Oiling Your Garage Door

January 5, 2023

At Denton Overhead Door & Garage Door Repair, we have been assisting homeowners with all their garage door service and installation needs for over 30 years. A commonly reported garage problem homeowners encounter is a noisy garage door. Like several other types of machines with moving parts, a garage door requires regular lubrication to work properly. The following steps on how to oil garage door parts will help your garage door sound better and last longer.

How To Oil a Garage Door

  1. Preparation: Before oiling your garage door, you’ll want to perform a few maintenance tasks first. You should inspect the various moving parts, such as the hinges, rollers, chain, and nuts. Look for various maintenance needs such as repairs, tightening bolts, or any damage. After your inspection, you can then disconnect the power and move on to oiling the garage door.
  2. Clean the Tracks: Your garage door tracks have to be properly cleaned for your garage door to open and close properly. While this part of your garage door should not be lubricated, it should be vacuumed and whipped down to remove dust and debris.
  3. Lubricate the Door Hinges and Rollers: When starting to oil the various components of your garage, lithium-based grease or silicone grease works best for oiling these components. Carefully raise the garage door and as you do so, wipe or spray the hinges with your lubricant of choice. Next, carefully spray the rollers to get the smaller pieces of these parts.
  4. Lubricate the Plates and Springs: Many types of garage doors have springs along the top that you will have to use a ladder to reach. The circular bearing plates are located alongside the springs; these parts should be properly lubricated to ensure good operation. Once lubricated, open your garage door to ensure that these parts are properly coated.
  5. Lubricate the Arm Bar and Top Rail: The top rail is the part of your garage door that the chain travels along. After lubricating this part, look for the arm bar. It is the part that connects the garage door itself to the top rail; this will also need to be lubricated.

Final Steps and Testing

After oiling your garage door the final step is to lubricate the lock and do some testing. After reconnecting the power raise and lower your garage door to ensure everything is working correctly. Listen closely for any odd noises. If your garage door is still making noise after being oiled the next best step is to contact a professional.

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