If your garage doors are new or you’ve just moved into a new home, it’s important to determine what top performance looks like for your garage. Start by visually inspecting every facet of your garage doors. You’ll want to pay particular attention to any springs or mechanical elements.
- Are they rusty?
- What about cracks or signs of stress and wear and tear?
- What about cables? Are they frayed?
- How do the rubber seals, located at the base of your garage doors, look? Are they cracked? Do they look worn?
Give It a Feel
It may be difficult to determine whether moving parts are in good working condition without giving them a little touch test. Start with the rollers. Test each one by hand, ensuring they move without sticking. You don’t have to roll them all the way up or down, just manually make sure they have ease of movement. Are they secure in their tracks?
Give the doors themselves a gentle tug. They should have some give moving forward and back and side to side. The key word here is “gentle.” You’re checking for sticking or anything that seems out of the ordinary.
You probably open and close your garage door at least once a day, but you probably aren’t paying much attention to the process. After you’ve visually checked things out, use your opener to raise and lower the door a few times. You’re listening as much as you’re watching how things work. Are the doors making popping and screeching noises, groaning as they open? That may be a sign that it’s time to seek out a repair person for a quick look. Now is also a good time to check your garage door safety features. If you’ve got safety eyes so kids and pets aren’t injured by errant doors, kick beneath the door as you lower it. Does it stop as it’s supposed to?
While you’re thinking about it, now is also a great time to replace the batteries in your remote garage door openers.
By giving your garage doors a good check over once or twice a year, you can catch potential problems before they become actual problems. Maintaining your garage doors is simple and can save you money and time. For more information and garage door maintenance, contact IDC Garage Door today! They are your go-to experts for all things garage doors in Kennesaw, GA.