Lube Your Garage Door Parts

After heading home from a long day at work, the last thing you want to hear is a noisy garage door when you go to pull the car in. But as garage door parts wear out, the inevitable screeching and banging comes along with it. A lot of people accept that this is a small price to pay to give their cars a haven from the outside elements and just put up with the noise. But it doesn’t have to be this way…with quick annual maintenance and proper lubrication, the added stress of subconsciously hearing that noisy garage door quickly melts away.

The garage door is simply warning you that its parts are dry and with some quick lubrication, it’ll be back to opening and closing quietly again.

The squeaks are secondary to what is really going on with your garage door. Since most people use their garage door as the primary source of entering and exiting the house, the garage door is constantly being used. As one of the largest moving parts on your house, the springs, rollers, hinges, and tracks all need to be looked at every once in a while.

Lube Up Your Garage Door Parts for Peace and Quiet

What to lubricate first depends on what kind of garage door system you have, but here are some parts that you want to pay attention to:

  • Garage door tracks: Although these don’t necessarily need lubrication, it’s good to clean off any dirt or dust that may get in the way of the door’s glide.
  • Check on the springs: The door’s springs are a main cause of what makes a door squeak, so you may want to spray them just enough to where they function better.
  • Grease up steel hinges: Lube up steel hinges at their axis points. Don’t worry about this step if you have plastic hinges because it lube can actually cause the plastic material to break down later.
  • Rollers help the wheels go ‘round and ‘round: If you notice that nylon wheels are what runs on the track, only grease up the bearings and try to avoid getting any lube on the nylon part. With all-metal rollers it doesn’t matter as much, but you’ll want to clear away any extra lubricant so that it doesn’t stain the floor.
  • Give your key locks a shot of lube: While you have it out, may as well grease up your key locks as well. Even when using the correct key, make sure if you have a pin tumbler lock that grease gets into all parts of the mechanism.

Once all of the parts are properly oiled up, open and close the garage door a few times to even it out. If there are still noises coming from the door, then try to pinpoint where they are at and determine if it just needs some lubricant or if it’s a more extensive problem.

Before even starting this project, make sure you are using the right kind of lubricant. Although WD-40 is a common degreaser that destroys rust, it can be bad for your garage door parts. Instead of WD-40, use a white lithium grease or silicone-based spray. Aerosols are great for garage door parts because it’s easier to get the lube into small moving mechanisms and aerosols don’t draw dust or glue up like regular grease or engine oil.

After lubing up all of your garage door parts, hopefully you’ll find opening and closing it smoother and quieter.

Prevent Garage Break Ins

Seven Ways to Avert Garage Door Break-Ins

Garages offer homeowners a lot of convenience, but it also can make your home more susceptible to burglaries. This article offers seven tips on protecting your garage from possible break-ins.

  1. Keep your garage door remote in a safe spot: A lot of people hang their remote from their car’s window shade or keep it in a console in the wide open where thieves or parking attendants can easily snag it. At least hide your garage door opener in the glove box to keep it out of sight.
  2. Cut off access to the garage door emergency release: Many garage doors have this feature, which allows people to pry open the door to get in. To prevent potential criminals from gaining access, simply zip tie the door closed.
  3. Keep the garage door closed: Although the garage makes easy access in and out of the house, remember that with the door open everyone can see what you store in there. Intelligent criminals will take something that can easily go unnoticed. A lot of burglars who are scouting a home will wait until an owner leaves their house and garage wide open before making their move.
  4. Your garage windows are a gateway: Windows in a garage are a nice feature, but keep in mind that this is a convenient way for burglars to access items in your garage. A quick solution to prevent criminals from scouting out your stuff is to cover the windows with cardboard or paper.
  5. Perform annual maintenance on your garage: Since the garage door is used so frequently to go in and out of the house, it is common for garage door springs and parts to wear out. This can inadvertently leave easy access for an unwanted guests. It’s best to call in a garage door professional or learn how to perform annual maintenance to keep your garage safe and secure.
  6. Set a hard-to-decipher code: Many newer garage doors come with key pads on the outside of the garage used to access it. If you have a code-based garage door opener, think of a code that only you would know (hint: don’t use 0000 or 1234).
  7. Think about installing a security camera: When a potential thief sees a video camera (whether it’s installed or not), they tend to think twice about breaking into the garage and being caught on film. Like using a fake owl to keep woodpeckers away, you can probably deter criminals by perching a fake camera above your garage.

