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Month: December 2018

Tips To Repair And Maintain Your Garage Door

Routine safety and maintenance of your garage entrance is needed to keep it in good working order. Tips to use for maintaining and repairing your garage door will help you determine if there is a problem. When a problem occurs the source will need to be found. If the motor unit is bad, a replacement is cheaper for you to buy than having the old one repaired.

Cleaning

The outside of your garage door should be cleaned at least four times a year. This can be done by using a soft car brush and water with a mild detergent. Regular washing of the garage door will reduce debris that can build up on the door that can cause it to age prematurely. You do not want to use a cleaner that is abrasive as it may damage the surface of the door. Salt should also not be used to melt snow near the door as it can corrode the hardware and other elements. Make sure to sweep up all leaves and debris in front of the door.

Lubrication

Lubricating the moving parts of your garage gate needs to be included in your maintenance strategy. A door that is properly lubricated will not stick. This can be done by using a light lubricating oil. You can find this type of oil at a local hardware store. Spray all the moving parts including all of the hinges and the rollers. Proper lubrication will keep the door operating efficiently as it opens and closes. Make sure to coat the springs for your garage door at least once a year.

Noisy Opener

The opener for your door may start to sound loud after regular use. This can be a sign that the door may be out of balance. Pull the emergency handle when the door is down. Lift the door up and let is close to see if the door is balanced. If the door is heavy to lift, then the springs may need to be adjusted.

Does Not Close

Newer garage doors have safety features that prevent the door from closing. Garage doors that will not close may need to have the sensors adjusted. These are small devices that are attached to the bottom of the track and need to see each other. If one sensor is misaligned, then the door will not close. Readjust the position of the sensors until the door closes properly.

Does Not Open

A garage door that does not open can indicate a couple or problems. One concern is that the springs on the door may be broken. The more likely cause is a bad motor unit. Test the motor by fist unplugging it from the electrical outlet. Plug a light or other device into the outlet to see if power is present. You may have a tripped circuit that needs to be reset. Most units have an overload protector. This will activate if the motor is overused. Wait a few minutes and try opening or … READ MORE ...

Winterizing Your Home to Save Money

The temperature has already dropped in most northern states, but that doesn’t mean it is too late to get your home buttoned up for the really cold winter months ahead.

Give yourself the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is prepared to weather the ice and snow efficiently – in other words, without costing you an arm or a leg.

Alicia on “Knowing your home”

It can be tempting to run everything in your home by the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” motto – not touching or thinking about maintaining an appliance until it dies or fails. When it comes to your house, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. For example, a dryer from 1985 that still works well and is problem-free probably has a filter system that isn’t working as well as it did the day it was purchased, which makes it a serious fire hazard. So, put your preventive-medicine hat on and get ahead of fires, leaks and other costly damages by enlisting a professional to check the pipes, and appliances like the refrigerator, washer/dryer, furnace and water heater.

Sarah on “Tracking warranties service plans”

Warranty papers and service plans, especially those that come on the actual product receipt, have a way of floating around kitchens, home offices, purses, pockets and dresser tops without ever landing in a permanent, easy-to-find spot. Think about taking some time now to round up the paperwork on all of your appliances and storing them in a designated file or folder. We recommend buying an inexpensive accordion file, titling it “Appliance files” and using it to safely house all of the warranties, service plans and receipts for important household items. Keep your file folder in an easily accessible spot, like a filing cabinet, utility closet or bookshelf and refer to it as needed. That way, if a professional checks an appliance, like your refrigerator, and finds it isn’t functioning properly, it doesn’t have to mean hundreds or even thousands down the drain.

Here are other key areas of your home/property you should winterize to save money.

#1: Check seals on doors windows

If the heated air is escaping your home through creaky, leaky doors and windows, you’ll be wasting hundreds of dollars heating your home. On the next blustery day, check to see if cold air is blowing in by holding your hand next to windows and doors. If you do find a drafty door, try an inexpensive fix – those sand-filled, fabric-covered draft stoppers for doors leading in and out of the house. For windows, check to be certain that they are properly closed and, and if you have them, that storm windows are in properly. Thick drapes are also helpful at nighttime, but during the day, be sure they’re open for windows that get direct sunlight.

#2: Check the chimney

Be sure yourfireplace damper is closed when there is no fire lighted. Think of it this way: Leaving the damper … READ MORE ...

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