4 Things You Need To Do To Prepare Your Garage Door For Fall


As the seasons change, there are various maintenance tasks that need to be performed all throughout the home to ensure that your home is ready for the weather change. The one area of the home that tends to be overlooked, though, is the garage. However, your garage, especially the garage door, still needs to be tended to as the seasons change. So, as the fall weather begins to near, here are a few maintenance tasks that you need to perform to ensure that it is able to function properly.

1. Change the Door Opener Batteries.

If you have a remote control opener for your garage door, then the fall is a good time of year for you to change the batteries. The weather is starting to cool off and it is going to start getting darker earlier in the evening, so you are not going to want to have to deal with an opener that doesn't work.

2. Inspect the Motor.

Have you noticed that your garage door is making strange noises when it is opening or shutting? If so, there could be something going on with the motor. As a general rule, your garage door should operate smoothly and quietly. In addition, you want to make sure that there are no exposed wiring around the motor. If you notice any motor-related issues, call a professional immediately.

3. Clean Out the Tracks.

As each season changes, you should take the time to clean out the tracks. Over time, a significant amount of debris can accumulate in the tracks. This is not a task that is time-consuming, and all you need to do is grab a Shop-Vac to suck up the accumulated debris (leaves, dead insects, spider webs, etc.

4. Test the Door's Safety System.

While it is important to ensure that the safety system is intact for everyone, it is particularly important for families with young children. You can test the safety system one of two ways:

  1. Lay a piece of wood or a brick on the ground beneath the garage door and click your opener to close the door. If the system is working properly, the sensors should soon detect that there is an object in the path of the door and the garage door should reverse. If it does not and tries to continue to close, it's time to call an expert.
  2. As you are trying to lower the garage door, swipe your foot or hand underneath the garage door (preferably near the bottom where the sensors are). Like in the other method, the sensors should detect that there is a moving object beneath the door and go back up. If it does not, call a garage door professional.

If you would like a professional to perform annual maintenance on your garage door, contact a local company in your area and schedule a time that is convenient for you. Visit a site like http://unifourdoorsystems.com for more help.


8 August 2017

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