur. If the door is out of balance it is important to have it professionally balanced. To check the balance of your garage door, you will want to first unplug the door from all electricity. Then lift the garage door manually to your hip and let go. If the door moves at all, then you have a balance issue. You should check the balance of your garage door a few times a month.


One of the biggest problems that people run into is lubrication. You can both not lubricate enough and lubricate too much. You will want to lubricate the hinges, the bearings, and the springs with motor oil, but be sure to use only what is needed. The problem that many people run into is lubricating too much and getting the oil on the tracks. If you get lubrication on the tracks it is important that you clean them very thoroughly. If oil is left on the track, the rollers may actually slide instead of roll, and that can be extremely dangerous.


Part of the reason that you invested in a garage door is to increase the curb appeal of your home, and a good clean garage door can do just that. However, over time your garage door is going to get dusty and look dirty. It is important that you keep the inside and the outside of the door clean. Most of the time you will be able to accomplish this with a simple spray down. However, about once every three months you will want to brush the dust off, and then wash the door, inside and out, with soap and water. Just be sure to get all the soap off the garage door.