Minnesota winters can take quite a toll on garage doors, not only the cold weather but the amount of moisture and salt that gets on garage door components. Often times there is a low spot in the garage where water will pool. This is often on one side of the garage door, when moisture builds up and the garage door sits in it, rust typically will occur. This was the case for one of our customers in Wayzata, MN. Not only did the homeowner have a Broken Garage Door Spring, he also had a lot of rust that worked its way onto the bottom brackets & cables. The rust was eating through the bottom bracket and cable, if the spring hadn’t broken we would most assuredly have been out for a broken cable. Luckily we were able to get the Springs, Cables, and Bottom Brackets all repaired same day. The garage door is running better than ever, and our Wayzata customer couldn’t be more pleased.
Garage Door Maintenance
The Garage Door is the largest moving mechanical object in the home, and as such should be treated with regular maintenance. There are many moving parts on a garage door that should be checked/lubricated often. Here are some pointers to maintain a smooth operating garage door:
- Lubrication of all moving parts: Springs, Rollers, End Bearings, Opener, Center Bearing, Hinges
- Spring tension check: The door should stay up when fully open, should be able to stop half way up and balance, and should not weigh in excess of 5-10lbs at the bottom
- Safety sensor check: Every Garage Door Opener should now have safety sensors, they should be between 4”-6” from the floor, typically mounted on the track
- Opener Forces: Stick a 2×4 under the garage door, when your door closes if it does not auto reverse off the 2×4 your forces are too high. This could cause serious injury. Recommended forces settings are typically between 3-6
We highly recommend calling a professional for any Rise & Shine Garage Doorsncerns. Garage doors can be very dangerous if inexperienced or without proper tools and safety training. For all your garage door repair or replacement needs call the experts at Rise & Shine Garage Doors. We always offer free onsite estimates to our Wayzata customers. Scheduling couldn’t be easier with our online appointment form or call 612-886-9606 today!