Article by Home Furniture Galery It’s a good idea to inspect your garage doors on a monthly basis. In the same way that routine inspections and maintenance of your car can stop minor issues from turning into major problems, performing frequent visual and mechanical inspections on your garage doors can help to identify issues before they become serious. Here is what you should look for during your garage door inspection: Interior Hardware: Step inside and close the door. As you do this, look up to inspect elements of the garage door’s hardware such as springs, rollers, pulleys, hinges and cables. You won’t be able to fully see if these are worn by closing the door from the outside. You’ll want to check for signs of wear and tear such as fraying of the cables, loose nuts and bolts or other signs of problems. Balance Tests: If your door has an automatic opener, you can perform a test to check if it is aligned properly. Disconnect the automatic door opener and close the door. When you reopen it, the door should move smoothly and freely. If you have trouble moving the door, it might be out of balance. Force Setting Test: This is another test you can perform if you have an automatic door to make sure that it will stop closing before it crushes your car. Simply initiate the closing mechanism and place your hand close to the door. If it continues to close, your force setting needs to be fixed or adjusted. Lubrication: You will want to see if joints, hinges, tracks and rollers are properly lubricated. If they appear dry, apply some WD-40 or other lubricant.