A DIY ANNUAL GARAGE DOOR TUNE UP
Garage Door Tune Up Tips
Your garage door was engineered to last for many years, provided it receives care through tune ups preventive maintenance. An annual garage door tune up will save you time and money while protecting your investment in your home. If you are looking for Phoenix garage door service, the experts at Sun City Garage Doors are available. This article is for those who want to do some or all of the work themselves.
Before you begin, it is important to remember that electricity is involved. Also, the 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 your paying close attention to what you are doing and what position the garage door is in at all times.
Step One – Inspection
- If you have an automatic garage door opener, the first thing you need to do is to unplug it. You do not want it to be inadvertently activated while you are working on the door.
- Inspect the rollers. How old are they? If nylon, are they showing signs of wear by either showing cracks or have pieces starting to chip off? If your garage door has steel rollers, do the bearings show signs of wear and does the roller itself look like it is bending and not sitting properly in the roller bracket?
- Take a look at the lift cable. The cable may start to fray near the bottom roller bracket, where it attaches. If the area adjacent to where the cable attaches to the bracket is dirty with buildup from dirt and moisture, use a toothbrush to clean it so you can make a determination on whether to replace the cable.
It is very important to note that if you need to replace the cable you should call the experienced Phoenix garage door service professionals at Sun City Garage Doors. This cable is under extremely high tension and only a garage door professional should safely remove and replace one.
Step Two – Tighten up Loose Nuts and Bolts
Your garage door may open and close hundreds of times a year. This movement causes nuts and bolts to loosen. Unchecked, this will result in faulty operation and undue wear and tear. You should check and tighten all of the nuts and bolts that hold the garage door system together.
Step Three – Lubricate
Preventing corrosion and lubricating moving parts will extend the life of your garage door components. Springs are susceptible to corrosion, so you should apply a generous amount of a lubricant that also cleans. Whether your door has a chain or drive screw assembly, you should use white lithium grease. This will make your door operate quieter, and the smooth movement will also contribute to prolonging the life of the components.
Step Four – The Weather Seal
The weather seal, on the bottom of your door, will age and wear over time. It will become brittle and will need to be replaced. A new seal can be installed quickly using a flat pry bar to remove the old seal, and roofing nails to keep the new seal in place.
You should always remember that for Phoenix garage door service, you do not have to go it alone. When it comes time for annual maintenance on your garage door and you find that there are items that need attention that you want to call in experts to manage, call Sun City Garage Doors.
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