As a homeowner, you naturally pay close attention to your home. Property is an investment afterall — you want to take care of it in order to get the most value from it. A garage door is no different. It’s a highly complex mechanical device that you use several times a day, virtually a thousand times a year. Ensuring it’s working in top condition not only lowers your overall cost for repairs but ensures your door is in top working condition. It’s a great way to get the most value for your garage door.
That’s why we always recommend regular garage door inspections just to ensure everything is in fine working order. And sure, it’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your door at least once per year. This way, you can take a proactive approach to repair and not be stuck with a garage door that suddenly doesn’t function early in the morning when you’re on your way to work.
Look at the Door Panels
You should take a close look at the panels of your garage door. Does the door move without resistance? Is the door free of obstacles? Does it hang in an open position easily?
Listen to Your Garage Door
Run your garage door and take a close listen. Is it noisy? Does it seem to stick in any particular location? Does it run up and down smoothly?
If your door is noisy, you might consider taking an approved garage door lubricant to all moving parts. Avoid using WD40 as this can cause the parts of your garage door to prematurely rust. You should also take a lug wrench and tighten down any loose bolts. This can help to quiet the rattle.
Pay Attention to Your Garage Door Opener
How’s your garage door opener working? Does it struggle in any particular spot? Does the motor seem to be functioning well? Does the wall switch and the opener respond to command?
Motors will occasionally burn out and need replacing. If there’s a whirring sound but the opener isn’t doing anything, this is a sign of a burned out motor. You can purchase a new motor that corresponds to the model of your garage door opener and replace it. We’d also be happy to come out and take a look.