Garage door maintenance includes crucial operations to keep your garage door in good working order. It can also help your garage door last longer, which wear and tear may cause it to deteriorate over time.

A garage door may last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, depending on the material and care exercised by the owner. However, some garage door owners fail to maintain their doors properly.

Rather of spending a lot of money on a pricey garage door repairor replacement, consider performing these simple garage door maintenance procedures for your own benefit. Here is a list of garage door maintenance tasks you may complete.

Visually Examine the Garage Door System

The most simple approach to tell if your garage door is having problems is to examine it visually. However, if you’re not sure what to look for, it might be difficult.

To assist you, here are some of the most typical garage door component malfunctions that you can check:

  • The rollers must turn along the tracks and their shafts.
  • If the cables are snapped or come loose, they must be replaced.
  • Springs. Springs are subjected to a lot of stress, making them potentially hazardous. It’s safer to get schedule a garage door spring repair rather than attempting to fix them yourself.
  • Tracks. Check for debris accumulation and remove it.
  • Bearings. Look for signs of wear and tear, damage, or bending in the bearings.
  • Weather seal. If there are hints of dry rot or damage in the weather seal, it needs to be replaced.
  • Cable drums. Examine the cable drums to ensure that they are not fractured or deformed.
  • Garage door panel. Examine steel/aluminum garage doors for dents and wood garage doors for termite damage.

 If a particular garage door component is damaged it should be replaced to avoid affecting the whole garage door system.

Test the Garage Door’s Components

Visual inspections of the garage door system may  occasionally overlook a garage door issue. As a result, testing the garage door parts is an additional part of garage door maintenance. The following are some of the garage door maintenance tests that you can perform:

Garage door balance

You can check if your garage door is balanced by pressing the open and close button on the remote control of your garage door opener. There’s a problem with the springs, cables, rollers, tracks, or mechanism if the door moves crookedly.

Auto-reverse mechanism 

Garage doors with automatic openers have safety sensors that activate the auto-reverse function of the automatic opener if an obstruction is placed beneath it. It should not close but reverse its movement if you put an obstacle beneath a garage door with an automated opener.

Garage door opener remote program

You should program the opener’s remote device with the automatic opener before using it. You should then test if the remote device’s button controls the garage door appropriately after programming.

 Limit Switch Settings

Limit switches on the garage door opener limit how far a garage door can open or close. If you set them incorrectly, your garage door will refuse to fully open or close. As a result, you should regularly reset the limit switches to assure that your garage door performs as intended.

Conduct Preventive Maintenance Work

Every six months, the moving components and hinges inside the garage door system require silicone- or lithium-based lubrication. It will reduce friction and make garage door movement smoother. If you don’t know how to lubricate garage door elements, consult the user’s handbook or contact a professional.

Tighten loose parts

Garage door parts, such as brackets, hinges, and the drive system of the opener, may become loose over time due to vibration. As a result, if you detect loose garage door components, you should tighten them using the appropriate tool.

Apply Finishing Treatment

Damage to your garage door is unavoidable. As a result, if the paint on the garage door panels has faded, you may repaint them. Furthermore, you can use a termite-repelling finish on your wooden garage door to avoid attacks by termites.


Garage door maintenance is an essential part of keeping your garage door in good working order. It may help you avoid the cost of garage door repair or replacement. Hopefully, you will follow the suggestions provided to preserve your garage door from harm. A well-maintained garage door with a stylish design can really improve your curb appeal and raise home value. So don’t put it off any longer; get started on some garage door maintenance right now.