Top 10 Preventative Maintenance Tips for Garage Door Owners

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Top 10 Preventative Maintenance Tips for Garage Door Owners

A beautiful garage door kept nice through Preventative Maintenance.

Preventative Maintenance for Garage Doors

Your garage door is a very valuable part of your home, and it’s passed through multiple times per day constantly. Need to head out for food, up it goes, or go to pick the kids up from school, up and down it goes again. To ensure your garage is going to work, it’s vital you make the time to execute consistent preventive maintenance daily.

We are going to give you 10 brilliant preventative maintenance tips for your garage door opener. 

Listen and Look

  1. The very first thing you must understand is how important observation is. You need to observe your door in action whenever you’re heading out or coming in. Is there any sounds, does it pull to the left when it raises? Does it squeak?

I know we are busy but this takes a few seconds to assess it can save you a big headache in the long run. 

No Loose Screws  

  1. Guess how much you use your garage? Did you know that the garage door on average opens and closes in excess of one thousand times per year?. That is a lot of rocking and rolling for that hardware. At times things become ajar and move around adjusting the normal flow of the mechanics. Make sure you look for loose hardware and tighten all of them as needed. 

3. Everything Needs Balance

Without balance nothing works, that’s just physics. If your garage door isn’t balanced it will receive unnecessary stress while in movement. It will work harder than it needs too and shorten the vitality of it’s mechanics and its job. 

Speak to the technician about preventative maintenance and ask for signs of an out of  balanced garage door, so you know exactly how to spot a concern.  

4. Have an Inspection and Get New Rollers

No, not another inspection on your house. On your garage door. It doesn’t matter if the rollers are steel or nylon, an inspection is always necessary. It’s common to have them inspected twice per year. They last the test of time when properly monitored. Only needing a replacement after 7 years. 

5. Time to Replace the Weatherstripping

Your garage door is a source of protection from the outside. When your rubber weather strip has suffered the harshness of the elements it  becomes brittle, and weak. Which can lessen the protection you receive from the outside environment.  

You  can buy weatherstripping by the foot at any home improvement location. It then can be easily installed by inserting it under your garage door. 

6. Make Sure All Moving Parts Are Lubricated

Just like an old barn door needs a bit of oil to slide back into place, your garage is no different. Preventative maintenance includes the lubrication of all the moving parts and will add years to the operational capacity of your garage door.

Not only that but the amount of time it takes is lighting fast, 10 minutes a year, yep a year! To keep your garage working like new. 

7. Check the Cables

Your garage has several moving parts, some small and one really big. Inspecting your cables is all you do. You never attempt to touch or adjust them. That is a AGS professionals job. You can seriously hurt yourself, so don’t try. 

But you can look for strands that may be broken, then call a pro to fix it. 

You should never tinker with the high-tension cables that lift your door because they have enough force to seriously injure you or worse. But you can check their condition so you know when to hire a pro. Check for broken strands and damage near the bottom roller bracket.

8.  Auto-Reverse Safety Features Must Be Tested

It’s very important you test the sensitivity of your garage door, so there are no issues. Your garage door if automated will have a sensor that can be checked. The mechanical portion is checked by placing a 2 x 2 piece of wood or even a brick if you have it. 

What you do next is place the wood or brick under the door, and close it. The door should hit brick and raise – which is the auto reverse at work. 

The next test is to make sure your motion sensor is working. When your door is coming down just kick your foot under the door. The door should auto-reverse. If this maintenance tip sounds unfamiliar to you, then it may be time to upgrade to a new garage door opener.   

9. Clear the Tracks

As the years pass, things accumulate, that is how it works. But for your garage door, debris and build up can cause problems. Every few weeks check the tracks and make sure you’re not harboring any unwanted junk. 

10. A Garage Door Fit for a Palace

You’ve made it, top tip number 10 on preventative maintenance for your garage door!

It’s time to give the garage door itself some tender, loving care. There are several types of garage doors out there. No matter your style it needs attention, and needs to be maintained. Just like a car.

If you have a steel door, it can get rusted, so you’ll need to do some sanding, and then finish up with some primer and a paint job. Bringing that garage door back to life. If you own a wood garage door, make sure you’re looking for signs of water damage or any warping.


Look, your garage door is 1/3 of your house’s exterior! It matters that it looks good, and most importantly that it functions safely.

AGS is there to get you through any garage door issues you may have. If you are experiencing any of the issues above or just don’t want to be bothered with the preventive maintenance, please call (940) 343-7537.

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