As a homeowner who has a garage, you likely have at least one garage door that you use consistently. This fixture is a fairly straightforward home component that is meant to perform the simple task of opening and closing as needed, but because this is a moving home component, it does need a little maintenance attention from time to time–especially where lubrication is concerned. Before you grab a can spray lubricant and get started on lubricating the moving parts of your garage door, there are a few simple rules you should keep in mind to ensure you hit all the important parts of this chore.
The garage door is probably one of the largest movable parts in your home. It is made up of several movable components that help the door operate smoothly. Unfortunately, the garage door is also typically one of the most neglected areas of a home and many homeowners wait until they need repairs before considering doing something to extend the life of their garage door. When it comes to maintaining the look and function of your home, maintaining the garage door is just as important as maintaining the other features in your home.
The time you spend waiting for your garage door to open is time you'll never get back. When you perceive that your garage door is moving at a glacial pace, it makes sense to troubleshoot the problem and see if you can get any more speed out of your door. These ideas will give you a starting point for improving the pace of your door.
Check the Speed Setting
First things first: check your garage door's speed settings.
If you have a garage, it is important to make sure that you are always on the lookout for signs that may tell you that there is a need for a repair. The sooner the problems are spotted, the sooner they can be repaired, and the sooner you can get back to having a well-functioning garage door. If you wait too long, you might find that the small problems will become much larger problems that will require more work or the possible replacement of the door.
Your automatic garage door makes your life easier, but only when it's working properly. Mistakes that lead to a breakdown can make the door impossible to open automatically and difficult to open manually. Fortunately, knowing about the mistakes can be key to avoiding them.
#1: Ignoring basic track maintenance
The tracks are the main conduit for a smoothly operating garage door, so it is vital that they are properly maintained. The good news is that this is relatively easy to do on your own.