The basics of garage door maintenance
Let’s face it: garage door maintenance is not on most people's regular to do list. As an expert in automatic garage doors Sydney supplies and installation, I see this all the time. But there are a few simple things you should do every 12 months or so to keep the door in good working condition.
- Give all rollers, hinges, roller tracks, hinges, and latches a good squirt with a penetrating solvent like WD-40 or a citrus-based solvent. Lubricate the pulleys on extension-spring openers and the bearings on torsion-spring openers. Wipe a little oil on the torsion-spring if it is rusty and binds up.
- Wipe everything clean, then apply a light oil, such as a 3-in-1 lubricant, to the same parts.
- If any rollers or hinges seem stuck, try to soak them in some kerosene. Use a small brush (an old toothbrush works great) to work the kerosene into the cracks. Remove any rust with steel wool. Wipe all parts clean, then apply lubricant.
- Garage door maintenance is often needed on the door opener. If your garage door opener is operated by a chain or drive screw, apply the same lubricant to the full length.
- Check any weather-stripping along the sides of the doors. Adjust if it is jamming against the sides, and replace if necessary.
- If your garage door is wood and it doesn't have bottom weather-stripping, make sure it has been sealed or painted. Touch up as needed, and consider adding weather-stripping.
Make garage door maintenance an annual project to help your door remain in good order.
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