Is your garage door making noises it shouldn’t? Get rid of all that racket with a few easy steps and learn some valuable information on how to keep it that way! The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door of Austin has a few tips on how to lubricate your noisy door. Call us with your garage door questions.
What Lubrication to Use
First things first, you do not want to use oil to lubricate your garage door as it is a degreaser. Find a lithium base spray at your local hardware store. Lithium base sprays will leave a nice thick coat of grease without dripping off into other parts in your garage door structure. Using the oil can leave behind a mess which can result in damage or drip onto your vehicle.
If you are not able to locate lithium, your best next option would be a silicone based spray. Anything is better than using an oil base like WD40 to lubricate your garage door.
How to Properly Grease
Believe it or not, there is a proper way to grease that garage door. Depending on how tall you are, a ladder may come in handy. The garage door opener which is attached to the ceiling will need a little touching up.
Before you start spraying anything, be sure to have the garage door closed. To maintain and keep your garage door in good standing for as long as possible, spray all moving parts. These include:
As an additional note, when spraying the bearings, if they are loose, you may want to look into ultimately replacing them as lubrication will not change its current state.
One last thing, you will need to spray the top of the rail which is gripped by the trolley. Most of the noises may be coming from the friction created from the rail and trolley running up and down each time the garage door is activated.
What Not to Grease
The garage door chain, which sits in the track, is apart of the garage door opener. It does not need to be greased. The chain leaves the manufacturer with a protective coat, which is expected to last as long as the life of the motor. If you feel the need or see that the chain may have some build up, then that is when you can use WD-40 to help with the moisture.
A simple damp cloth can be used to clean by wiping it down. The track does not need to be greased either. A good cleaning should do the track some good as well. If you have used oil on your track before, you will see a collection of dirt and dust build up and become concrete over a period of time. Another reason not to use oil.
Call Us Today For Garage Door Maintenance
We understand and are passionate about garage doors. Give us a call at Neighborhood Garage Door of Austin to get you up-to-date with all the best tips and styles on your garage door. We can’t wait to hear from you.