Did you know that the typical home garage door opens and closes 3-5 times each day, or 1500 times per year, according to various media sources? Garage doors put in a lot of labor, with approximately 70 million residential garage doors in single-family households in the United States alone. So it's no surprise that when a garage door breaks down or malfunctions, it causes havoc for everyone. That is why it is critical to keep your garage door in good operating order so that you can reach where you need to go without incident.
Many connected garage owners enter and depart their home nearly entirely through the garage door. Break that habit if that describes you. Every day, the garage door goes up and down five to ten times. At ten cycles per day, the springs may need to be replaced every two and a half years. However, if there are two cycles each day, spring replacement may be required every seven or eight years.
People prefer to ignore their garage door until there is a serious problem that is expensive to repair. They don't think twice about getting their car's oil changed, and they should do the same with their garage door. Maintain panels, hinges, pulleys, rollers, cables, and springs by inspecting them twice a year. It's also a good idea to schedule regular inspections with a garage door professional.
If you want to extend the life of your garage door, you should lubricate the working parts on a regular basis. Lubricate your garage door's moving parts every 6 months to ensure that the joints and range of motion continue to move smoothly without getting corroded or tight. Lubricating the working elements of your garage door is also simple. Simply dampen a cloth and run it along the moving components to begin lubricating.
The tracks are important to the longevity of your garage door and endure a lot of wear and tear. The tracks run along both sides of the garage door and above it, guiding it as it opens and closes. Even if you don't want to lubricate the tracks since it might cause harm, you need maintain them clean. To remove dirt and debris, clean with a warm, moist cloth.
The door is balanced with springs so that it opens and closes smoothly. Unbalanced garage doors force the opener to work harder, reducing its lifespan. Close the garage door and pull the release handle, which disengages the automated opener, to verify balance. Lift the door manually until it is about halfway open. The door should not move more than a foot up or down and then remain in place without assistance. The door is not balanced or the springs are worn if it creeps up or down. Call a professional to repair it.
Garage door openers are available from Peter and Sons Construction. If you need help getting the process of replacing or selecting a garage door opener underway, the Peter and Sons Construction team is ready to assist. Contact us right now to get started.