How to Lubricate a Garage Door
A squeaky garage door is a sign that the door’s opening mechanisms need to be greased. All the moving parts on your garage door that are made of metal should be greased once a year. This simple maintenance step will reduce the risk of rust developing and extend the life of your garage door. Properly lubricating the garage door will help it open easily and quietly.
How to Choose the Right Garage Door Lubricant
The best lubricant for garage doors is a lithium-based grease or silicone spray that is specifically made for garage doors. Generic lubricants like WD-40 aren’t as good for garage doors because they tend to attract dirt and dust. You should never use oil on a garage door for the same reason.
Garage door lubricants are specifically designed to keep your door in good shape. Most garage door lubricants are available as an aerosol in a spray can. Be sure to get one with an attachable straw so you can grease tight spots.
How to Grease a Garage Door
1. Unplug the Garage Door Opener
Close the garage door. Then, turn off the garage door opener by unplugging the power cord from the outlet before you get started. This is an important safety precaution. If you can’t reach the plug, cut the power by turning off that breaker in your circuit box.
2. Grease the Steel Hinges
Manually open the door partially to access the hinges. Spray each steel hinge once or twice so that it is evenly covered. Applying lubricant to these pivot points will help your door open and close smoothly. (Skip this step if your garage door has plastic hinges. Garage door lubricants can damage plastic hinges.)
3. Grease the Springs & Bearing Plates
Spray lubricant onto the outside of the springs attached to the top of the door. Also, spray the center of the bearing plates attached to the springs. Manually open and close the door to help the grease spread around.
Any time the springs get noisy, repeat this step. If you notice that the springs are bent or damaged, they should be replaced.
4. Grease the Rail
Spray lubricant across the top of the rail that the chain moves along. Run a dry rag along the greased rail to evenly distribute the lubricant. (You don’t need to spray lubricant onto the chain because it has a natural protectant on it. You also don’t need to spray the bottom of the rail since it plays no role in the opening process.)
5. Grease the Rollers
Insert the lubricant’s straw into the rollers and spray the small ball bearings inside. You do not need to grease the outside of the rollers. Wipe away any grease that drips onto the tracks.
6. Clean the Tracks
You should not grease the garage door tracks. Instead, wipe down the insides of the tracks with a damp rag to remove dirt and debris. Apply a little automotive brake cleaner to the rag to remove tough dirt. You can also use the extension hose on your vacuum to clean out the grime in hard-to-reach places. Cleaning the tracks will prevent the rollers from getting stuck.
You can consult the owner’s manual for your garage door to make sure you’ve greased all the correct components. If the door is still making a loud sound when you open or close it, give us a call! We specialize in garage door repair and service. Our team at Safe Way Garage Door Repair & Service can diagnose the problem and fix it for you.