If you've been following our Noisy Garage Door Repair series, you've already tightened garage door bolts and replaced worn garage door rollers and hinges, if needed. Now it's time to make sure everything can move freely.
When a garage door creates noises that make your hair stand on end, it's often because its moving parts aren't lubricated appropriately. That metal on metal noise can be excruciating, and sound something like this Jurassic period dinosaur.Before you start lubricating your garage door parts, make sure to refer to your owners manual for proper maintenance, supplies, and technique.
- Garage doors that roll along a track drive can benefit from a large dollop of grease spread along the track. (wear gloves!).
- Open and shut your garage door several times to spread the grease equally along the track and into the trolley.
- Spray all torsion ball bearings, pivot points, hinges, springs, and roller bearings (those without seals) with the appropriate garage door lubricant.
- The use of specialized garage door lube is important as it penetrates the needed parts and dries tackless so it won't attract dust. Don't go the cheaper route for this step; other oils and spray lubricants attract dirt and will gum up to create larger, more expensive problems later on.
- Make a note on your calendar to do this again in six months to keep your garage store humming along (instead of screeching).
This ends our three-part series on fixing noisy garage doors. How does your garage door sound now?
If you still need help or a professional opinion, Overhead Door of Yankton and Overhead Door of Sioux City are here to help. We'll walk you through the signs of when to repair or replace your garage door, make appropriate fixes as necessary to keep your garage door working as it should be.
Garage door maintenance is not for the faint of heart or the light of skills. Every garage door and garage door repair situation is different and carries with it different maintenance tools, parts, skills, and requirements. Do not attempt to repair your garage without the proper experience or without being completely aware of the risks involved. Please schedule a service appointment and refer to your garage door manual for additional maintenance tips and guidance. Further garage door repair and maintenance tips can be found at www.doors.org.