Keeping Your Garage Door Lubricated: How and Why?

While maintaining your garage door may not be top of mind or even high on your priority list at all, it is an important measure to take to ensure the safety of yourself and the rest of your household. An essential aspect to the maintenance of your garage door is keeping it properly lubricated. Garage doors that do not have adequate lubrication may become noisy and uncooperative, and may eventually even cease to function properly at all. While this task isn’t something that needs to be done every weekend, it is recommended to perform this chore every six months or so. If this is a project that you would like to DIY, read on to discover some of our suggestions. 

Before You Begin

Prior to beginning this garage door lubrication, there are a few things to get done. Ensure that every part of your garage door is in good repair and any potentially loose screws or bolts have been tightened properly. It is important to tighten screws enough to be secure but not to overtighten them as well. Keep an eye out for any rusty or broken parts and replace them immediately. Carefully inspect the rollers and track system, making sure that no rollers have come off the track and that no part of the track is broken or bent. Look at the hinges of your door and see if any are loose or rusty or poorly connected. Check out the spring or chain and ensure that it is not rusted or faulty. Only after completing these preliminary checks should you begin lubricating your garage door. 

How to Lubricate Your Garage Door

There are many moving parts to your garage door. Each one of these should be properly lubricated to prevent any potential problems. In order to ensure that you have addressed each area that needs lubrication, we have outlined a general order to accomplish this task. 

Begin by closing your garage door completely and cutting off the power to your garage door opener. This ensures that no one will accidentally bump the remote clicker, causing you bodily harm. Carefully wipe down the entire track system, both inside and out with a warm washcloth. If you run into difficult-to-remove grime, utilize brake cleaner to loosen it up. While you want to clean the tracks, you do not want to lubricate them. 

Next, lubricate each hinge on your garage door. Sometimes it is necessary to manually open your garage door so you can lubricate them in their entirety where they bend. If you do open your door, be sure to place it back in a closed position before continuing on. 

Turn your attention to the rollers that are set inside the track system. Wipe down any debris that has collected on them, and then lubricate every part of the roller itself, even the ball bearings that exist inside the rollers. If excess lubrication builds up, wipe it off to ensure an evenly balanced system. 

Next you want to lubricate your garage door springs. Ensuring proper lubrication of this aspect of your garage door system helps to prevent rusting and potential breakage of your spring. Similar to with the hinges, you may need to open and close the door to make sure every part is covered with the lubricant. 

Additional Tips

Your garage door system should be lubricated approximately every six months, however, you should always keep an eye on the moving parts to ensure that they all remain properly lubricated between tune-ups as well. While we rarely see harsh winters in Las Vegas, it is also important to verify that the lubricant you are using is rated for all weather conditions. In addition, choosing the right lubricant can make or break the success of your maintenance. You want to avoid degreasers such as WD-40 and similar products, since they often result in a steadily growing collection of dirt and grime. If you aren’t quite sure where to start, or find yourself not comfortable handling the lubrication process for your garage door, contact the experts at Automated Miami and see how we can help you today!