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How to Keep Small Garage Door Parts in Good Condition
by Keith Brooks on Nov 6, 2017
We are often under the impression that the garage door springs, tracks, and cables are enough to make the operation possible. Throw in an opener too and you've got yourself a nicely working electric garage door. Right? Not exactly. Although these are the main parts of overhead garage doors, they are certainly not the only ones. If it weren't for some tiny fellows, which are often not even seen, these parts wouldn't be there in the first place.
The list of the most common small garage door parts
You are probably familiar with the expression that there is a woman behind a successful man. This is exactly the case with small garage door parts. They provide the assurance and support every major part needs. Let us give you a hint of the most common small overhead door parts.
- Garage door weatherstripping
- All sorts of brackets
- Pulleys and pulley forks
- S-hooks and clips
- Bearings and bushings
- Stops, spools, bolts, screws, nuts
- Gears, sprockets, and sensors
- Rails and support angles
Why these secondary parts are essential to the good garage door operation
There are different categories of garage door parts. Some are used to support other parts and some to connect them. The weatherstripping will seal the garage doors to ensure the good insulation of the indoors. The handles will help you lift the door manually. The S-hooks will help you attach the extension springs on the tracks while they will run through the pulleys with the help of the pulley forks. The hinges connect the panels of sectional doors and the rollers with the door. The brackets keep springs and cables in place and tensed. And the even smaller parts (the hardware/fasteners) make sure all parts are secured and so they won't vibrate.
So, if the fasteners are loose, the garage door opener will vibrate or the tracks will get misaligned. When such things happen, the garage door becomes noisy, might get jammed, or might not close entirely. Let me give you one simple example: if you don't have a handle to open the door manually, you will be injured. Most people hurt their fingers and hands when they try to open their garage door by holding it on the side part.
How to keep the small parts and thus garage doors in great condition
What these parts need is a regular inspection. You need to remember that they must be well tightened and lubricated. If the fasteners of the support angle, where the opener sits, are not tight, the opener will vibrate. If the pins and hinges are not lubricated, they will rust. When the garage door bottom seal is damaged, air and elements find their way inside. Rainwater will flow in too.
Naturally, with proper and regular garage door maintenance during which even these small parts are checked, you won't have a problem. But since not all parts have the same needs, it's wise to check them once a month and make sure no garage door repair channelview is needed. A quick visual inspection is often sufficient. Since loose fasteners and rusty parts make the door noisy, keep your ears open in case you hear weird sounds when the door is moving. And don't forget that the slightest problem must be fixed fast to prevent worse trouble.
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