Garage doors are crucially important components of properties. Smooth and trouble free functioning of garage doors is essential for undisrupted daily routine. There are a few ways in which property owners need to care for garage doors in order to ensure they work properly and without making much noise. Attending to little faults at the early stage is very essential to avoid expensive repairs in the long run.
Noisy garage doors can cause a big nuisance to people. When the door opens and closes without any problems, it is rather very simple to reduce the racket. When the nuts on the door and track become loose, it is easy to tighten them with the help of a socket wrench or adjustable wrench. However, guard yourself against over tightening.
Old metal rollers generally make much noise while they run up and down the metal track. When you feel this is the prime cause for the noise or when you see them worn down, you need to replace them with new ones. A standard five section garage door will need about a dozen rollers. It is advisable to go for nylon rollers since they are almost noiseless, do not need lubrication and work smoothly. However, you will have to pay almost double the price of metal rollers. Standard type rollers feature two inch rollers and four inch stem. However, it is better you measure the size of your rollers before procuring new ones. While replacing the rollers, you need to change one at a time. You will need roughly an hour to change the rollers completely.
While replacing rollers, you need to take a few precautions. Garage doors make use of two kinds of spring mechanisms while lifting and lowering. You will see extension springs above the upper tracks on either side. On the other hand, torsion springs are found attached to the header above the closed door. If your garage door has torsion springs, then it is advisable you do not attempt to replace the rollers in the bottom bracket. Since these springs are under heavy tension, you might invite serious injuries while tampering with the bottom bracket. You need to entrust the job to professionals.
Over a period of usage, the hole in the hinges that accommodate the roller stem get worn out. You need to inspect each of the hinges and replace those hinges whose holes are more oblong than round.
Garage door tracks come in different lengths and few widths in order to suit doors of different sizes. A typical garage door track features two or three parts on each side of the door. There is a vertical track running up straight from the floor attaching itself to the curved track that shifts the door from its vertical to the horizontal conduit. In other types, the curved section is integrated with the horizontal section.
Often the garage door tracks get clogged with dirt and debris. In some places, the road salt corrodes the metal. Rollers running up and down are prone to wear and tear. Once you get the right size rollers, it is pretty easy to change the old ones.
Faulty springs can disrupt the smooth functioning of garage doors. Cables on the garage doors can get weaker or break over usage. If you sense this, it is time to replace the rollers. Periodical inspection to attend to the parts of garage doors will avoid serious problems.
If something bumps into them, garage door springs can be damaged. Collision will also cause the newer thinner track to invite dents. If you happen to notice this, it is better you replace the track.
In this way, some simple faults can be attended by the property owner, while some challenging faults need professional assistance.