Is Your Garage Ready for Summer?

Summer is almost here, and one of the things a homeowner does not want is for the garage door to fail during the throes of blistering heat. So, we are recommending all of our customers get their garage ready for summer with a few simple but essential tasks.

Clean it up!

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Since many people have a garage which faces the street and represents a large portion of what people see from the curb, a clean garage can give your whole house a brighter look. This would be a fabulous weekend to wash your garage door--but don’t pressure wash it! If you have a metal door, you can use a little car washing soap or mild dishwashing detergent, a car wash sponge, and a lot of elbow grease. Please don’t use anything abrasive, Do both the outside and the inside of the door. Pay particular attention to problem areas such as the weatherstripping around the sides and top of the door — dry everything with a soft cloth.

If you have a wood door, follow the manufacturer's directions. If you don’t, it could void the warranty on the door, and you don’t want that.


Safety tests and lubrication

Once the door is clean, perform the periodic safety tests. We have covered those in a previous blog and will post a link at the bottom. The same blog explains how to oil the moving parts: which parts you should and should not lubricate. This would be an excellent time to lubricate everything.

Take a moment to check for things around the parts of the garage door and opener which could potentially fall or get knocked over and damage the door. If anything looks too close, take a moment and move it out of the way. It’s better to err on the side of caution.

Check for wear

As you go through the safety tests and lubrication, keep a sharp eye out for signs of wear, including the cables, pulleys, rollers, and hinges. Listen as the door opens and closes for any unusual sounds, odd jerking or pausing.  Examine the weatherstripping and replace any worn or damaged pieces. Not only will it protect the garage from dirt and bugs, but it will also help keep the heat out.

Get repairs performed

If you notice anything which needs to be repaired or want us to perform a repair, give us a call. We can also do an inspection and maintenance check on your garage door. By having those maintenance and repairs done before summer, you can prevent an operating problem during the hottest part of the year and save time and aggravation.

The following safety tests should be performed:

Force Setting

While the garage door is in the process of going down, try to ‘catch it’ with your hands. If it doesn’t immediately go back up, the force setting might be too high.

Reverse setting

Reverse setting is the setting which makes the garage door fly back up when you shut it because you left the broom on the ground beneath the door or because the family cat walked beneath it.  The reverse feature works in two ways. The first, is by sensing something there which shouldn’t be, such as the broom on the ground. The second is by infrared sensors (two) which are placed about six inches from the bottom of the door. Those are what sense the cat when he walks beneath the closing door.

Some people use a roll of paper towels beneath the door for the reverse setting test. If the cardboard tube bends, the reverse setting needs adjustment.

Oil the moving parts

While we say ‘oil’, what we actually mean is ‘lubricate’, using a lithium or silicone based spray. Start with the door closed and the automatic opener motor is disconnected.

Lubricate hinges

  • As you open the door, lubricate each hinge* at the bend in the track as you manually raise the door. Don’t forget all the places that move:  pivot points, stems, locks, and nubs, and the armbar. Then lubricate the rollers if they’re metal, and any ball bearings you can see.

Note: Plastic ball bearings require frequent replacement but not a lubricant.

  • Lubricate the ball bearings of the pulleys

  • Do not grease the chain, but do grease the top of the rail.

  • Do not grease the track. Sealed pulleys and bearings require no grease, either. You can clean the chain and the track with WD 40 (remembering it isn’t a lubricant, it’s a cleaner.)

These little lubricating chores should be done twice a year. Test the force and reverse settings every other month.  If the door fails the tests, or if it performs oddly, screeches oddly in spite of lubrication, seems to pause or stop-and-starts, give us a call.


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