Top 10 preventive maintenance tips for garage door owners: watch and listen. Most garage doors have weather stripping on the bottom of the door, but some also include them on the sides. To test the photoelectric system's sensors, which are mounted four to six inches above the ground on either side of the garage door frame, open the door down and move your leg in the way of the door. See the garage door opener instruction manual for instructions on how to adjust the automatic reverse function.
Older garage door openers without this basic feature that is now required by the building code in many areas must be replaced. Manufacturers have made great strides in improving the safety of garage doors and door openers. The vast majority of garage doors have torsion springs, which are mounted on the head above the door (opening photo), or extension springs, which float above the upper skating rink. This dirt can help freeze components, so be sure to clean and lubricate the moving parts of the garage door during the winter.
Garage door weatherstripping is sold by foot or in large rolls at hardware stores and large home improvement stores. If you have any problems, learn some additional advanced tips for repairing garage door springs. Check the brackets that hold the rails to the wall and ceiling, in addition to the fasteners that hold the door opener. Replacing the rollers is as simple as removing the garage door bracket and installing a new roller instead.
A well-maintained and well-adjusted garage door is relatively quiet, as it moves up and down, and you shouldn't see any shakes in its movement. The rollers along the edge of the garage door should be inspected at least twice a year and replaced every five to seven years. Problems with the garage door and the automatic opener are often manifested in sudden movements and sounds of squeaks and scratches.