When you first notice your garage door acting up, the first logical thing to do is to call a professional for repairs. But before doing that, you could also do some “first aid” to make sure that your bill for the services provided would not be expensive and to properly convey what is the issue with your garage door. Perhaps you would only need to clean or lubricate some parts to have your garage door working again like its brand new.
If you have no idea where to begin, there are places you could start with to check and see the problems.
Inspect the Metal Tracks
Most types of garage doors have metal tracks to aid in opening and closing heavy metal doors, which is why it is also one of the parts that could easily get worn out and damaged. If your garage door is not functioning as to how it should, inspect the metal tracks if there is any blockage. Try to remove what is hindering the door from sliding smoothly on the tracks.
But, if the problem is a dent, it is advisable to call a professional for garage door residential repairs. Because if you try to repair the dent on your own, you might end up making it an even bigger dent. Check also if the tracks are aligned because if they are not parallel, the mechanism for your garage door would not run smoothly. You could try to align them if the difference is not that great. Perhaps a few bolts or screws only need to be readjusted. But if the variation is extensive, don’t try and fix it on your own.
Lubricate the Tracks and Rollers
It might be obvious and or simple but sometimes the simpler solutions are the most effective. Just a bit of cleaning and lubricating the tracks and rollers could help your issues with your garage doors. Before you lubricate, it is recommended that you clean the tracks and rollers first. Build-up of grime, dust and hardened lubricant could obstruct the rollers.
Once you are sure that the tracks are clean, lubricate it and the rollers. Make sure that you are using the recommended lubricant. Ensure as well that you are lubricating all the parts especially if there are components that are squeaking. Applying anti-rust or anti-corrosive on metal parts is also recommended.
Check for Loose Parts
As mentioned in the first item, loose bolts and screws could be the culprit for your malfunctioning garage door. Not only could this be a cause of problems, it could also be a cause of accidents. If screws are loose, someone might step on it or it could puncture your vehicle’s wheels. When you inspect the metal tracks and rollers be wary of loose bolts and screws and tighten them accordingly.
These are just some of the first aid tips and tricks you could do for simple issues. Nevertheless, you still have to put your safety first since garage doors are heavy and run on electricity so the possibility of injuries and electric shocks is likely.