Luckily, all of these are low-cost proactive solutions that are easy to implement and can help avoid filing a police report when something goes missing out of your garage.

What to Do When the Garage Door Needs a Tune-Up

Since older garage doors weigh anywhere from 250-400 pounds, the weight of it and disintegrating hardware can make opening and closing the door a potential cause of accidents. A lot of people use the garage as the main point of entry and exiting the home, so it’s important to make sure that your garage door is holding up properly with the constant opening and closing.

Garage Door Needs a Tune-Up.

This article covers how to upgrade your garage door so that it’s safe. We will cover how to accurately install a garage door with tension spring and DIY tightening. Installing a new door only takes about a day and can save hundreds of dollars. Although most of this project can be done alone, you want to find some friends to help you get rid of the worn-out door.

To begin tuning your garage door, start with releasing the tautness on the extension springs that are attached to the side by raising the door and securing it in place with a C-clamp or locking pliers. Then fasten the spring to the track and remove the cable from the lower bracket using pliers.

There are two styles of door springs out there, which are:

Torsion: these mount above the door.

Extension: these drift above the top roller track.

Extension springs used to be safer to implement, but back then they didn’t have constraining cables in them. Without those cables, the springs can break, becoming dangerous, swinging whips. Extension springs also may to be louder. You should only really use them if you don’t have the 12 inches of overhead space that are required for torsion springs.

Torsion springs also can be better than extension springs in the sense that they are safer, quieter and easier to adjust when they start to get loose. With torsion springs, you don’t have it banging against the roller track and when one breaks, it just stays near the bar. Plus, torsion springs are easy to adjust, allowing you to perfectly balance the door.

Setting the pressure on garage door springs used to be very hazardous, but now easy, DIY tensioning kits are out there. If you don’t use a system like TorqueMaster or Clopay Spring EZ-Set, then it’s best to hire a garage door professional to set the torsion springs safely.

How to install the roller tracks.

After locking the door in place, install the upright roller tracks by fitting the curvatureon the rollers. You are aiming to have the upper part of the tracks to be about eight inches below the top section. Finish this step before moving onto the upper tracks. Check the top part to see that the vertical roller tracks are in line with each other. The lowest of them should be one-eighth inch off of the floor. After making sure the vertical tracks are mounted and leveled properly, you can continue to install the horizontal tracks.

A regular double door is seven feet high by about 16 feet wide and a single door has about half that width. Since garage doors are big, only a few home improvement centers keep a lot of them on the shelves, so it might save some time by just ordering one than looking everywhere for one in particular. Garage doors are generally made out of wood, steel and fiberglass, with steel doors being the lightest and most affordable.

Steel doors are also the easiest to find in the market and can have a high insulating value. There are generally three kinds of steel made for garage doors, including: just steel, a steel door insulating one side, or doors with steel covering it and up to two inches of insulation. Adding insulated windows to the garage door will make it more expensive, too. DIY tensioning processes can add to the door’s cost, so make sure to know exactly what you are looking for.

While in the process of installing a new door, you might as well replace all of the hardware also. If you have an instinctive opener that doesn’t have a photoelectric eyes in the reversing system, it would be good to switch it out. Doors that come with openers generally include a support strap and an opening bracket (which probably didn’t come with the kit and you will have to buy separately). If the door’s tension springs are located above the door, it’s safer to just spend a little bit of money to call a garage door pro come in and release the pressure.

When the new door is installed, get rid of the old stopping material on the outside of it and switch it out with a rubber weather strip gasket. With the door closed, install the stop material with the gasket leaning up against it at a 45-degree angle.

