Regardless of the time of year, garage door safety is always important. In other words, you don’t necessarily want to wait until December to review your system and ensure that it is in good working order. However, this is a great time for an “end of the year” checklist.
As you move through your checklist, here are five questions to ask yourself?
1. Did you winterize your garage door? This means checking the weather stripping, cleaning the front of the door, and making sure that every potential “energy leak” has been sealed.
2. When was the last time the moving parts have been lubricated? If you don’t know the answer it is time for you to do something about this. You don’t have to lubricate your garage door every month, but doing so a couple times per year is a habit you should get into.
3. Is the reversing mechanism working as it should? This is one of the most important safety features of any garage door. If the sensor is not working, regardless of the reason, you need to stop using your door and have it replaced by an experienced service technician. Without a working reversing mechanism, you are taking a big safety risk.
4. Are any of the cables frayed? By visually inspecting your system you will be able to answer this question. A frayed cable is one that will need replaced sooner rather than later. Depending on the severity, it could last another day or another year. Just make sure you are aware that this is something to address in the near future.
5. Are there any worn out parts that could be replaced before the turn of the year? For example, worn out rollers are not only dangerous but these will make your door extremely loud during opening and closing.
When it comes to your end of the year garage door maintenance checklist, these are five of the most important questions to ask.
If you are not comfortable testing and servicing your own garage door, hire a professional to visit your home. You may find that your garage door is in perfect condition. You may also find that a few things could be fixed here and there.
When you give your garage door a once over at the end of the year, you can be confident that it is going to be in good condition throughout the winter and into the spring months.