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Tips for Maintaining Your Home's Garage Door by Cleo Gib

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Tips for Maintaining Your Home's Garage Door

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A garage is a great feature of any house. Not only does it provide shelter for our cars, but added storage and workspace too. But, it is not very useful if the garage door is not working. A broken garage door can be very frustrating, especially in the morning when you're rushing to get to work or when you just want to pull your car in the garage at the end of a long, hard day. Without a working springs and pulleys, a garage door is almost impossible to open.That is why regular maintenance on your Lexington garage door is so important if you don't want to be at the mercy of the garage door.

Visual Inspections

Regular visual inspections can spot problems before they turn into disasters. By consistently checking the different parts of your garage doors on a regular basis, you'll be able to spot minor issues at an early stage. Many times small problems can easily be repaired without requiring full door replacement.

Garage Door Panels

But, what are the different parts of the door that you need to inspect? The garage door itself is usually made up of four panels stacked on each other and joined with hinges. The panels should be parallel to the ground and look crooked or wavy. The hinges should move easily and not show signs of rust or pulling away the panels. On each side of the door are rollers that run on tracks. Like the hinges, the rollers should spin freely and move easily on the track. The track should run continuously, with no gaps between sections and no bends where the wheels can lose contact. If the door is installed properly, the wheels and hinges may just need regular oiling to keep them from malfunctioning.

Springs and Pulley/Cable Inspections

The two parts of the garage door that bear the brunt of the work are the springs and the pulley/cable system. Because these parts endure a lot of wear and tear they are the parts that can break down sooner rather than later and cause major problems. Along the side by the wheels are cables that run through the pulleys. A long bar attaches the pulleys to the spring. The spring consists of coiled tension to help the pulleys retract the cables and open the door. Cables attached to the bottom of the door run through pulleys that help open and close the door. If the cables rub against the track or other metal, over time they can begin to fray and eventually break. Or, the pulleys can rust and lock up, preventing the cable from moving the door. The biggest problem is the constant buildup and release of tension in the spring. The constant winding of a dry spring can break it, preventing it from winding the pulleys and opening and closing the door.

Garage Door Opener

Although your garage door opener is not part of the actual door, it needs regular inspection as well. As the door opens or closes, pay attention to how it sounds. Listen close for stutters in the movement or if it sounds like it is working harder than normal. Ever so often, watch the drive mechanism move the door and make sure it moves smooth and easy. Inspect the points where the carrier attaches to the door and make sure they are tight. Also, check the bolts on the point where the track is fastened to the wall above the door.

Like most household systems, homeowners can prevent costly repairs be paying attention to the daily operation of their Lexington garage door. Making minor repairs and performing simple maintenance can keep costs at bay and keep your garage door looking beautiful for years to come.

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