Garage Door Lubricant: What’s Its Purpose?

Heading home after a long day of work decreases your stress levels instantly—at least until you hear that sound again. You know which sound. The sounds your garage door makes is a symphony of screeching, groaning, and banging that ruins your day and angers the rest of your family.

Don’t learn to live with this unpleasant noise just because you think there’s no other choice, there’s still hope for your sanity. Garage doors make these noises because they’re in need of lubrication.

Lubrication Is Key to Garage Door Health 

Of course, the mysterious orchestra of noises that your garage door is producing isn’t just about annoying sounds, it’s a bigger indication of problems that are going unattended. Multiple parts of your garage door require frequent lubricating. This makes sense because your garage door is one of the biggest moving parts of your home. Its springs, hinges, rollers, and tracks all need regular maintenance every few months to stay functioning smoothly. Lubrication processes for garage doors vary depending on your garage door’s configuration, but generally, you’ll want to tackle the big problem in the following order:

Tracks: Start by cleaning the tracks with a rag to eliminate the build-up that is interfering with your garage door’s gentle glide. Don’t lubricate the tracks, just ensure that they are clean so your door can function properly. 

Springs: Spray down your garage door’s torsion springs that lift your garage door every day. Again, you’ll only want to lubricate them just enough so that they move better. Avoid over-lubing your springs so that no extra lubrication drips out. 

Hinges: Lubricate your door’s steel hinges at their pivot points, but don’t do this to plastic ones. Plastic does not need any lubrication, as this will only cause your hinges to break down over time. 

Rollers: If your rollers have nylon wheels that touch the track, be sure to only lubricate the bearings without getting any lubricant on the nylon itself. Rollers that are made of pure metal don’t require as much precision but make sure to wipe away any excess lubricant to prevent it from dripping all over your garage floor or from spilling onto your car. 

Locks: Does your key stick to your lock? Is your lock becoming difficult to open or close? Remember to give your lock a good shot of lubricant, too. Don’t forget to pour lubricant into the tumbler, as well as the other moving parts. 

Once all of your garage door’s parts are properly lubricated, lift your door and close it several times to even out the lubricant’s distribution. If you still hear those obnoxious noises from your door, follow those sounds to determine if you simply missed lubricating a moving part. There’s a possibility that a more substantial correction might be needed. 

If you’ve determined that the problem your garage door is experiencing goes beyond lubricating your door, you’ll need to hire a garage door repairman to assess the problem. The Garage Door Man is ready to help you find out what’s wrong with your garage door. No matter what the emergency or time of day, our garage door experts have the tools and knowledge that are required to repair garage doors.