DON’T FORGET THE
REMOTE BATTERIES Garage doors are opened and closed innumerable times a year. Therefore, it’s essential to replace the remote’s batteries periodically.
The remote’s manual should pro- vide the information on when you need to replace the batteries, which are commonly overlooked until the day the door refuses to open. REPLACE WORN WEATHER-STRIPPING Look at the sides and bottom of your door. There should be weather- stripping on the sides and a rub- ber weather-seal on the bottom. If it’s cracked or the weather-strip- ping on the sides is jamming the door, consider adjusting it or replacing it altogether. Wooden garage doors might not have weather-stripping at the bot- tom. However, ideally, you should add weather-stripping to it, which can be purchased at any hardware store, and get it painted to protect the wood.
PARTS Garage doors are connected by springs, rollers, nuts and bolts. All of these moving parts are used constantly every time you press the remote, and the door opens and closes. Hence, it’s vital to lubricate these moving parts with spray lubricant for springs, and white lithium grease for the chain or screw. Don’t smear lubricant on the track, because it could cause the door to slip and lose its balance.
DO IT YOURSELF
Use white lithium-grease to lubricate the chain and screw of an automatic garage door opener.