A garage door tune-up isn’t necessarily difficult, but it will require some expertise. On average, Americans use their garage door a little less than 3 times a day, which is more than 2,000 times in just two years. That’s a lot of chances for a piece of hardware to get knocked off track or to become loose. At first, the door may just seem slower than it did before, but eventually, it can deteriorate enough to put you and your family in danger. A garage door tune up can prevent many of the more common issues before they even start.
You can use the following tips whether your garage door runs on torsion or extension springs. If the actual springs need work though, you should call a professional immediately. These are far too dangerous to attempt to fix on your own.
Check the Hardware
The easiest thing you can do is tighten all the nuts and bolts. Pay careful attention to the hardware around the roller and support brackets because they help the rails stay in place. Next, ensure the chains and screws are lubricated, so the garage door stays quiet and the chain isn’t exposed to unnecessary friction. (You can find spray-on versions of white lithium grease, which makes this step practically foolproof.)
Check the Software
There should be a rubber seal found attached to the foot of your garage door. If you look at it, you’ll notice it’s shaped like a U and hollowed out on the inside. Unsurprisingly, it’s called a U-shaped astragal, and it takes a beating from both the weather, general use, and even rodents who want to find a way into your clean and dry garage. If you want to buy a new one, you’ll need to contact a professional as opposed to trying to find one at your nearest hardware store. Loosen up the channels with a flat-head screwdriver, pull out the old astragal, and then insert the new seal into the channels. Use pliers to close up the channels again (crimp them back together.) You can use rubbing alcohol at the ends of the channels to facilitate this process.
If you have an older garage door, you may want to consider upgrading instead of doing a garage door tune up. Most people don’t think of their garage door as a hazard, but it’s probably more dangerous than you think. While modern doors certainly aren’t entirely danger-free, they are manufactured with much higher safety standards. Instead of trying to tune up an old door, replacing may be a smarter option.
If you have questions or need assistance with your tune up, Aladdin Doors Kane County can help. Our staff is trained to handle it all from the most basic questions to most advanced problems.