Garage Door Upkeep Tips for the Fall Season
At Price’s Guaranteed Doors, we’re proud to serve as your one-stop shop when it comes to residential and commercial garage doors. We offer a wide range of garage door service options, available 24/7 for any issues that may arise and cause problems with door operation, aesthetics or any other factor.
We’re also happy to offer our expertise on garage door care, particularly some habits that will keep your door in great shape and limit your need for emergency repairs of any kind. One important theme here is seasonal upkeep; seeing as we’re transitioning to fall currently, let’s take a look at several autumn garage door maintenance areas to consider each year.
For starters, the fall period before the coldest weather sets in is the best time of year to lubricate various components such as the rollers, tracks, hinges or even door latches. One simple way to test which of these might require lubrication: Simply run the garage door while standing inside the garage, listening for any odd sounds or shaking motions taking place.
You’ll often hear or even see the areas that are experiencing rough movement and could use some lubrication. Also consider lubricating items like torsion springs, bearings and pulleys.
To keep your garage door acting as a proper barrier between the interior and exterior of the home or building, it’s important to check on weather stripping for any damage or jams along the sides. Check the seals along the bottom of the garage door to ensure that cold air won’t be allowed in freely once winter hits, a situation that will raise your energy bill significantly.
If you notice jammed weather stripping, this can cause problems with door functionality. Usually a small adjustment will do, but there may be cases where you need to replace the weather stripping entirely – our team is happy to help here.
Springs and Rollers
First ensure you’ve disconnected the motor from a power source for safety, and then examine your rollers and springs for any damage. If there are worn-down parts, consider replacing them – but in most cases you’ll just have to clean or dust some dirty parts. If you find any rust, clean it with steel wool.
The drive track is the component that guides the door as it opens and closes, and it’s vital to keep the track clear and free of any debris or damage that could block it. This is another area you can easily check by just running the door and observing how it runs up and down the track.
Finally, test the batteries in your garage door opener clicker before winter shows up. If you haven’t replaced them in a while or there’s any issues with responsiveness, give them a quick upgrade.