There are several reasons why you should lubricate your garage door. The biggest reason is that it will allow it to function better and last longer without repairs. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair put together a short guide telling you which parts of your door needs lubrication.
Use The Right Lubrication
Before we get into the parts that need to be lubricated, we want to point out that you need to use the right product. There are lubrications that are specifically formulated for garage door parts. It’s important that you use those formulas, or it can cause more damage to your system than it helps it.
For example, WD-40 might be your go-to for squeaky doors, but it is the worst type of lubricant for your garage door. You need to use a silicone spray or white lithium grease. For ease of use, go with an aerosol spray.
Here is a list of the parts that need to be lubricated:
If you have metal hinges, then go ahead and lubricate those. However, avoid applying the product to plastic parts. The sprays can actually cause the plastic to break down, leading to repairs in the future.
You won’t actually lubricate the tracks, rather, you’ll apply it to the rollers. However, it can get build-up on the tracks from the lubricant on the rollers. Clean it out in order for your door to run smoothly. You can use a dry rag to wipe down the buildup of old lubrication.
If the locks on your door are getting stuck, this is an area where you can apply WD-40. Or, you can stick with the garage door formula for it as well. Spray a little bit on the locks and then turn them back and forth to spread out the product.
Lightly spray down the springs on your garage door. Whether you have torsion springs or extension springs, both need a small amount of lubricant to work well. If it starts dripping, wipe up with a towel.
Many homeowners have nylon rollers. If that is the case for you, you’ll want to make sure the silicone spray only gets on the bearings. Wipe off anything that gets on the nylon itself. This can break down the material of the rollers.
Even Out The Lubricant
After you apply the spray to all of the necessary parts, open and close your door several times. This will help spread out the silicon or grease. If you still hear noise or find that the door isn’t moving properly, then you may need to add more to the parts.
Contact us Today For Maintenance
If you would like one of our technicians to come out and handle the maintenance for your door, let us know. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair would be happy to schedule a time to work on your system. Call now so that one of our team members can help you.