If you own a home with a garage, then you have one of the ultimate conveniences in life. You have a safe space to pull your car in and out without having to worry about rain and snow, or you might just use the storage space for work projects and exercise. Still, regardless of how often or little your garage door opens and closes, you need to maintain it, and keeping the garage door track in good working order goes a long way towards maximizing the life of your system and preventing costly repairs later.
Fortunately, garage door tracks do not need as much maintenance or attention as other parts that might start acting weird like wireless openers or break down like the springs. So, you do not have to check out the track too often. Just twice a year is often enough. When you look it over, you pretty just want to make sure that the alignment is still good and that nothing is obstructing the pathways.
You might want to check out your garage door track a little more often if your garage is not heated or cooled like the rest of the house, which is a common choice that cuts down on utility costs. The reason for this is that if the track is subject to more temperature swings, it might actually contract and expand a little bit. In fact, that part of the house might swell or shrink just a little.
This variation is never enough for the naked eye to notice, but even half an inch can be enough to stress the tracking out of position a little, which can lead up to problems over time. Frequent inspections though will usually reveal issues before they are actual problems.