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Garage Door Maintenance Saves Money

One of the things most homeowners take for granted is the smooth operation of their garage doors. Your garage doors are the largest moving parts in your entire home, and they must be cared for on a regular basis as they are opened and closed multiple times per day. To ensure that your garage doors remain in tip-top condition, you must have them serviced periodically. While you may think that regular maintenance will cost more than it’s worth, you might want to consider how much it costs to have new garage doors installed.

Regular garage door maintenance saves you in terms of needing to prematurely replace many of the components of your garage door system. Springs, rollers, guides, chains, and panels can all wear over time if not inspected, tightened, realigned, and lubricated. And, if any one of these components is allowed to fall into disrepair, the misalignment can cause many of the other garage door components to fail. So, to keep your garage door opening and closing and otherwise operating smoothly for years to come, we suggest that you have your garage doors serviced every six months or so. Of course, there are some things you can do yourself if you choose, and we’ll get into that later on in this article. But, if you want to schedule a service call, please call or use the form located on this page.

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    Schedule Garage Door Maintenance Early

    If you’re questioning when you should begin scheduling garage door maintenance services after a new garage door install, we’ve got the answers right here. First, most garage door installation companies will provide a complimentary checkup 30 to 90 days from initial garage door installation. This is done to ensure that all the moving parts are tight and working in concert with one another. After that check, we suggest that you pay attention to the operation of your garage doors, noting any change in noises or speed of opening and closing. If you see or hear anything unusual coming from your garage doors, contact us immediately.

    You should have your garage doors maintained once every six months, sooner if something isn’t quite right. When we arrive to service your doors, we’ll provide a balance test to ensure that the door rises smoothly and comes to rest about three or four feet above the ground. We’ll then lubricate your components, including hinges, tracks, pulleys, bearings, and rollers. Among the many other maintenance items on our list, we’ll remove any rust, check the weather stripping, provide a reversal test, and check the torsion springs for wear. Contact G & G Garage Door for all your garage door installation and service needs.

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    Garage Door Servicing Tips You Can Do

    If you’re like most homeowners, you likely use your garage door as the main entry and exit point of your home. If this is your practice, it means your garage is opened and closed thousands of times every year. This means you’ll need to pay special attention to all of the noises and ensure that you regularly service your garage doors. Below are a few items that you can do yourself when it comes to maintaining your garage doors for the long term. While these items may be something you can do, we always suggest that you think about safety first and wear gloves and protective eyewear; and that you don’t overdo it. G & G Garage Door has been helping homeowners for more than 35 years, and if you’d prefer that your garage doors are serviced regularly by a competent garage door maintenance company, we’ll be glad to help.

    1. Listen and watch your garage doors while in action. We suggest that you make it a monthly habit to inspect your garage doors carefully. You’ll want to look for a door that opens slower or faster than usual, jerky movements when in operation, unusually loud noises, and scraping or grinding noises. All of these can be signs of wear and may need immediate attention.
    2. Check to ensure that the hinges, bolts, rollers, and panels are all secure. Loose hardware on your doors can pose a risk to the entire garage door system. Using a socket set, simply tighten any loose bolts, nuts, and screws. Then open and close the door and listen for any unusual sounds. Doing this regularly will help to prolong the life of your garage doors.
    3. Ensure that the roller tracks are free from dirt and debris. Over time, your garage door tracks may become clogged with dirt, bugs, and leaves. The rollers that run along these tracks need to operate without obstructions, and even a small acorn or rock can interfere and potentially damage the rollers and put the entire garage door out of alignment.
    4. Replace damaged garage door rollers. This one is something that many homeowners can do; however, if you don’t feel comfortable replacing damaged garage door rollers, we’ll be happy to help. To replace a garage door roller, you’ll want the door in the down position. Remove the hinge with a wrench, and then pull the old roller out and replace it with a new roller. A word of warning, though, you shouldn’t try to replace the bottom roller as it’s under tremendous pressure. Contact G & G Garage Door for assistance.

    Regular Preventive Maintenance For Your Garage Doors

    Replace Weather Stripping

    Most garage doors have weatherstripping along the bottom of the door to ensure that there’s a tight seal along the floor so that bugs, snakes, and dirt don’t find their way inside your garage. Weatherstripping also keeps out the rain, and extremes of heat. Check your weatherstripping for wear and replace when needed.

    Safety Test Auto-Reverse

    There are two auto-reverse safety features that you should test. To ensure that your door reverses if there is an obstruction, place a piece of wood on the ground in the path of the door, then attempt to shut the door. When working the door should reverse. Also, test that the photo-eye reverses by passing your leg in front of it.

    Refinish Wood Garage Doors

    Over time your wood garage doors will need to be refinished. Pest damage, wood rot, weather damage, and fading all combine to slowly wear away the veneer of finish you once had. As a general rule, wood garage doors should be refinished once every three to four years. One thing to consider is that your warranty may be voided by refinishing your door.

    Check The Emergency Release

    Your garage door comes equipped with an emergency release cord so that you can open your garage manually in case there’s a problem with the opener. While most openers have battery backups there’s still the chance that they battery may fail. To test your emergency release, with the garage door in the down position, pull the cord to release it.

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      2335 Abalone Ave #108, C
      Torrance, CA 90501


      Planned Door Maintenance Program

      There are many moving parts with your garage door, garage door opener, and garage door track. So many that you might feel overwhelmed by it all. Rather than letting it overwhelm you, we suggest that you schedule planned garage door maintenance with us. G & G Garage Door’s maintenance program not only keeps your garage door system operating smoothly but also helps prevent damage long before it’s likely to happen. While there are countless opportunities for damages or malfunctions to occur, with pre-planned maintenance and garage door service, you can avoid these altogether. With G & G Garage Door at the ready, we can prevent unexpected and costly garage door replacement and repair needs. Give us a call for a free onsite consultation.

      Is Your Photo Eye Sensor Working?

      One of the most overlooked safety features of modern garage door systems is the photo eye sensor. The photo eye sensor is in place to ensure that people, pets, and other objects are not in the way of a closing garage door. Most garage doors weigh between 150 lbs and 300 lbs, but the force of the closing mechanism increases the amount of pressure on whatever is in the way if the photo eye is not operating properly. The photo eye sensors are located on either side of the garage door at its base. To ensure that they are operating as they should, you’ll need to keep them clean from spider webs, leaves, and other debris.

      Regular Garage Door Service Keeps Your Family Safe

      If your garage door system isn’t kept in optimum condition, it is at risk of malfunctioning or becoming broken altogether. A broken or malfunctioning garage door puts your family at risk of an intruder breaking into your garage and then gaining access to your home. Besides this risk of an intruder, every year, there are thousands of reported injuries from garage doors. Most of these injuries could have been prevented if the homeowner had maintained a strict door maintenance schedule. To ensure that your family remains safe, contact G & G Garage Door to schedule service. So, for maintenance services in Los Angeles, including Culver City garage door repair solutions, contact G & G Garage Door.