If you want to get the most out of your garage door system, there are some basics that you just have to know. Follow these simple rules to maximize your system’s potential. You don’t have to take our word for it, though! Try these three practices out for yourself.
1. Conduct Regular Inspections
Just like you should change your car’s oil regularly and have your teeth cleaned every six months, garage doors require regular inspection and maintenance. Regular check-ups for your garage door system will allow you to address minor problems and detect major issues before it’s too late to repair them.
Once every month or so, do a visual inspection of your garage door. Look for any rust, damage, or loose parts. Check to see if your tracks are straight, and look for any debris that may prohibit movement. Clean the photo eyes and adjust them, if necessary. This is also a good time to lubricate your garage door system. Decreasing friction will help your door move more smoothly and efficiently. Inspect and clean your garage door itself. Touch up the paint, wash the surface, and reseal when necessary. By doing regular inspections and repairs, you’ll be keeping your garage door in good condition. If you notice anything that looks out of place or suspect that your garage door might need to be repaired, call a professional repair company.
At least once a year, have your garage door system professionally inspected. A professional garage door repair technician can recognize any issues with your door and conduct preventive maintenance. A repair professional can also help you determine when you’ll need to replace your system—before it leaves you trapped.
2. Address Repairs Promptly
Your garage will likely show warning signs when something isn’t operating correctly. Screeching, reverse cycling, and jolty movement are all indicators that something is wrong with your garage door. Rather than sticking your head in the sand as the situation worsens, contact a professional garage repair company. Running your garage door system while something is awry can lead to more extensive damage and a higher repair cost.
3. Call In a Pro!
You may be tempted to tackle garage door issues on your own, but in most situations, that isn’t the wisest option. Garage doors systems are made up of heavy, high-tension parts. Attempting to repair your garage door on your own can lead to severe damage to your door—or even worse, to you. A professional garage door technician can determine the most effective way to repair your door. In case your system is beyond repair, a professional can help you find the best replacement for your needs and budget.
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