The automatic garage door system on your home can last for many years when you take good care of it. Small issues should be addressed as soon as possible in order to keep your system in good working order. Problems with debris in your tracks, loose brackets, and tension springs that need to be adjusted can lead to bigger problems when you don't take the time to deal with the problem. While you can do some of the work on your own, never touch your tension springs and try to adjust them yourself. It's not safe to touch your tension springs, as they can snap and cause you serious harm.
Keeping Your Tracks Clean
One of the easiest ways to help your garage door system work efficiently is to keep the tracks clean. Dirt and debris from the outside can get into the wheels of your garage door and end up deposited in your track system. Take a look at your tracks periodically to make sure there aren't any small pebbles or particles in the way.
Securing Your Brackets
If you notice that your door stops in one particular spot all the time, a bracket could be loose supporting that area of track. Brackets become loose because of the vibration caused when the door opens and closes. Tighten any loose brackets you find. If you aren't sure if a bracket is missing, look on both brackets for symmetry. If you are still having a problem, contact your garage door repair service for help.
Fixing Slow-Moving Doors
The opener on your garage door should last about 15 years, but it can burn out early if it strains too hard to open the garage door. The tension springs hold the weight of the door so the opener can pull the rest of the weight and open the door completely. If the opener is straining, it is either burning out, the tension spring is loose, or it is a combination of both. This issue needs to be addressed by your garage door repair service because it is too dangerous for you to touch the tension springs on your own.
Garage doors work for years with minimal issues, as long as you take good care of your system. Pay attention to changes in how the door functions, and get the help you need from a professional repair service before further damage is done to your system. For more information, contact local professionals like those found at AA Garage Door LLC.