Maintaining a garage door, like lawn care, is an essential part of home ownership. Just because your garage opens one morning doesn’t mean it will open when you get home from work. But with proper garage door maintenance at regular intervals, you can reduce those risks. Here are a few tips to keep your garage door working long into the future.
Common Garage Door Problems
Broken springs are a nearly unavoidable problem, but when cleverly designed, garage doors can minimize the other problems that can be caused when a spring breaks. Keep track of the last time you replaced your garage springs and coils, and always call a repair professional to get new springs installed—doing it yourself can be incredibly dangerous!
Cables and rollers both experience wear over time, but in both cases, it’s better to replace them before they fail entirely. Routinely looking at your garage door, or hiring a professional to look at it and make replacements, can prevent a more catastrophic failure.
Garage door pulleys and opening systems do a lot of work, so it is no wonder that your door itself will last longer than the mechanical portions. Most times, you can listen for signs of change in the way the door opener sounds. If it clicks, grinds, or sputters, you may need to replace the entire system.
Routine Maintenance Schedule for Garage Doors
There are many routine tests and actions you can take to make sure your door is working properly, and by checking yourself, you can save money on repairs. (However, if you do discover that something is wrong, we recommend getting a professional inspection.)
- Check the door’s balance – The balance of your garage door can be checked by manually lifting the door (when disconnected from the opener) halfway, and seeing whether or not it stays in place. Unbalanced doors will move from that middle position, meriting a professional look-see.
- Check the safety contact sensors – This test involves placing objects between the sensors that determine whether the door will reverse direction. A calibrated garage door will reverse directions in response to the test, so you can be confident your Honda Pilot won’t get scraped by a closing garage door.
- Clean and lubricate – Nearly all the parts of your garage door should be lubricated and cleaned. Check your manual and take some time to clean with an appropriate solvent before adding a high-quality lubricant.
- Tighten up the hardware – A yearly tightening of bolts and screws can remedy the constant vibrations caused by hundreds of level motions each year.
- Notice debris, dust, or build-up – Take a general look at your garage door each year, especially on the tracks of the garage door, for any built-up dirt or debris. Remove them as necessary, and if the door shows signs of rot or worn paint, do a touch-up so that the damage doesn’t extend further.
Stay Safe When Fixing Garage Doors!
Fixing a broken spring or garage door opener can be very dangerous. Torsion springs have an incredible amount of tension behind them, and losses of limbs and fingers are not entirely uncommon when amateurs change garage door springs. Know what you’re doing before climbing a ladder, or bite the bullet and hire a repairman. Otherwise, you may injure yourself or damage your car if it’s stuck inside the garage.
Once that garage of yours is right as rain, up the style factor by visiting one of our Honda dealerships in Arizona. We can hand you the keys to a bright Civic or spacious Odyssey, so your new garage door can do its number one job: keeping your car safe and secure. Contact a Honda Dealer location near you for a quote on a new or CPO Honda today.