Your garage door is the largest and heaviest moving part of your house and it can be a big hassle when it stops working. Regular garage door maintenance is critical to keeping it functioning properly. Here are a couple simple tips to help you maintain your garage door.
- Lubricate the springs, the hinges, and if you have them, steel rollers. Do not lubricate plastic rollers or sealed bearing nylon rollers
- Use a spray lubricant. Professionals will use a non-silicone based lubricant, however, silicone based lubricants are more readily available for retail purchase
- Do not use WD-40
- Do not put grease in the tracks
- Lubricate your garage door opener according to the manufacturers recommendations in your owners manual
Regularly test the balance of your garage door
- With the door closed, release the door from the opener (by pulling the red manual-release cord). You should be able to lift your garage door easily.
- Once the door is three-to-four feet in the air, gently release the door. The door should hang in the opening, not moving up or down more than about six inches.
If the door is difficult to lift because it is too heavy, or if the door will not stand still in the opening when you release it, performing garage door maintenance will not be enough. At this point, your garage door needs to be serviced by a qualified technician.
If you have any questions about garage door maintenance, contact Door Doctor West for help or call us at 602-495-1555 to schedule an appointment.