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.