You don’t really consider the parts of your overhead garage door until you are considering doing one of two things: repairing a garage door or choosing a new one to install. Here’s a brief breakdown of the most common garage door parts and what they do.
The springs are what make raising and lowering your garage door so easy, despite the fact that it weighs several hundred pounds. Your springs are able to do that because they are under incredible tension, which makes them extremely dangerous to work with. Mounted on each side of a garage door wall, extension springs lift the weight of the door up and down. The tension spring winds up when your garage door closes. It’s the part of your garage door that maintains stored energy under tension.
The brackets and hinges hold the separated boards of garage door together. They allow the garage door to bend as it rolls up and down. Overtime, these parts will need to be replaced. It’s also a good idea to tighten them down with a wrench every few months. This will help your door operate smoother and more efficiently.
Your garage door track is on either side of the garage door and provides surface area for the rollers to raise and lower the garage door. It is possible for your garage door to come off track. If this happens, stop using the door immediately! Always reset it back to the track or call a garage door repair professional.
The rollers on your garage door are the part that makes the garage door run so smoothly. If your door starts to stick, this is the garage door part you’ll want to lubricate. Scouring it with rubber wool will help eliminate rust. You could also try soaking the rollers in Coca Cola and then kerosene. This will first remove any rust from hard to reach areas and help protect the rollers from further rust. If you need to replace the hinges, call a professional garage door repair company. These hinges are under a great deal of pressure and can be potentially hazardous.