Garage Door Maintenance That You Can Do Yourself


A garage door must be properly maintained in order to keep it working properly. There are small things that you can do to your garage door to keep working at maximum efficiency without having to call a service person. 

Align The Sensors

The sensors on the garage door can throw off the entire opening and closing of the door if they are not in proper alignment. Take a long piece of string and tie one end to the sensor on the left side and then tie the other on the right side. Once the string is attached, take a level and rest it along the top of the string to check and make sure that the sensors match up at the same level off the ground. If the level shows that it is not balanced then make adjustments to once side until the level balances back out to the proper levels.

Clean Dirt & Debris Off The Door

Over time, the front of the garage door will collect dirt and debris that will need to be removed. Fill a bucket with warm water, squirt in a little bit of dish soap and mix it around until it completely dissolves into the water. Take a sponge and dunk it into the soapy water and apply it to the dirty areas of the door. Let the soapy water sit on the door for a full five minutes to allow it to break down the dirt. Plug in a pressure washer to a water supply and power outlet and then begin pressure wash the soapy water off the door. Make sure that you increase the pressure of the water when you have a tough bit of dirt that did not initially come off using the sponge. 

Lubricate The Rollers

Using a ladder climb up level to the roller tracks on the left side and clear any obstructions that have collected on the tracks. When the tracks are cleared then take an oil and water dispersing spray and apply it along the tracks. The spray will lubricate the tracks and make it easier for the rollers to move along the tracks when the door opens and closes. Then ladder and repeat the process on the right side of the tracks clearing the obstructions and lubricating them.

If for any reason the door does not work mechanically, then you need to call in the help of a professional garage door service person (such as one from A Premier Door Corporation). A service person can diagnose the problem that is causing the garage door to malfunction.


4 December 2015

Garage Renovation: Choosing a New Door

I liked everything about my newly-purchased home with the exception of the garage door. The old swing type door didn't work for me. It took too much time and effort to open, and the door was a little too heavy for some of the family members. That's when I decided to talk with a contractor. With his help, I chose a remote controlled rolling door. Once it was in place, it was easy to see how convenient this was for our family. There was no lifting and no getting out of the car in the rain to open the door. Since it came with a manual override mechanism when the power was out, it was perfect. If you are thinking about installing a new garage door, let's talk. I'll tell you what I learned along the way and why I chose an overhead door for my garage.