The keys to having a safe garage door:

  • Keep your door lightweight. Double doors with insulation, even the heftiest ones, usually weigh up to 200 pounds less than half of a wooden door. Although weight really isn’t a problem if the springs have proper tension, they are still subject to weakening and eventually breaking.
  • Look for a door that has section designs that are pinch-free. The most common injury is smashed fingers and toes, so try to keep a basic design where that can’t happen.
  • When worn-out springs break, they can swing anywhere and everywhere hard, taking out people or damaging vehicles in its unpredictable path. But luckily now garage door manufacturers offer springs with containment cables integrated in them. Even if you decide to keep your old door, have a procome install new extension springs with containment cables.
  • Now all automatic door openers have an automatic reversing device in them. Photoelectric eyes close to the floor will cause the door to reverse if the beam is interrupted. If the photoelectric system isn’t attached, then the door will fail to operate.
  • Make sure that the spring brackets are securely attached to the header of the door. The roller track brackets and opener need to be strongly mounted to the roof.
  • Every year do an annual maintenance check to make sure all of the bolts of the roller tracks and rails are securely fastened. Make sure that the cables are still in good shape and not worn down or frayed. Use a special garage door lube on the rollers and springs to keep everything running smoothly. You want to make sure it’s quiet and the door is properly balanced. If your door isn’t balanced, simply disconnect your opener and let the door down halfway to check if it holds its place. If it doesn’t, correct the springs’ tautness or replace them.
  • Keep kids out of the way of the opener switch by installing it at least five feet above the ground.

 

How to Troubleshoot Your Garage Door Remote

Whether you call it a clicker, visor button or opener, the garage door remote offers safety and convenience. Once in a while, it stops working and just like that, you can’t open or close the garage door anymore. What do you do next? You need to troubleshoot your garage door remote. Replacing your garage door system is a wise choice if it was manufactured before 1999. Finding replacement remotes for models no longer in production is costly and challenging. We offer garage door operators compatible with the latest features and technologies. However, if you don’t have the budget to buy a new garage door opener, here are a few simple tips to troubleshoot your garage door remote.

Troubleshoot Your Garage Door Remote

#1 Replace Circuit Board
Extreme weather conditions often cause power outages. With the power out, high winds, snow, ice and other extreme temperatures can damage the circuit board in the garage door operator. Have a professional come and inspect your system to determine if you need a replacement.
#2 Check Locks
Your remote might not be working because your garage door is locked. This is usually the case with garage doors that feature a “vacation” lock mode. When your garage door is on “vacation”, remotes won’t respond. Check all the locks, especially if you’ve been away from home.
#3 Reconnect Operator
Another reason why the opener is not working might be that the operator is disconnected. Check by opening the garage door manually. If you can open it by hand, it means it is not connect. Reconnect the operator and try the remote again.
#4 Check the Battery
In some cases, the battery might be corroded and in need of replacing. If a battery has a white or green crust, it is probably leaking acid. Make sure it does not come in direct contact with skin.
#5 Clean Battery Terminals
Inspect battery terminals for corrosion and use emery boards to clean it off. If the battery is loose, gently adjust the battery terminals by squeezing them towards each other to make sure they are in contact.
#6 Reprogram Remote
If all above solutions don’t resolve the problem, try reprogramming the garage door remote. Instructions should be available in the manual.
#7 Open with Exterior Keypad
The keypad functions on the same radio frequencies as the remote. Therefore, if the keypad doesn’t work, the opener might not be the only thing wrong with your garage door. Enter your pin and open or close it with the button as usual. If nothing happens, call in a pro.
#8 Test Safety Sensors
If you look at the bottom of the opening of your garage door, you should see the small LED lights of the sending and receiving eye. These lights are located on either side of the track and serve as indicators when there is a problem.
If nothing is wrong, both LED lights should be on. If the lights are blinking or are not on at all, check the manual to see what it means. You may have to follow troubleshooting instructions as outlined in the manual.
If the owner’s manual doesn’t offer any advice to solve the problem, use a soft cloth to wipe the lens of the lights. Make sure they are aligned. If they are not solidly lit, contact a professional for an inspection and repairs.
#9 Test Buttons
A well-functioning remote only needs to be pushed once to open and close the garage door. If you have to do it a few more times or it sticks when you press, it needs to be replaced. Soft and sticky buttons are a sign that your remote has reached the end its road.
#10 Replace Remote
As mentioned earlier, older models are best replaced. You can get a master remote that can operate a range of garage door systems made from 1993 onwards.

If you would like a more visual description on how to troubleshoot your garage door remote…you may want to check out this video….or give us a call today!