How To Perform DIY Garage Door Maintenance

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The average garage door can last anywhere from 15 years to 30 years. Replacing a garage door can be expensive, so it's important to perform routine maintenance on it to extend its lifespan. 

Luckily, there are a lot of garage door maintenance tasks that you can do yourself instead of hiring a professional. 

Check out this guide to discover how to perform maintenance on your garage door. 

1. Lubricate Any Moving Parts 

If your garage door is making any loud squeaking, squealing, or shrieking noises, then you need to lubricate the moving parts. To do this, purchase a lithium-based lubricant. These lubricants typically come in spray cans. 

Apply the lubricant to the hinges of the garage door, spritzing each hinge with one or two sprays. Make sure to hit right where the hinge and the bend of the track meet. 

Whether you should lubricate your rollers will depend on the material they're made from. If your rollers are made from nylon, don't lubricate them. However, metal rollers should be lubricated. You can use a thin hose attachment to spray lubricant inside the metal rollers. 

If you notice any exposed ball bearings, lubricate those as well. Also, find the springs at the top of your garage door and give those a spray of lubricant too. You should also lubricate the bearing plates, which are the circular parts next to the springs. Make sure to lubricate the center and the sides of the plates. 

Also, take time to lubricate the garage door lock if you notice that you have trouble locking and unlocking your garage door. 

2. Clean the Garage Door Tracks 

Cleaning the tracks can also make it easier for you to open and close your garage door with less noise. Take a clean rag and wipe off all debris from the tracks. 

Make sure to do this task with the garage door shut so you don't accidentally send it crashing down. 

3. Fix Clattering By Tightening Nuts, Bolts, and Hinges 

If you notice that your garage door is clattering and rattling, it's time to do some tightening. Indoor temperature fluctuations can cause your metal nuts, bolts, and hinges to contract and expand. This then causes your door hardware to loosen over time. 

The best way to fix this is to tighten everything up. Start by tightening the bolts that fasten the rails to the support brackets. Make sure to check the roller brackets for any signs of damage. Be careful not to remove the lower roller bracket, as doing so can cause your garage door to collapse. 

4. Change Out the Rollers 

The rollers along the edge of your garage door help minimize friction. Any damage to your garage door rollers can result in serious problems. Keep an eye out for rollers that are cracked, chipped, or worn out. If you notice any issues with your rollers, you need to replace them immediately. 

You can purchase new garage door rollers from your local hardware store. To complete the project, you'll also need clamps, pliers, a prybar, and a large flathead screwdriver. 

Open your garage door all the way, and place the clamp on the track about two-thirds of the way up the garage door opening. Then, pull on the attached release rope to release your garage door from the power opener. For added safety, unplug your garage door opener from the outlet. 

Next, bend the top part of the track slightly open with pliers. Line the first roller up with the opening, and use a flathead screwdriver to wedge between the track and the roller. Then,  pry the old roller out of the track, and slide the new roller into place. 

Roll your garage door down to the next roller and repeat the same process for all of the bottom rollers. To replace the top rollers, you'll need to bend the track back into alignment and roll the garage door all the way open. 

Next, bend a middle section of the track of the overhead part. It can be helpful to have someone spot the door to ensure it doesn't slip from the track and hit you in the head. 

5. Check the Balance of Your Garage Door 

An unbalanced garage door results from a spring breaking on either side. When a garage door tips to one side, it causes the power garage opener to carry a heavier load. 

This can cause the motors to eventually wear out, and after some time, the garage door may stop working completely. To balance out your garage door, take a look at the extension spring door. Take the tension off the spring door by opening it as wide as you can without hitting the opener's stop bolt. 

Then, place a clamp on both sides of the track to keep the garage door in place. Remove all the safety cables from the springs before you loosen the springs. Take the spring off the garage door bracket that's opposite the hanger. 

Then, loosen the clamps and let the door rest on the ladder below. Step safely away from the springs and move the garage door up and down to check for the balance. From here, you can decide if the springs need further adjustment. 

You may also find that you need to purchase new Garage Door Torsion Springs

Are You Ready to Perform Maintenance On Your Garage Door? 

Now that you've read this guide, it's time for you to perform maintenance on your garage door. With these maintenance tips, you may be able to add a few years of life to your garage door. 

Be sure to check back in with our blog for more garage door maintenance tips. 


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