Winter Garage Door Maintenance Check Up

Posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Residential garage

Your garage doors are likely the hardest working appliances in your home. In fact, many families will open and close their garage doors as many as ten times per day. With all of that movement, garage door parts can wear out. That’s why it’s important to inspect your garage door on a regular basis.

At Cressy Door and Fireplace, we recommend monthly visual inspections as well as bi-yearly maintenance inspections. If you haven’t yet had your garage door serviced this year, now’s the time. The last thing you want is your garage door to fail over the winter months.

Here is our recommended inspection and maintenance schedule.

Monthly Recommendations

Visual Inspections can and should be made by the homeowner every month. 

Visual Inspection

1. Springs – broken
2. Cables – worn strips or fraying
3. Rollers – move smoothing and quietly
4. Sections – peeling paint, rust or dents
5. Track – bent or twisted, securely attached
6. Hinges – bent or broken

Caution – the International Door Association or IDA recommends contacting a garage door maintenance professional to replace springs, cables, rollers, tracks or hinges. Garage doors are under extreme tension and can cause serious harm and even death.

Bi-Yearly Recommendations

Maintenance checks should be performed bi-yearly by a trained technician.


Twice per year it is advisable to spray lubricant on your garage doors. Be sure to have a trained technician perform this work. We suggest lubricating all of the following every six months:

  • Garage Door Hinges
  • Garage Door Rollers
  • Garage Door Roller Shafts & Bearings
  • Garage Door Spring Shaft End Bearings
  • Garage Door Springs

Cressy Door also performs the following tests?

  • Garage Door Balance Test
  • Reversing Mechanism Test
  • Photo Eye Test
  • Force Setting Test

At Cressy Door and Fireplace, we highly recommends bi-yearly check-ups. Not only are they affordable, it’s quick and easy. Need a check up or service on your garage doors? The team at Cressy Door and Fireplace is here to help. Give us a call today! 

For more information on garage door service, repair and maintenance, visit the IDA’s Garage Door Care Website.

You may also watch the IDA’s public service announcement: Garage Door Service, Repair and Maintenance.

The Buzz: An interview with IDA president Bill Gibson on garage door service, repair and maintenance tips and schedule.