Durham Garage Door: Maintenance Checks are Important
Proper maintenance checks of your Durham garage door and its components can go a long way in preventing major problems down the road. Though the maintenance checks require a lot of time and effort, they’re fairly easy to do. Establishing a routine that to consistently check for problems is usually the more difficult part. Below you’ll find the components of garage doors that need maintenance checks more frequently. Once you’ve detected a problem, it’s a good idea to call Durham garage door company Hanson Overhead for repairs!
•Rollers and Tracks – The rollers and the tracks of the garage door are vital to precise function and must be avidly maintained. The rollers, which are located in the tracks on the sides of the garage door running vertically and parallel to each other, must be oiled often. Any silicone-based lubricant is recommended for the rollers, but it’s important that you don’t use too much. For the tracks, a visual inspection is sufficient. The tracks must be straight with no bends and no stones or debris should be clogging the track.
•Torsion Springs – The total installation of garage doors depend on the two torsion springs. The springs are the most essential part of garage doors. The torsion spring provides the main force for lifting and lowering the garage door. It also contains a large amount of potential energy; being coiled tightly and held in that position. A general inspection is all that is recommended for the average homeowner to do; if the garage door is tilted or crooked it’s possible one or both of the torsion springs may be broken. Do not attempt to adjust or replace these springs as an improperly done job could result in very serious injury. Call a professional garage door technician for an inspection.
•Hinges – After the torsion springs, maintaining the hinges sounds like no problem at all. It is in fact quite simple. Hinges as garage door parts work just as any other hinges do by allowing a construction to bend to an angle. However, in a garage door with multiple panels, there may be a dozen or more hinges. Just make sure to give them a quick inspection every six months or so to see whether they are coming loose or are in working order. About once a year or more as needed spray some WD-40 on them or apply the lubricant of your choice. It is important not to overlook them however because a broken hinge can add undue pressure to your system and cause more serious problems.