The garage door is often a major part of the exterior appearance of a home. A clean garage door adds to street appeal and ensures efficient, safe operation. Over time, dust, oil, leaves, hair, and other debris accumulate on the door, tracks, and sensors. This can affect the door’s appearance and operation. Basic maintenance reduces breakdowns, improves efficiency, and prolongs the unit’s service life for homeowners in New Hudson, MI.
Wash the Door
You should clean your garage door at least twice a year. Use a mild soap and water. To wash the door, wet the outer surface with a low-pressure garden hose. Do not use a pressure washer because the intensity of the stream of water can damage the finish or any glass elements.
Wash with a soft sponge or cloth, starting at the top and working your way downward. As you work, inspect the door for rust, peeling paint, dings, or other damage. Wipe down and inspect the exposed segments of weatherstripping as you wash the door. After the door is clean, rinse the soap off with the garden hose.
Clean the Sensors
Sensors ensure that no object or person is in the path of the door as it closes. If an object is present, the door will not close. Photo eyes are positioned on either side of the door a few inches off the ground. If they are dirty or misaligned, the door cannot operate safely. Carefully wipe the eyes with a soft cloth and a gentle cleanser. To ensure proper operation, make sure there are no streaks and that they are dry.
Clear the Tracks
Over time, garage door tracks accumulate debris that can affect its operation. Dust, grime, and other particles in the track can cause the door to stick, squeak, or shudder as it opens and closes. Use a soft cloth and mild soap to gently clean the track. As you work, inspect the alignment. Bends in the rails or gaps between the rails and rollers can damage the door and affect operation. After cleaning, thoroughly dry the tracks. Then, apply a small amount of lubricant designed for garage doors to them.
In addition to basic maintenance by homeowners, professional servicing ensures that the unit functions efficiently and safely. The service technicians at Williams Garage Doors inspect all major components, including sensors, tracks, springs, weather seals, transmitters, and security features. We back our work with warranties on workmanship and parts.
Our decades of service for residents in southeastern Michigan includes countless new installations, replacements, repairs, and service calls. Contact us for a free quote today.