A few things you as a homeowner can do to insect your garage door and its hardware relating to is to inspect, about once or twice a year, in order to avoid sudden, and at times, costly issues that could have been avoided. If you have a wood garage door, check to see if there is any water damage, as well as chipped and peeling paint. Garage doors of steel may have rust spots that need to be sanded, primed and painted. Make sure you don’t ignore any cracks on any of the garage door panels and have a professional review it immediately.
An important step you can take is to simply observe your garage door in action every time it’s in use. Is it opening and closing smoothly or is it jerking as its moving? Are there grinding or scraping noises? Hardware, such as safety sensors, can move from usage, so don’t be alarmed. All you have to do is re-tighten them, and make sure they are seeing “eye-to-eye” – one showing solid green light while the other solid orange-ish light. Do both sides of the system (springs, pulleys and cables) look symmetrical?
Check your garage door balance by pulling the red cord, which will disconnect the door from the automatic garage door opener and allow you to open and close the garage door manually. Pull the garage door halfway up – it should stay open. If it doesn’t, your torsion springs may need an adjustment. A professional is best to call at this time.
Take a look at the rollers (in your garage door tracks) and make sure they are not cracked or chipped. If one is left cracked or chipped, this can be a sign of further damage to come. Often times they crack or even fall out, causing the garage door to go offtrack, which calls for professional repair. Lubricating these rollers, as well as the torsion spring and hinges between and on the garage door with garage door lubricating spray you can find at your local hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowes.
Remember, your garage door makes up about one-third of the exterior of your house, so keep it fresh and clean. If you don’t have time to do this kind of check-up, call a garage door professional to schedule a general garage door maintenance every 6 months to a year in order to avoid costly garage door surprises