As a homeowner, you must not forget about regular maintenance. This is especially important for automatic garage doors, which can wear out and become less efficient over time.

Do not shy away from doing routine checks that will keep potential garage door problems at bay.

Let’s start with the brackets, which are responsible for fastening the tracks to the walls. They make it possible for your garage door to go up and down smoothly, so make sure the bolts and screws are tight at all times.

You may also need to tap them into place with a hammer, or start looking for a replacement, if they become damaged in any way.

Up next are the tracks. The horizontal ones must hang as tall as the garage door ceiling, slanting slightly from the door to the garage’s back wall. If they are not properly aligned, loosen the bolts or screws that hold the brackets to the wall.

Then, tip them into their ideal position carefully before tightening the bolts or screws.

For the vertical tracks, use a level to check for plumb. Adjust it until it is centred between the floor and the garage door. If it is out of plumb, loosen the bolts or screws of the bracket, hold the level against the track, and carefully push it.

Check for plumb again before retightening the bolts or screws.

It is also important to check the rollers from time to time. As they are prone to dirt and grease build-up, cleaning them on a regular basis is a must. You can use an old toothbrush and a rag to clean the bearings and get rid of debris.

Unless your rollers are nylon with sealed bearings, you should apply powder lubricants around and into them on a regular basis.

The hinges must be checked regularly as well. They hold the door and allow it to move overhead. The ones on the side of the garage door also have a sleeve where the rollers go.

Since they are made of metal, rust and breakage can be a real problem. When they start to make unusual noises, you will need to oil or lubricate them. However, when they become off centre or cracked, replacing them is a better idea.

As a precautionary measure, be sure to wear rubber gloves when lubricating and cleaning your garage door. For more difficult garage door maintenance checks and repairs, be sure to hire a professional.