A garage door is one of the most used doors all year round. As the main entrance inside the garage and the only way of access for your vehicles, the garage door is opened and closed multiple times every week. The constant usage causes, in time, a series of minor break-downs which affect the proper functionality of garage door. From the annoying creaking of the opener’s screw to the broken window, the garage door malfunctions affect your everyday life. But most of the minor issues can be fixed with a minimum time investment and basic garage door repair do it yourself skills.
The squeaking is, most often, caused by aged extension springs or by the opener’s screw (or chain). The annoying sound signals the fact that one of these parts is corroded and partially lost its flexibility. The good news is that you can easily address the sound by lubricating the springs or the screws. Spray-on grease is available at the DIY stores and it is easy to use. Regular lubrication will prevent corrosion and will prologue the part’s life. If, while you grease the mobile parts, you see a broken garage door spring or you notice significant damage in the spring, call a specialized garage door repair company in Bergen County to replace it for more convenience.
- Replacing windows
Replacing a broken garage door window is an easy DIY garage door repair. You need to carefully measure the window and purchase a replacement, remove the old window, clean the frame of any residues from the old window and apply a glazing compound. Place the window on the frame, press gently, but firm and constantly. Leave it to dry for a couple of days and paint it to fit the garage door. The entire process should last between 1 to 2 hours.
- Replace weather seal
An often overlooked part of the garage door, the weather seal needs to be replaced periodically in order to ensure a proper insulation. In order to replace it, remove the old seal and fasten the new seal with 1 inch galvanized nails at a distance of 3-4 inch. The weather seal is generally subjected to wear and tear, so keeping an eye on it saves you from a lot of problems.
- Clean the track
A clean track is necessary for the garage door to function properly. Inspect the track regularly and remove dirt, debris, unscrewed screws or any other item which blocks the tracks. Then grease them so that the garage door glides smoothly each time it is opened or closed.
- Tighten the hardware
Regardless of the type or the material in which they are made, garage doors are heavy and they put a lot of pressure on the hardware when being opened/closed. The nuts and bolts loosen in time and can get totally unscrewed, causing accidents. To prevent that, inspect the hardware periodically and tighten any nuts, bolts and screws that seem loose. It takes less than a half an hour and helps you have a better understanding of the way the garage door functions. This is good information for the next DIY garage door repair.
These small tweaks and minor repairs keep the garage door in good condition for a long period of time. For major repairs call us! As the best garage door repair company in Bergen County we have the training and tools necessary to take the best care of your garage door.