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Garage Door Care

If you’re looking to extend the lifespan of your garage door, you need to invest in the proper care and upkeep. Not sure where to start? We broke down garage door maintenance into an easy timetable to help you stay ahead of potential issues and keep your garage door system in the best shape possible. Or, if you’d like to leave your garage door maintenance to a professional, contact Fawley Overhead Door to book your appointment. 

A Brief Guide to Garage Door Maintenance

Every 6 Months

  • Wash the interior and exterior of the door and windows with a mild soap (car wash or dishwashing soap) and water, then rinse thoroughly. Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents. 
  • Lubricate springs, tracks, and hinges with a silicone or Teflon-based spray. Do not use WD-40 or grease. Open and close the door afterward to distribute the lubricant.
  • Perform a garage door safety test. Press the button to close the garage door then wave a broom or stick in the opening. The garage door should automatically reverse if the safety sensors are working correctly. 
  • Perform a door balance test. First, disconnect the closed garage door from the opener so that it can operate manually. Then open the door about halfway and release it. If properly balanced, the door should stay in place when you release it. 

Every 12 Months

  • Inspect springs, cables, tracks, and other hardware for signs of wear. If you see signs of worn-out, rusted, or broken parts, call for a professional inspection.
  • Replace the battery and lightbulbs in the opener.
  • Replace batteries in the remotes or keypads. 
  • Schedule a professional inspection with a local garage door company. 

As Needed

  • Clean road salt from interior and exterior surfaces using mild soap (car wash or dishwashing soap) and water, then rinse thoroughly. Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents. If surface rust appears, immediately contact a professional for inspection and repair options.
  • Replace cracked or worn-out weatherstripping. 
  • Repaint the garage door exterior for weatherproofing and an updated look.

Schedule Your Garage Door Tune-Up Today!

If it’s been over a year since you had a professional examine your garage door system, it may be time to schedule your garage door tune-up. Annual garage door maintenance helps you stay ahead of repairs and prolong the life of your garage door system. Fawley Overhead Door offers garage door maintenance in Kalamazoo, Portage, and the surrounding areas. We would love to assist you by performing a garage door tune-up for your home. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use WD-40 on a garage door?

No, do not use WD-40 or similar penetrating oil on your garage door parts. WD-40 is a water displacement spray, designed to clean metal that’s been exposed to moisture. This can soften plastic, nylon, or rubber components and damage many garage door parts like the opener’s rubber belt or nylon rollers. Instead, you should use a silicone-based lubricant for your garage door. 

What are the benefits of garage door maintenance?

Garage door maintenance has many great benefits for your garage and home including:
– Helps you stay ahead of potential issues and prevent significant garage door repairs. 
– Extends the life of your entire garage door system. 
– Ensures the safety of your garage door and parts. 
– Prevents rust build-up and parts wear. 
– Creates a quieter, smoother garage door operation.

What parts of a garage door should be lubricated?

Because garage doors have many moving parts and metal parts, they need to be regularly lubricated to prevent friction, rust, and wear. The parts that need lubrication include:
– Hinges
– Rollers
– Bearing Plates
– Springs
– Top Rail
– Arm Bar

  • Sam was really helpful and professional!

    Becky Burns Avatar Becky Burns
    April 13, 2024

    Jacob from Fawley Overhead Door did an amazing job with my newly installed garage doors and openers. He explained how they worked and what I needed to do to get the wireless openers programmed the way I wanted. The job site was left very clean picking up after himself.

    Michelle Green Avatar Michelle Green
    April 13, 2024

    We had a spring break on our garage door. Fawley was out the next day to fix the spring! Jake (sorry for calling you Luke as you were leaving!) was fantastic! Super friendly, quick and knowledgeable! We will definitely be using Fawley in the future!

    Tyler Brown Avatar Tyler Brown
    April 13, 2024

    Gavin was on time and was very courteous and made sure to clean up any mess at the end of the project.

    ryan howrigon Avatar ryan howrigon
    April 13, 2024
  • Calib was very knowledgeable and energetic. He was very personable and kind and informative. Fawley is doing a good job with hiring such wonderful people

    Julie Anttila Avatar Julie Anttila
    April 13, 2024

    Great communication. Fast service and Brett explained everything up front including cost.

    Nichole Tremblay Avatar Nichole Tremblay
    April 11, 2024

    Kaleb did a tremendous job. He inform me as to what needed to be done. He also help me set up opening the garage door through my van. Give him a raise so you won’t lose him.

    Daniel Jimenez Avatar Daniel Jimenez
    April 10, 2024

    Bret was very pleasant, professional and very easy to talk with. Bret shared what the problem as soon as I showed him. Thanks Farley for having Bret because he's definitely an asset!!!!

    Willie Carson Avatar Willie Carson
    April 10, 2024
  • Jake did an excellent job today. He was prompt,efficient, and speedy. He even removed a dead raccoon from my driveway. I'm sorry I hadn't done Spring cleaning in my garage before his visit. He would have had a lot fewer cobwebs and leaves to deal with.

    Jacqueline Light Avatar Jacqueline Light
    April 10, 2024

    Great service. On time, friendly and answered all my questions.

    Kim Goidosik Avatar Kim Goidosik
    April 9, 2024

    We have used Fawley Door for years. Todays project was replacing a door and door opener on an old residential garage. Gavin was exceptional! Professional, courteous, friendly, and incredibly effective. He took his time to ensure the door was properly aligned and the stripping covered all the uneven concrete at the doors base. We’re very impressed and would easily ask for him by name for future needs. Thank you for the great service and helping to improve the curb appeal of this 1945 bungalow!

    Char Rob Avatar Char Rob
    April 8, 2024

    Quick quality service

    Roger Packard Avatar Roger Packard
    April 8, 2024
  • From booking the schedule to the service itself- TOO NOTCH customer service.

    Jen Holmes Avatar Jen Holmes
    April 8, 2024

    Kaleb Tafil repaired my garage door. He was very knowledgeable and thorough. It was evident that he enjoyed his job. And I enjoyed meeting him and listening to him sing while he worked. Kaleb is friendly, talented, and professional. Great guy with undiscovered musical talent.

    Elaine VanBelleghem Avatar Elaine VanBelleghem
    April 8, 2024

    I really appreciated Fawley Door providing me same day service when I needed it. The technician did a wonderful job at my house. Definitely recommend Fawley Door for others.

    Valerie Lamper Avatar Valerie Lamper
    April 8, 2024

    Jake is very good at what he does Same day service fast and efficient Jake was very good at showing me how to maintain the equipment on my garage door so we can keep it running longer Definitely will use Farley again if need be

    Paul Bowes Avatar Paul Bowes
    April 8, 2024
  • This is the second time we have used Fawley for our garage door/opener needs and they are so easy to work with. Always on time, always courteous.

    Donna Adams Avatar Donna Adams
    April 8, 2024

    Jake was amazing. He fixed our garage door quick and efficient. He was professional and pleasant. We are very pleased

    Erika Asiala Avatar Erika Asiala
    April 8, 2024

    Same day arrival…explained everything to me, very professional and experienced. Brett got the job done very quickly and I was very satisfied with the work. Highly recommend

    Brandon Bell Avatar Brandon Bell
    April 8, 2024

    Excellent job installing the new garage door opener.

    Don Jankowski Avatar Don Jankowski
    April 8, 2024

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