The garage door is usually the largest moving part of your home or business and it requires routine maintenance just like any other appliance. You could do monthly routine maintenance checks yourself, but the fall is a good time to get the experts out to ensure that your door is winter-ready. Although Dallas is known for its mild winters, temperatures can drop below freezing level at night and cause problems with the garage door when you need to leave the house in the morning.
It is imperative to have your garage door checked at least once a year by a garage door specialist. There are several Dallas garage door repair companies that are certified and have experts who know how to perform the maintenance check and will ensure all the required safety features are in place. If you are worried about the costs involved, ask your repair specialist to give you a price quote.
Automated Door Mechanism
In the colder winter days in Dallas, an automated garage door can be very convenient, which is why you need to ensure that the mechanism works correctly and that all the parts are in top shape. Icy weather can put extra strain on the mechanism and cause it to act up, usually at a time when you don’t want to be outside in the cold.
Although not absolutely essential, weather seals can help to save energy during the winter months and keep moisture out of your garage. Weather seals can also act as an extra security measure. It is possible to install these yourself if you have the know-how, but every door is designed differently, which is why it is a good idea to get some extra advice on effective installation.
Leaves and grime can get into your garage door’s tracks, preventing it from functioning optimally. This can be worsened by winter conditions, which is usually when you want the garage door to close quickly and smoothly. It is necessary to check the garage door tracks monthly and keep them clean. Never spray lubricant in the tracks, as this will just encourage even more dust and grime to collect.
If your garage door has been neglected for quite a while, more than a routine cleaning and maintenance may be required. A specialist will be able to identify all the issues and should give you a price quote with a list of parts that need to be replaced and the estimated labor costs. Examples of parts that need to be replaced occasionally include the rollers, drums, springs, hinges, struts, garage door openers and cables. Fixing smaller issues in time will prevent you from having to replace the whole door.
At times, your garage door sensors may get knocked out of alignment. An easy way to identify this issue is to determine whether their lights are blinking or not. Blinking lights usually indicate that they are not aligned correctly and need to be realigned. If the alignment is way out, the door will not open correctly.