If your garage door has been creating loud sounds, bouncing on its tracks, or sagging on one side while going up or down, don’t wait any longer to check what is going wrong with the garage door. Periodical inspection especially during winter garage door care regime to keep an eye on the basic garage door operations will increase the lifespan of the garage door and help you to avoid serious issues in the future.
Identifying faulty areas:
Conduct a detailed examination of the metal tracks inside the garage while keeping it closed. Inspect the supporting hardware along the length of each track, checking the loose screws, bolts, or nuts inside the mounting brackets particularly on the springs brackets. In the case of a roll-up sectional garage door, you can replace the damaged hinge and then tighten the loose screws. These garage doors have vertical tracks that need to be inspected once in a while to ensure they are aligned and secured to support the garage door.
In case, the hinges are loose, it means that the screw hole may become bigger or enlarged. You can fill the hole with fiber glue or replace the screw with a longer one which you can easily find at any reputed hardware store. You can use the filler or wood glue to fill the tiny cracks on the wood of hinges. If you find bigger breaks or cracks on the wood, it should be replaced with the new ones, re-attach the hinges and then realign the adjustment of tracks.
While inspecting the metal tracks, keep an eye on the dents and crimps on them. Slightly faulty areas can easily be straightened using a rubber mallet, plastic hammer, or a small block of wood to be placed on the dents. In case, the tracks are damaged badly or beyond the repair, they should be replaced with new ones. It is always better to take professional garage door services to replace the damaged tracks.
Cleaning of tracks:
The tracks attract dirt and dust which become hardened and cause operational issues. With the passage of time, the accumulated and hardened grease can the garage door movements harder. You can use a mild household cleaner to clean the rollers and tracks thoroughly. Avoid using harsh chemicals. Don’t leave them damp to air dry and use a scrap rag or clean towel to dry the components properly. If your garage door has created a decent or ascent sound, consider an application of silicone spray or light lubricant. Apply it to the rollers, tracks, and pulleys.
Garage door repair and alignment:
If the metal tracks of your garage door are loose or have been hit badly, your garage door will not open or close smoothly and quietly. To avoid these issues, make the necessary adjustment to rollers and tracks as soon as you notice the potential damages. The swings up garage door that have horizontal tracks to aid the garage door, should slightly slant down toward the back of the garage. You don’t need to completely remove the mounting brackets, just lose the screws and blots and then gently tap the tracks to their original position. Roll-up garage doors have vertical to horizontal tracks that need more attention to make sure that they are kept aligned and accurate.
Many garage door operational issues can easily be solved as a DIY project. Don’t hesitate to call a garage door specialist if you feel something serious. Regular garage door maintenance and care are important to ensure your garage door will function properly and has a long lifespan.