Maintaining the balance of your garage door is essential to ensure that it operates smoothly and safely. A balanced garage door will also prolong the life of the door and its opener. Here are some tips on how to maintain the balance of your garage door.
First, check the balance of your garage door by disconnecting the opener and manually lifting the door halfway. If the door stays in place, it is balanced. If it starts to close or open on its own, it is unbalanced and needs to be adjusted.
Next, check the tension of the springs. Garage door springs are responsible for lifting the door and keeping it balanced. If the springs are loose or worn, they will not be able to support the weight of the door properly, causing it to be unbalanced. To check the tension of the springs, you can either use a tension gauge or simply lift the door manually. If the door is hard to lift or falls quickly when released, the springs may need to be adjusted or replaced.
Another important factor in maintaining the balance of your garage door is the tracks. Make sure that the tracks are clean and free of debris. A build-up of dirt and grime can cause the door to become unbalanced and difficult to open and close. Clean the tracks with a mild detergent and a soft brush to remove any buildup.
Regular maintenance is also key to maintaining the balance of your garage door. This includes lubricating the moving parts of the door with a silicone-based lubricant, checking the weather stripping, and tightening loose bolts or screws.
It’s important to note that if you’re experiencing any problems with your garage door’s balance, it’s best to call a professional for assistance. Tampering with the door or opener can be dangerous and may cause further damage.
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