Homeowners should ensure that the garage door is being cared for by a professional, with routine tune-ups, maintenance services, inspections, and repairs as they are needed in addition to the care and maintenance you provide to keep the garage door in premium condition. There are a few things that can be safely done by you, such as making sure the hardware is tight, cleaning the tracks, and equally important, keeping the necessary parts well-lubed. To help you manage the lube, we at United Garage Door Company would like to share the parts that should be lubed.
To What Parts of a Garage Door Should Lube Be Applied?
The moving parts move smooth with the proper application of lube. Lube contributes to the overall efficiency of the garage door, but it is not a cure for issues that may develop. Below are the following parts that should be kept adequately lubricated.
1) Locks. Use a shot of lubricant to improve the locks if there is resistance to open or the key gets stuck. Ensure the lubricant is added to the tumbler and the moving parts of the key-base lock.
2) Hinges. The steel hinges need a shot of lube at their pivot points, however the plastic hinges do not require lube. If the plastic hinges are lubed, they will corrode and eventually breakdown.
3) Rollers. Should you have rollers with nylon wheels that make contact with the track, make certain the lubricant is only applied to the bearings without getting any lubricant on the nylon itself. Metal rollers do not require such precision during the application, however, you do need to wipe away the excess lube in order to prevent dripping that will pool on the floor or your vehicle.
4) Springs. Multiple times a day, the garage’s torsion springs lift your garage door, and they too need a touch of lube. Apply enough lube that it is equally covered to offer improved movement, but not excessively that it drips.
5) Tracks. First wipe away the dust and debris from the tracks to remove the buildup that interferes with the function of the garage door’s opening and closing. The tracks do not need to be lubed, but when you lube the other parts, taking the time to clean off the tracks can promote efficiency with your garage door’s performance.
Use the Correct Garage Door Lubricant
Many homeowners are unsure what lube is appropriate in between professional maintenance services. For your garage door parts, stay away from WD-40; there is a lot of confusion with this product. Ideally used to improve metal parts movement, the WD-40 has rust-destroying and degreasing properties, its purpose is for cleaning, not lubricating. In lieu of WD-40, opt for a silicone spray or white lithium grease to lubricate those moving parts. They can inject into small moving parts, a useful touch, as well as won’t attract dust or gum up like mechanic’s grease or engine oil an aerosol. Keeping your garage door maintained with lube can eliminate loud noises and keep the garage door functioning smoothly.
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Open and close the door 3 times or so to distribute the lube evenly once you have applied the lubricant to the necessary elements. Follow any abnormal sounds you may during the process until find the source and evaluate the moving parts. Keep in mind that lube may not be enough, and the sound could be the parts protesting the wear and need to be replaced. To be sure, call for a professional inspection to properly diagnose. When your garage door requires professional services, call in the experts of United Garage Door Company and let our certified professionals provide routine maintenance, repairs, and replacement services for you.