In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the initial items you should have on your checklist when it comes to lubricating a garage door. Knowing how to lubricate a garage door can help with everything from noise levels to longevity of the door, and this can typically be done relatively easily.

At Crawford Door Sales, we offer unmatched commercial and residential garage door repair, installation and more to clients around Murray and Sandy, plus nearby areas. Today’s part two of our series will continue through the lubrication process – but keep in mind that if you have concerns with any of these steps, our team of garage door professionals is here to help. 

Lubricate Garage Door

Closing and Turning Off Power

We left off in part one of our series with some pre-lubrication checklist items, but now it’s time to actually start the process. The first step is to close the garage door and turn off the power to the opener. This is an important safety precaution that should not be skipped. Make sure no one tries to open or close the door while you are working on it.

Clean and Wipe Down

Before applying any lubricant, it’s important to clean and wipe down all of the moving parts of the garage door. This will remove any dirt, debris or old lubricant that may be present. Make sure to pay special attention to the tracks and rollers as these tend to collect the most buildup.

Open Door, Lubricate Hinges

In most cases, the prudent move will be to first open the garage door and begin with the hinges. You can use a spray lubricant or even regular household oil to coat the hinges thoroughly. Make sure to wipe off any excess lubricant with a cloth.

Lubricate Rollers and Tracks

Next, you’ll want to move onto the rollers and tracks. Apply lubricant to both sides of each roller and then operate the door a few times to ensure the lubricant is evenly distributed. For the tracks, you can use a spray lubricant or silicone-based lubricant and make sure to wipe off any excess.

Springs and Bearings

The springs and bearings of a garage door are important components that need to be properly lubricated for smooth operation. Use a spray lubricant on the springs and apply it sparingly as too much lubricant can cause buildup and interfere with the door’s function. For bearings, use a few drops of oil on each one.

Opener Chain or Screw

If your garage door has an opener chain or screw, these should also be lubricated. Use a silicone-based spray lubricant to coat the entire length of the chain or screw, and then operate the door a few times to ensure even distribution.

Armbar and Lock

For garage doors that have them, armbars refer to the metal bar that connects the door to the opener. These should also be lubricated for smooth operation. Additionally, if your garage door has a lock, you can use graphite powder or spray lubricant to keep it functioning properly.

Top Rail

Finally, the top rail is where your garage door’s chain or screw is located. This area should also be lubricated with a silicone-based spray lubricant.

Properly lubricating your garage door can go a long way in ensuring its smooth and quiet operation, as well as extending its lifespan. While this process may seem daunting at first, it’s relatively simple once you know the steps to take. 

At Crawford Door Sales, our team of experts is always ready to assist with any garage door related needs. From installation to maintenance and repairs, we are dedicated to providing top-quality service to our clients in Murray, Sandy, and nearby areas. Contact us today for all your residential and commercial garage door needs!

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