A garage door is meant to cover the garage and protect your vehicles and equipments lying inside it. A door can be operated manually or via an automatic garage door opener.
Need For Lubrication
Whether your garage door is manual or mechanic, it requires periodic lubrication of its various parts that may get rusty over time. Lubricating springs, chains, hinges and rollers is utmost important to keep the door functional reliably for many years. You can use standard lubricating oil for the rusted parts of the door. Generally, manufacturers provide a manual that has all the specific instructions about how to care for the garage door and its opener.
You will need the following items to start the lubrication process:
- Lubricating oil or silicone spray
- A stool
- Protection eyewear
Steps For Lubricating A Garage Door
Follow these four steps, when lubricating your garage door:
- Get inside the garage door and close it. Look at all the moving parts of the door that you think require oiling – hinges, springs, chains, etc.
- Clean the door parts that you will be lubricating such as springs, hinges and rollers of any dust, cobwebs that may have built up. Use a stool to reach those parts and clean the overhead track system and the rollers carefully.
- After cleaning, spray a small amount of lubricating oil directly onto the springs, chains and other moving parts. Keep the door halfway open and repeat the process. This is necessary to ensure that all the lubricating oil reaches all the moving parts of the door. Open and close the door a few times to let the oil begin lubrication of the rusted moving parts. Use more lubricant till all the parts are properly lubricated. Clean away any oil that drips down with a clean cloth.
- Reach the upper garage door track area with the help of a stool. Spray some lubricant oil onto the rollers that are attached to the track and on the springs that operate the opening system. Open and close the door a few times to let the lubricant spread all over the moving parts. Wipe clean any dripping oil.
Finally, a word of caution. Make sure you wear protective glasses during the lubrication process as oil may spray back and damage your eyes. Also, avoid lubricating the door tracks, simply lubricate the rollers. You can use a soft cloth to clean the door tracks, if necessary.
Keeping garage doors lubricated will help them function effectively and for longer. Make sure you check the functioning of your garage door periodically. Keep an eye on its moving parts and if you find any faulty part, get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
At Promaster Garage Doors & Windows, our professionals are skilled to handle any kind of garage door repair, replacement and installation job in a timely and efficient manner.