Tip of the Month
Here are a some monthly tips and tricks on what you can do to keep your garage door and opener running smoothly all year long.
January– (Problem)…It’s the dead of winter and the possibility of rain is always there, even here in San Diego, so for those that have sectional doors, one of the main problems is the door going down to within a foot or so of the floor then reversing. This happens when the framework of your opening or “jambs” (as they are called) swell due to water absorption and its pushing against the sections as the door travels down…
binding and sending the door back up. (Solution)…Look on the back side of the jambs on both sides for burn marks and spray the bare wood with WD-40, it will soak into the wood and keep the back sides of the jambs slick enabling your door to make it all the way down through the rainy months and since WD-40 is a “water displacement” and lubricating agent, it is usually the best type of spray in this case…and who doesn’t own a can of WD-40 ? The other tip is to keep your jambs painted and waterproof, especially near the floor but do not paint the backside of the jamb that the door travels down, the backside should be bare wood and lubed if needed. This will ensure that your sectional garage door will fully close during the wet months here in sunny San Diego!!
February– (Problem)… Still being in the wet months your garage door is squealing like a pig and its almost to the point of being embarrassing when you leave for work in the morning and you lube it but the noise comes back after a day or two.
(Solution)…Click picture to enlarge
March–(Problem)…Your doors bottom weather seal is chewed up and has shrunk leaving a gap on each side of the opening allowing more water and critters inside your garage. (Solution)…Find out the brand of door you have by checking the sticker on the side or edge of the door, if you have a common brand of door we stock the weather stripping, you just simply slide the old stripping out and slide the new one on pulling it out 4 inches on each end then tucking it in. If you have a mouse problem, then insert an old garden hose into the center of the new weather stripping for added resistance.
April-Always remember to wipe the inside of your vertical tracks down once every six months with a damp rag, doing this will remove the dust and dirt that your rollers will pick up as it travels up and down., and remember… do not grease the tracks if your door has nylon rollers, the grease does nothing but collect dust. Now if you look at your door and it has steel rollers do yourself a favor and get rid of them, even cheap doors use nylon these days. Wash your door like you would a car only not as often maybe twice a year to get the road grime that eats away at your paint job over the years, it’s easy, fast and will keep the front of your house looking good!!
May-Summer is coming, and for those that have south facing garage doors…I feel sorry for you if you “cheaped” out and didn’t get an insulated door because you don’t know what you’re missing. If your door faces north then your lucky because the sun never touches your garage door. For those that do have an insulated door, now might be the time to check your bottom seal and the vinyl molding around the perimeter to make sure it’s all sealing tight. If you see any gaps take a hair dryer turn it to warm or hot and just heat up the flap on the vinyl and it will usually fill the gap again then let the vinyl cool before opening your door and voila you are sealed up nice and tight once again keeping the hot air out. If your vinyl is worn out, torn or brittle we stock most major colors.
June-Temperatures….although still fair are beginning to heat up, speaking of fair don’t forget the San Diego County (Del Mar) Fair is starting up now, this might be a good time to schedule a general service because the summer months are busy and we usually book stops about three days in advance.
July-Don’t forget that your garage door opener’s need maintenance that you can do yourself, if you have a chain drive machine made by chamberlain or a Sears Craftsman that there is a set of gears on the inside that need to be re-lubed at the 7yr mark, if you push it longer than that you risk a $160.00 dollar repair and you can lube these gears yourself if you want, just pop the case open and lube the two larger gears with “Low-Temp” grease, if you have a screw-drive machine of any make or model then run a bead of that same Low-Temp grease down the length of the screw and do this every other month.
August-For all of you hold-outs that are still clinging to your original one piece door, make sure you keep up the maintenance on your hinges and springs, the hinges have 5 pivot points on each hinge that could use some silicone spray every once in a while. If they are squeaking it means metal on metal and that’s never good, especially with a 300 lb door that sits over your head. The springs are not like the springs on a sectional where they have a certain life cycle rating, the mfg of your one piece door springs recommend you change them every 5-7 yrs…most folks don’t, but if they are over ten yrs old then I would highly recommend changing them before you end up with your car stuck in the garage. Most one piece door springs have the mfg date stamped in the top, so do yourself a favor and check that.
September-The kids are back in school now and it’s time to go to work on your fix-it-list. If you have a one piece door then you want to make sure you have it painted real good to keep the winter rain and water from soaking into it, if possible paint it inside and out. If you have a steel sectional door then you don’t have much to worry about except keeping the jambs painted and sealed so that you don’t end up with “January’s” problem. Now is the time to look it all over before the rain comes, it’s critical that if you have a wood door it needs to be water proof!!!