You probably wouldn’t keep driving your car day after day if the engine light was flashing. Nor would you continue eating food from a refrigerator with no power. Your garage door is a large, moving part that deserves to be looked after—especially because it can affect the safety of your loved ones.

Here are 10 things you can do to ensure your garage door operates optimally (and for a long time):

Listen and look

The first (and most important) step you should make is keeping your eyes and ears open every time you use your garage door. Make note of any odd noises, such as grinding or scraping, and watch to see if your door moves smoothly or jerks in place.

Tighten up the hardware

Using a socket wrench, carefully check all of the connecting nuts and bolts, making sure not to over-tighten and cause breakage. A trusted Creative Door professional can help you with this and all your other maintenance services.

Check and clear the tracks

Inspect tracks on either side of the door for debris, then wipe down the tracks and thoroughly dry to prevent dust from collecting.

Lubricate all moving parts

Using white lithium grease, or a silicone spray, evenly coat the rollers, hinges, and springs, making sure to wipe away any excess lubricant. Doing this regularly will enhance the performance of your door and add years to the life of your system.

Check the seals

With the garage door closed, stand inside and look for gaps between the door's rubber seals and the floor of your garage. If you notice any light peeking through, the seal may be broken. A Creative Door service expert can help you determine what to do next.

Replace the weatherstripping

If the rubber weather seal strip on the bottom of your door is cracked or breaking off, replace it immediately. You can pick up weatherstripping and other garage parts at most Creative Door locations. All you need to do is cut it to the size needed, then insert it in the grooves with the wide angle of a flange inside the garage door.

Check the cables

Because of safety risks, we recommend cables be examined for broken strands and damage by a professional, as any defects will require immediate repair. Fiddling around with the cables that lift your door can seriously injure you (or worse).

Inspect the rollers

Inspect the rollers twice a year for tears, chips, or cracks. If in need of replacement, you can either remove and reinstall roller brackets not directly attached to the cable system, or call the professionals at Creative Door to take care of it for you. Replace rollers every seven years.

Make sure the door is balanced

After you disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle, manually move the door about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay put, repair is required by a professional. Creative Door can adjust your garage door spring so it’s operating safely and efficiently again.

Test the auto-reverse safety features

Your garage door has two mechanisms: mechanical and photoelectric. To test the mechanical mechanism, place a brick or piece of wood on the ground in the path of your garage door. When the door comes down and touches the object, it should reverse direction and go back up again. Test the photoelectric mechanism, close your garage door, and an object in the door’s pathway. Your door should reverse. If either of these tests fail, call Creative Door to discuss your options.


Keep your garage door clean

First, check your door for chips, rust spots, and/or water damage. Make sure to wash your garage door regularly with clean water and a soft brush or cloth. Wash your door more often if you live in a salt-air climate.

Regular maintenance is key to extending the life of your garage door. Schedule a preventative maintenance service with one of our certified technicians today.

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