You may not think about it every day, but your garage door is probably an integral part of your life. As the gateway from your home’s comfy interior to the outside world, the garage door goes up and down thousands of times a year, generally without complaint. But all that hard work does take its toll, and it’s likely your garage door is in need of some TLC if regular maintenance and troubleshooting isn’t already a part of your home care routine.
To many homeowners, a functional garage door is a given. You touch a few buttons on a key pad or press down on your remote and up or down it goes without a hitch or hesitation. It’s easy to take a garage door for granted so long as it’s working. But what if your garage door is making unusual sounds or noises when it opens or closes? What if it suddenly opens or closes more slowly than usual? What if it suddenly won’t open at all? That’s when you know you have a problem.
Before you call in the garage door professionals, there may be some things you can do yourself to get your garage door back in working order. It may help to think of your garage door as a giant machine made of many moving parts. Each part is necessary and integral to your garage door’s functioning; if one part is out of commission, it affects the whole operation.
It’s important to inspect each component of your garage door during both regular maintenance and troubleshooting. It’s also important to take great care to lubricate any of the moving parts: hinges, roller, springs, bearings, and plates. Use a light, silicone-based oil to lubricate your door’s parts every six months, but don’t use petroleum because it can prevent the door from sticking to the ground if it’s ever below freezing.