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Posted by: admin on May 8, 2015
We’re all familiar with taking proactive steps to prolong the lifespan of our cars, our favorite gadgets, and when we go to the gym -- or just pass on that extra slice of pizza -- you might say that we’re thinking about prolonging the lifespan of ourselves, too! But have you given much thought to prolonging the lifespan of your garage door system?

In our experience, the answer to this question is usually “not really”; and that’s because most homeowners generally don’t think much about their garage door system until something goes wrong, and it may be necessary for major repairs or perhaps a full replacement. As you can imagine, the costs can add up. And since it’s an unexpected expense, it’s not a happy story, either.

 

Fortunately, here are 4 tips to help you prolong the lifespan of your garage door system. These tips will not only help you save money in the long run, but will help ensure your family’s safety, security and peace of mind.

 

  1. Make sure that you lubricate your garage door springs, rollers and hinges throughout the year — and especially right before winter starts. Many people use WD-40 for this purpose. However, we recommend a heavy duty silicone spray, as it will last longer and provide better protection. You can find a variety of suitable silicon sprays at your local hardware or home improvement store.

 

  1. Wash your garage door with a sponge, soap and clean water. You don’t have to do this very often – once a year is fine, especially in the spring. Don’t use a heavy detergent or abrasive product containing bleach. Ordinary dish soap is fine. Or better yet, use a cleanser that is environmentally-friendly so the run off won’t make its way into the sewers on your street. Also make sure that you fully rinse your garage door with clean water.

 

  1. Routinely check the balance on your garage door system. To do this, disengage the garage door opener by pulling the emergency cord. Next, raise or lower the door so that the bottom is two feet off the ground and then move completely out of the way. If the balance is fine, then the door won’t budge because of the springs. If the balance needs correcting, then the garage door will start to close on its own. BE CAREFUL, because if the door is really out of balance, then it may slam shut!

 

  1. Check your safety sensors by closing the door, and then breaking the beam. If the sensors are working correctly, then your garage door will immediately stop closing and start reversing. You should also check the automatic reverse function by holding both your hands out as your garage door is closing and applying some resistance. If everything is working fine, then the door should immediately stop and begin reversing.

 

Have Questions? Need Help? Give Us a Call!

 

If you have any questions about prolonging the life of your garage door — and especially if you experience any problems or concerns regarding balancing and safety features — then give us a call today.

 

Our experts will quickly conduct a thorough inspection of your entire garage door system, and take care of any preventative maintenance tasks right away, so that you’ll save money in the long-run, and improve your family’s safety and security.

 

Give us a call – we’re here to help!

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