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Tips to Follow to Extend the Life of Your Overhead Garage Door

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Your overhead garage door as used multiple times over the course of a day, and it’s important that they are working properly at all times. The best way to ensure it continues to operate smoothly and efficiently for the years to come, is to conduct regular garage door maintenance.

Here are some things to observe / check:

  • Does your overhead garage door make any abnormal noises while operating.
  • Does it move smoothly up and down or does it jerk.
  • Is the door level on both ends when going up and down.
  • Is your overhead garage door properly balanced – pull the release handle to disconnect the garage door opener and lift the garage door halfway up manually. If it does not stay put, it’s out of balance and needs to be serviced by a professional.
  • Check, and tighten if necessary, all roller bolts and brackets.
  • Check to make sure the rollers are not damaged in any way. It is a good idea to have them replaced every seven years or so. If damaged, have them replaced immediately.
  • Check cables by inspecting bottom roller bracket and look for broken strands. If any are broken, it needs to be serviced by a professional.
  • Check weather stripping to make sure not cracked or missing.
  • Keep garage door tracks clear of debris.
  • Spray lubricant on overhead springs and white lithium grease on the screw or chain of the opener.
  • Test auto-reverse safety features –
    • Run your leg under the door as it is coming down, it should reverse and go back up.
    • Place an object on the floor under the door, when it comes in contact with the object, it should reverse and go back up.
  • Wood Overhead Garage Doors – inspect for warpage, water damage, or chipped or peeling paint. Steel Overhead Garage Doors – inspect for rust.
  • Wash your doors regularly to remove dirt and grim. It’s a good habit to wash your garage door at the same time you wash your car or truck.

If you follow these tips, it will help extend the life of your overhead garage door.