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Top Tips for Maintaining your Garage Door

At Garage Door Rescue, we receive hundreds of call-outs for garage doors that have been poorly maintained and miss treated. The last thing you need is to pay for a garage door replacement because a few simple maintenance tips have been overlooked. On average, your garage door is used over 100 times per month, and to keep it running smoothly there are a few things you can do to keep it in great shape. Below are some top tips from our expert garage door engineers that will help you keep your garage door in tip-top condition.

Carry out regular inspections

It is essential that all areas of your garage door are regularly checked for wear and tear to avoid any serious damage. Problems begin to arise within the moving parts so inspecting your rollers, cables, springs, brackets, and bolts are important. You will notice if there are any problems as the garage door may open in a jumpy or grinding manner, and can start to make scraping noises. Some of our roller shutter door repairs and general garage door repairs come from jamming of parts caused by a loose or poorly maintained part that has made the garage door asymmetrical. By regularly checking for loose brackets and bolts that need tightening, you can avoid the headache of needing your garage door taken off and replaced.

Test the moving parts

Because your garage doors are so frequently used, it’s always a good idea to check that each moving part is performing its job properly. On occasion, some parts can become jammed or improperly balanced, leaving other parts to pick up the slack and break under the pressure.

To test that your garage door is properly balanced, you can disconnect the opener (usually by pulling up the release handle), and manually open your garage door about half way. This is where it should nicely balance with the help of your counterweight system. If this isn’t the case and your garage door opens or closes, then your counterweight spring system will need adjusting. Rebalancing your garage door can be tricky, and is best left to professionals. If you think your counterweight system needs adjusting, call us now and we can be there today to fix it.

Lubricate the moving parts

Garage doors can become stiff over time, especially through wet and windy periods. Keeping the main mechanisms greased will keep them working smoothly for years to come. This should take no more than 10 minutes and can be done every few months or sooner if you spot something when carrying out your regular inspections.

Using an aerosol spray lubricant, thoroughly apply some to your garage door side runners/tracks, the doors spring mechanism, and all other moving hinges and brackets. This is especially important for an up and over garage door. After lubricating all moving parts of your garage door, test that it is operating smoothly and revisit this check every few months, especially after prolonged periods of poor weather.

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If you are looking for garage door repairs, garage door serving, or more information on maintaining your garage door – call us today on 01793 393503. Our experienced garage door engineers have seen it all and can be there to carry out all garage door repairs in Swindon, Gloucester, and Cheltenham – quickly and professionally.

As a family business that has been around since 1987, our fixed price garage door repairs are available for all homeowners and businesses. For just £34.99 + VAT we can be there to fix your garage door today, and you’ll receive a complete quote before any work is carried out – so there are no hidden costs!