Top 7 Garage Door Maintenance Tips For Homeowners

  • By A Plus 1 Garage Doors
  • 23 Feb, 2017

The moving parts on your garage door are what need the lubrication; the hinges and springs are most important.

Top 7 Garage Door Maintenence Tips For Homeowners

Garage Door Failure

Has your garage door  or garage  door opener  ever failed you? If so you probably quickly realized what a luxury having an automatic garage door is. The garage door opener is not something we give any extra thought to until we are trapped in the garage and need out ASAP.  

Can I Prevent Garage Door Repairs?

An off track door could cost you a couple hundred dollars, a broken spring A hundred or so more, a new opener is also three to five hundred dollars. These are prices of an honest company, if you choose a company poorly you could pay much more for the same repairs. A home is definitely an investment but let’s face it the garage isn’t where most of us want to spend that money.

So, is it possible to prevent Garage door repairs?  The answer is yes and no, you can prolong the life of the major parts and catch potential issues before they become a major problem or safety concern, but eventually father time will have his way.

Lubricating Your Garage Door

There are only a few things a home owner can do to keep their overhead garage door in optimal operating condition, and none of them are very difficult, most people simply do not know what to do. Lubricating your garage door is vital.

Naturally, that brings some questions, question number 1 generally is what kind of lubricant should I use, and where can I buy it?

What type of Garage door lube should I use?

Most people tend to run for WD-40. wrong answer. DO NOT use WD -40 unless you buy WD-40 3 in 1. The important factor is that whatever lubricant you pick up must be dual action, meaning it penetrates as well as lubricates. If you look on the can and it specifically mentions it is for garage doors, hinges or springs it is acceptable.

Here are a couple of name brand examples of garage door lube you can find at your local hardware store. Blaster does the job but it does leave a bit of film so I like the 3 in 1 better.
Garage door lube
Here are a couple of name brand examples of garage door lube you can find at your local hardware store. Blaster does the job but it does leave a bit of film so I like the 3 in 1 better.

Where do I Lube My Garage Door?
OK great so now you have your Lube but where to spray?  Should you lube the track? No. OK well how about the drums? surely we want the cables to slide smooth right? Wrong and wrong.

DO NOT Grease The Track

It used to be commonplace for people to grease the tracks of their garage door, in an effort to get the door to slide easier. Well your overhead door is suppose to roll not slide so if it’s not rolling there is another issue at hand and you should call a professional not attempt to mask the problem.  Greasing the track can actually make the door stick in the winter time, which could lead to a costly panel repair or replacement when your  garage door opener attempts to open the door that’s stuck shut.

Lube Hinges and Springs

The moving parts on your garage door are what need the lubrication: the hinges and springs are key here. In case you may be unfamiliar with these parts let me show you what they look like:

Inspect Hinges to ensure they are not cracked or loose. Tighten or replace as needed.
Be sure to spray the springs overhead of your garage door liberally. If you see a broken spring like the one pictured here, call a professional ASAP.
The only other part of the door that may need some lube would be your rollers, only lubricate the rollers if they are made of plastic and have no bearings in them. The ones you can lube look like this:
These are OK to be lubricated because they do not have bearings: if your rollers have bearings and you spray them with lube, you will ruin them.

How Often Should I Lube My Garage Door?

 You should lubricate your door every 6 months.

Inspect and Balance Test Your Garage Door

First thing to do is a visual inspection of your garage door and all its parts.

We already discussed the hinges and springs, but you should also make sure the wheel isn’t coming disconnected from the shaft on the rollers, as this can cause an off track door. Also, be sure to check your cables from top to bottom ( this may require a step ladder.) to ensure they are not fraying.

Lastly, disconnect your  opener from your garage door   (Only when its closed!)   and lift your door up half way and let go. If your door just sits there it is balanced. If your door falls it is what we call a “heavy door”  and you should call a professional immediately  . A heavy door can put unnecessary strain on your opener and other parts of the door or even worse cause injury to a family member or pet.

This test should be completed once a year. This service from a company (if you choose to hire it out) should be no more that $40 a door.

By A Plus 1 Garage Doors 23 Feb, 2017

Garage Door Failure

Has your garage door  or garage  door opener  ever failed you? If so you probably quickly realized what a luxury having an automatic garage door is. The garage door opener is not something we give any extra thought to until we are trapped in the garage and need out ASAP.  

Can I Prevent Garage Door Repairs?

An off track door could cost you a couple hundred dollars, a broken spring A hundred or so more, a new opener is also three to five hundred dollars. These are prices of an honest company, if you choose a company poorly you could pay much more for the same repairs. A home is definitely an investment but let’s face it the garage isn’t where most of us want to spend that money.

So, is it possible to prevent Garage door repairs?  The answer is yes and no, you can prolong the life of the major parts and catch potential issues before they become a major problem or safety concern, but eventually father time will have his way.

Lubricating Your Garage Door

There are only a few things a home owner can do to keep their overhead garage door in optimal operating condition, and none of them are very difficult, most people simply do not know what to do. Lubricating your garage door is vital.

Naturally, that brings some questions, question number 1 generally is what kind of lubricant should I use, and where can I buy it?

What type of Garage door lube should I use?

Most people tend to run for WD-40. wrong answer. DO NOT use WD -40 unless you buy WD-40 3 in 1. The important factor is that whatever lubricant you pick up must be dual action, meaning it penetrates as well as lubricates. If you look on the can and it specifically mentions it is for garage doors, hinges or springs it is acceptable.

Here are a couple of name brand examples of garage door lube you can find at your local hardware store. Blaster does the job but it does leave a bit of film so I like the 3 in 1 better.
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