Children have gone back to school, the leaves are changing colors, football season started, and the temperatures have begun to drop. These are signs that fall is finally here, and as such, we have to be prepared for what the new season has to offer us. Something you want to do is keep your garage door in functioning condition as the weather cools down before you get caught up in all of the activities of fall. Find out what garage door maintenance procedures you should perform to keep it in top shape for the fall.
Clear the Tracks
Part of garage door maintenance is to check your tracks and see if there is any debris. If you want, you can check the plumb by using a level. Minor fixes can be done on your own. However, if you see any major adjustments that have to be done to your tracks, get professional help for the job.
Test All of Your Auto-Reverse Safety Features
There are two types of mechanisms you need to test: photocell and mechanical. To test any photocell features, close your garage door. Afterward, put your leg along the door’s path. If your door is working, it will reverse without a problem. If your door doesn’t respond, it may need to be repaired.
Testing the mechanical features of your garage door is a simple procedure. Just put a piece of wood on the ground to obstruct the path of your door. If your door is working, it will go into reverse the moment it comes into contact with the wood. Doors that don’t respond should be fixed.
Not all garage doors have safety features, either. If your garage door opener is over 20 years old, it might not have all of the modern safety features you need. If this is the case for you, you might want to consider getting a new garage door opener.
Look at your Cables
An important part of garage door maintenance is taking a look at your cables. Don’t ever mess with high-tension cables that lift the door itself because they can get you seriously hurt or even killed. However, that doesn’t mean all garage door maintenance needs to be done by a pro. You can still check the condition of the cables by yourself and see when you need to get professional help. You’ll know to call a pro if you see broken strands and damage around the bottom roller bracket.
Let First Choice Garage Doors Find The Right Door For You
Since 2004, First Choice Garage Doors has been providing quality service in Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We offer services like garage door installation and replacement, as well as maintenance and repair. We specialize in the repair and maintenance of garage doors and their accessories. Here at First Choice Garage Doors, we work with top manufacturers in the industry, including Amar Entrematic, Clopay, Wayne Dalton, and Artisan.