The following is a list of preventative maintenance steps to save you and your family time and money, while avoiding accidents and frustration.
Seasonally lightly lubricate the rollers, chains, pins and tracks. Take this time to also inspect for anything that looks out of the ordinary, such as frayed cables, cracked or bent tracks, or anything that may look like it may be detaching from the wall.
Daily use of your garage door can cause parts to loosen or for corrosion or dirt to build up in the tracks. Make sure you check these tracks regularly and remove any parts or materials. If by chance you do find a bolt, screw, or other component, call a professional.
Not only does weather stripping help keep heat in during the winter and cool air in during the summer, but it also keeps out other debris and wild life that can cause sever damage to your property. Weather stripping is fairly inexpensive and easy to clean. (Also, make sure the weather stripping on your windows is also maintained).
Inspect the hinge pins to ensure that they are not rusty. If there is rust anywhere on your door, pins, or tracks, it is best that you contact a professional. Often the door service company can come out for a small fee to inspect the door, sand down any rusted parts and lubricate the frame. Doing this yourself may cause additional damage and unnecessary costs.
Having your remotes or keypads malfunction can be very frustrating. Change the batteries regularly to ensure that it does not stop working when you are stuck outside in the rain without keys. You should also wipe the remotes clean and remove any dirt, snow, or other debris that might get inside forcing you to purchase a whole new system.
Residential garage door springs should last anywhere between 5 to 10 years depending on how often it is used. The average home owner will open and shut their garage 3 to 5 times per day. Take that average and multiply it by 365 days, you will get a range of 1095- 1825 per year. Basic springs have a lifespan of 10,000 cycles. Therefore, if one spring breaks, it is best to replace both at the same time. This will often save you a significant amount of time, frustration and most importantly money.
As of 1993 all garage doors must be equipped with a safety mechanism that will make the garage door go back up if it comes in contact with something as it closes. You can make sure this is working correctly by placing something (not you, or your foot, or your child) in the path of the door, when the door hits the object, it should start reversing and go back up. This is a very important safety feature for households with children and animals, and should be checked regularly.