Summer in Ottawa is one of the most awaited times of the year.
The kids’ schools are out, you get to go out to picnics, and have more time for fun and leisure.
But the hot summer weather may also cause some trouble for your garage door.
While summer is for loosening up and going on vacations, it’s also the best time to check if your garage door is in good condition.
To prevent coming across issues regarding your garage door during the heat of summer, here are a few maintenance tips you should observe.
Keep your garage door clean
Perhaps an essential thing in maintaining a garage door is keeping it clean.
Since the garage door’s exterior part is often exposed to dirt and other elements, it’s more prone to being filthy and dirty.
Hose off and scrub the exterior of the garage door with soap and water.
You can also do this to the interior part of the door since grease also builds up.
If your garage door’s primary material is made up of wood, you should apply a fresh coat of paint and sealant during summer.
As for steel doors, you can prevent it from rusting by sanding down and painting the surface with a zinc primer.
Lubricate gears and other moving parts
Tracks, rollers, hinges, pullets, screws, chains, and other moving parts of your garage door should be maintained appropriately.
Their frequent exposure to harsh elements and changing temperatures may break down the lubrication.
However, when you lubricate these parts, make sure you use oil appropriate for garage doors, not the WD-40.
As for exterior weatherstripping, it’s ideal to use a silicone-based lubricant.
You should also take note of how much lubricant you should be applying. Too much oil can attract dirt.
Examine the overall condition of your garage door
Inspecting your garage door is the easiest way to determine whether your garage door is still in perfect shape or needs some repairs.
Look for worn or frayed cables, hinges, ball-bearings, and supports.
If you found any, it’s practical that you call for a professional technician to fix it.
You can also test out if your garage door can balance.
If it is not balanced, you should replace it as soon as possible to avoid accidents and higher repair bills.
Replace the insulation in your door
You will appreciate a well-insulated garage door during scorching and frigid, icy weather.
During the summer, a garage door with proper insulation prevents heat from transferring into the inside of your home.
When looking for a replacement, it is highly recommended that you choose a garage door that has polystyrene insulation.
It effectively blocks the summer heat from penetrating the garage door and into your home.
Polystyrene insulation can also resist moisture, which can cause mold on the surfaces.
It’s an excellent choice if you are considering comfort and energy efficiency.
Inspect the garage windows
You may often disregard the garage windows, but make sure you check for possible cracks or signs of damage.
You should also look for chipped or peeled paint on window frames.
If you found any of these on your garage door windows, it’s crucial you immediately fix these, especially during the summer.
Windows can provide ventilation into your garage, and during cold weather, it can prevent harsh elements such as strong typhoons and snow from getting inside your garage.
Check if the autoreverse feature is working properly
The autoreverse feature also functions as a safety feature since it will reverse direction when it detects some obstruction.
To ensure the safety of kids and pets, you can test the autoreverse feature by placing a brick or wood below the door.
If the garage door does not stop and reverses direction, call your garage door technician for repair.
Contact professional garage door technicians
Proper maintenance and care for your garage door can save you from all the hassle and trouble.
It can also keep you from paying repair and installment bills.
However, if you still followed the steps above and yet your garage door is not working properly, you should contact a professional to run a diagnostics test on your garage door.
Experts can determine the degree of repair your garage door needs.
They can also suggest if you should replace your garage door.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ
How do I fix a garage door the keeps reopening?
A garage door is programmed to travel a certain distance before it closes. If it closes before that distance has been traveled, it thinks something is wrong — and it reopens to help prevent any damage or safety risk. In cases such as this, most likely your garage door settings simply need to be adjusted.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
How do you fix a stuck open garage door?
First, check the track for obstructions. The area around the tracks needs to be completely clear. Second, check the remote; it could be a simple battery issue. If you still face an issue, manually unlock and gently try to close the door. If you still can’t find the problem, try giving us a call.
Can I manually open my garage door?
If your garage door does not open smoothly after pulling the releasing the cord, this could mean the door is off of its track, or the springs are broken. In either case, you should avoid trying to force the door open; doing so will only cause more damage.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous.