Fixing things in your home that don’t have moving parts is pretty simple, but if you tackle something that moves, like your garage door, you might find yourself a little more challenged. If it’s the wheels, the springs, the opener or the door itself, they all play a part in the door’s work as it travels up and down. There are certainly more pieces that can struggle to hang a picture on the wall or re-tack a piece of carpeting on a complex device like this and garage door repairs can be tricky if you do not know what you’re doing. Still, you’ll be able to do some simple repairs yourself to save the money you’d have to pay a repairman for. Visit us on Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Work.
A garage door is not a piece of equipment you can disregard. To keep it functioning properly it needs tender loving care. You need to inspect every portion of the door occasionally. Are all tight screws? Are the tracks clear or rubbish-filled? There are loose wires in there? Sensor lights are all shiny? A fast over will tell you what you’ve got to know. After you have identified possible problems, most of the items you have noticed can be fixed fairly easily.
You need to grease all of the moving parts at the door once a year. Lubrication will not only keep the door running smoothly, but an oil coating will protect exposed parts against rust. You want to use the oil to reach high quality. Squeeze drops on to the parts you want to protect, and then wait for the oil to penetrate for half an hour. Finally you can use a clean rag to wipe off the excess oil.
A torsion spring is one of a garage door’s key mechanical parts, and will need to be replaced every 4 to 7 years. It is a spring that is normally located near a wall, above the door. There’s no chance that if a spring torsion splits, you’ll know it. For most people, a task for a specialist is to remove this sort of spring which is filled with a large amount of pressure. It’s the sort of repair that the average homeowner shouldn’t tackle given the potential for injury.
The automatic opener is another part of your door that you probably won’t want to try to fix by yourself. If you choose to troubleshoot this piece of equipment, make sure you turn off the battery before doing anything else.