Garage Door Maintenance | DIY 

Routine general maintenance and lubrication on your garage door are essential to ensure a component life and safe operation of the door. Most of the component failure can prevent if you do some basic Maintenance once in every Six months. In this article, we will explain some necessary actions that you can do and which will help you maintain a long life of the door and its hardware.

Your garage door has many moving parts, and there is a lot of Metal to Metal friction that requires lubrication on a regular basis. Proper and friction lubrication is the most important DIY you can do and to avoid future failure of the hardware.

Before you start working on your door, we recommend doing the following

  • Always use safety gloves while working on the door.
  • Unplug the garage door opener from its electrical outlet.
  • Release the arm that attached the door to the opener.

    garage door arm openr
    Release the arm from the top

Inspection Of Your Garage Door

  • Do a visual inspection of the cables, make sure to check the bottom attachment point of the cables and cable loop is attached to the cable bracket.

    Garage Door Cable Loop
    Cable Loop
  • Inspect the tracks. Move your hands on tracks and remove any specks of dirt. Also, try to feel for misalignments of the tracks.
  • Check the track brackets to make sure they all are tides and secured, and there are no moving parts.
  • Check Rollers ball bearings and shafts.

Garage Door Lubrication

  • Use Lithium Grease to lubricate the rollers ball bearings and the shafts – Don’t spray the tracks.

    Show how to lubricate rollers on garage door
    Spray directly on the rollers
  • Lubricate Torsion Spring (Coil Spring): If your door operates with extension springs there is no reason to lubricate it. If it works with Torsion Spring, you will need to spray the coils, from the upper side of the spring.
    Show how to lubricate torsion spring

    Start at the edge of the spring, and spray towards all the spring. The oil will spread to the bottom of the coils and will contribute to smooth operation, will reduce noises, and will provide a long spring life. (You can find more valuable information on garage door spring here)
  • Spray the shaft where it passes to the End Bearing of the Spring, do the same on the center bearing and shaft. If your door uses Two Springs coil, spray the center bearing between the coils.
    End Bearing of coil spring
  • Check the proper function of your lock and also Lubricate its Mechanism.
  • Check and Tighten all Fasteners. The door hinges may get loose over the time. Therefore it is important to check your hardware to make sure the fasteners are tight. A loose hinge can lead to a bigger problem. By doing that, you are sure preventing failure and helping your door to stay in working order for an extended period.

Test the door

The door at the moment, is unattached from the opener. Therefore you can open and close it Manually. Slide the door up and down, make sure it slide easily and there is nothing that affects its sliding. You can also lubricate the tracks when the door is in open position.

Final

Now, Re-attach the arm to the garage door opener and plug in the opener into the electrical outlet. Use the electrical opener to open and close the door to make sure it is working fine. 

If you still need professional service on your garage door, or garage door maintenance – Please contact us at
(508) 217-7917

 

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