A new year brings with it new starts and exciting plans, January, however, is for many, a time of financial restraint due to the festive period. With this in mind, it is definitely worth checking the condition of your garage door to prevent unwanted expenses. By carrying out this maintenance you will not only highlight possible issues before they get worse but also help extend the life of your garage door.
Keep it balanced
Verifying the state of your garage door goes beyond checking if it opens and closes, other checks, such as making sure your door is balanced, should also be carried out. To test the balance of your door open it manually to about a metre off the ground. If it stays open your door is balanced, if it doesn’t then it may need to be checked by a professional. Fortunately, our engineers have hundreds of parts ready and waiting to fix faulty doors.
Test the electronics
Electric garage doors have an auto-reverse mode, this is a safety feature where the door opens if it senses an object in the process of closing. You can test the auto-reverse by placing an object of little value, such as a plank of wood, in the path of the door closing. When the garage door comes down and touches the piece of wood, it should then move back up again if the auto-reverse is in working order.
Stop the squeaking
Rollers, bearings and chains can get jammed through dust build-up and constant use, so we recommend cleaning and lubricating all the moving parts of your garage door when conducting maintenance checks. This will ensure all components move as intended with no hindrances. Regular checks and maintenance will increase the lifespan of your garage door.
The rubber weather-stripping around your door helps keep out the cold as well as dust, dirt and other substances. Over time this weatherstripping gets worn so its condition should be checked as it may need replacing. Finding your garage flooded or freezing cold can be a costly consequence due to worn weather-stripping. Fortunately, replacement stripping is inexpensive and can help reduce your heating costs too so it’s well worth checking.
New year, new door
If your garage door needs professional repairs or you are looking to upgrade your door or home security then get in touch with our team. We have over 30 years of experience in supplying and fitting garage doors and accessories.