Taking care of your garage door can save you money. In just a few minutes every few months, you can greatly increase the lifespan of your garage door. Our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair has put together this guide so you will know how to properly lubricate your garage door.
Start by Getting Rid of Dirt and Debris
Before you begin, close your garage door to give you access to the tracks. As with working on most anything electrical, make sure to unplug the opener before you begin. Next, take a damp cloth and wipe down your tracks.
If you have stubborn debris build-up, you can use your Shop-Vac to make sure you get everything. This is also a great way to easily clean the tops of your tracks that might be hard to reach. You can also use an automotive brake cleaner if you are having trouble clearing your tracks of all the dirt. Take your cloth and clear away any debris you might find on the rest of your garage door.
The Lubricant You Use and Where Not to Lubricate
When you are buying your lubricant, make sure you get one specifically for garage doors. Do not use oil or the popular brand WD-40. Tacky lubricants will attract dirt and cause excessive wear on your garage door.
One thing to keep in mind while lubricating your door is to make sure you don’t lubricate your tracks. It might seem like the logical thing to do but lubricated tracks are too slippery and can actually cause your door to come off the tracks. If you get any lubricant on your tracks, make sure to wipe it away.
The Parts of Your Door to Lubricate
Start by using the thin straw-like attachment to spray the bearings of your rollers. If you have nylon rollers, make sure you spray only the bearings and not the actual rollers. If you are having trouble seeing the bearings, spray the backside of the roller around where the shaft connects to your roller.
Drums and Cables
Next, move up your door and spray the cable, drums, and springs. You can use your cloth to make sure the lubricant gets evenly spread over these parts. The springs are at the top of your door and are typically black. The drums are the round plates connected to cables that run down on either side of the door.
Next, spray each of the hinges. Garage doors have about 4 sets of hinges that attach each of your panels. You can be generous with the lubricant and make sure each hinge is thoroughly covered.
Lastly, you are going to spray the chain inside of your rail. The rail is suspended from your ceiling and connects to your opener. Make sure you check your owner’s manual to see how often or if you even need to apply lubricant to the chain.
Call Us to Schedule Your Tune-Up
An important part of proper maintenance is to schedule a garage door professional to do a yearly tune-up of your system for you. Our team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is happy to help you get the most life out of your garage door system. Give us a call today to schedule your garage door maintenance.