As Houstonians and Houston area residents stay at home during this COVID-19 crisis, now is a good time to inspect your garage door for the spring and summertime. Doing this can save you time and money in the long run. Seasonal changes can cause your garage door to go off track. It’s better to use the free time you have now than using up time later when everything gets back to normal or have your garage door malfunction when it is a bad time. Here is what to inspect on your Garage doors during COVID- 19.
Heat and Humidity can cause swelling of the garage door if you have a wooden door. Too much swelling can make the door weigh heavy and put a strain on the springs. Make sure you have a good water sealant on your garage door. Every one to two years, you want to re-seal your garage door.
Check your garage door springs. Humidity can rust springs, causing them to break. If they are heavily rusted, you may want to go ahead and have them replaced before they break on you at a bad time. Spectrum Overhead Door LLC is still open and offers non-contact appointments and follows strict sanitation protocols. You can read them here. Otherwise, Use a lithium-based grease or garage door lube instead of WD-40. Lubricate your springs, hinges and garage door rollers.
That same Houston/gulf coast humidity can also play havoc with your garage door operator system. If your garage door motor is chain operated, that chain can also rust due to the moisture in the air. Make sure you keep the chain lubricated as well.
You will want to make sure dust is not collecting on your photosensors. Wipe them down with a clean cloth. You also want to make sure your garage door sensors are not in direct sunlight as that can disrupt the sending and receiving of the infrared signal. When the sun’s rays shine directly on your garage at certain times during the day, it can fool your garage door’s receiving sensor into thinking there is an obstruction in the way, preventing the door from closing. There are a couple of ways to fix this problem. The first is to switch the left and the right photosensors, making the receiving sensor not in direct sun. The second is to construct a small cover using paper or cardboard that deflects the sun’s light away from the photo eyes.
Here in the Houston area, we just had a nice big springtime storm roll through. Frequent lightning and wind can cause power surges. If you have not done so yet, this would be a good time to invest in a surge protector for your garage door operator motor. Without it, the surges in the electricity caused by storms can damage the internal circuits of the garage door opener motor.
If you use this time wisely by inspecting your garage door and doing a little maintenance work on the garage door and garage door opener, you can save yourself time and money down the road. And those are some things every Houston area homeowners could use savings on.
If the issue you are having is not a simple DIY fix, you can get help from the Houston Garage Door Repair Experts Spectrum Overhead Door LLC. For over a dozen years, Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been the go-to for Houston area garage door repair, giving fast, same-day garage door repair.
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