Like any electronic appliance, residential garage doors do need to undergo a little maintenance from time to time. This maintenance will ensure that you avoid a later need for repairs or replacements which could end up being quite expensive, depending on the extent of the damage. So if you would like to avoid any unnecessary future expenses, here are some simple maintenance tips that will ensure you keep your system’s lifespan and condition at an acceptable level, so that there are no surprise failures to deal with later on.
About Your Opener
As the heart of your system, the motor is responsible for all of the heavy lifting and hard work. This means that it is constantly under immense pressure and is subject to wear and tear as a result. The many moving parts in your opener cause friction during its operation, meaning that it is inevitable that it will break down over time. Performing regular opener maintenance will assist your system by keeping it in acceptable health, pushing back the need for repairs and the severity of overall damaged caused by extensive use. So if you would like to save money on your motor, be sure to keep it properly maintained.
The Door itself
Sturdy, heavy and strong, most garage doors seem unbreakable. The keyword here is ‘seems’. Given enough time, they can be damaged by the weather, general decay and most commonly, small accidents. Many of these concerns are easily addressed with simple maintenance, a protective layer of paint or just a relative amount of care. Care which, if not taken, will have you in dire need of garage door repair.
The Smaller Parts
Many of the components in your system are all too easy to overlook, but each one is important, and can end up costing you money should they be ignored.
When it comes to tracks, bearings and trolleys, moving parts will eventually take their toll. So if you don’t want damage to spread, it is important to conduct regular lubrication maintenance on these parts.
Keep a close eye too on your springs and safety cable which are responsible for keeping your system safe to use and properly balanced. A single broken spring may still leave your system operable, but at the cost of further damaging it. For this reason it is crucial that you keep a close eye on the condition of these components, and conduct spring replacement as soon as it is needed.
This bit of advice will hopefully assist you in keeping a happier, healthier automated system, and will ensure that you need to perform replacements and repairs on a much less frequent basis, which will ultimately save you money in the long run.