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Like anything in your home that is mechanical, it’s good to perform some maintenance on your garage door every once in a while. One of the ways you as a homeowner can prolong the life of the garage door and ensure it stays working efficiently is to lubricate the mechanical parts at least once or twice a year. 

Lubricating the metal parts on your garage door will deter squeaks and noises and help to avoid malfunction and corrosion damage later on. Whether your door is manual or electric, a good oiling will be beneficial for your garage door. Good thing Thompson Garage Door makes its own garage door lubricant! Come pick up a spray can in the showroom today!

Once you’re ready to start, here is how to lubricate a garage door. Make sure to have a few pieces of cardboard handy as a backdrop so any overspray doesn’t get on the walls or ceiling. 

Garage Door Maintenance: Lubrication

Step One: Safety First!

The first step is to make sure your garage door is closed and the power is cut. Unplug the power cord to your garage door opener or turn off the breaker. That means no one can open the door not knowing you are working on it and there are no accidents!

Step Two: Clean the Tracks

Next, prepare the garage door parts for lubrication. That means wiping away cobwebs, dust, dirt, and other grime and buildup with a damp rag. While you won’t apply lube on the garage door tracks, you will want to make sure they are clean so the door moves freely. If dirt and debris are hard to get out with a rag, use a vacuum. 

Step Three: Buy Thompson Garage Door Lubricant

As an experienced garage door company, we carry the best garage door lube. Our silicone-free lubricant is formulated best for garage door chains and other parts where metal rubs on metal. Read more about our lubricant here and come pick some up at our showroom: 

171 S. 18th Street, Sparks, NV 89431

Step Four: Apply Lubricant on the Brackets

Apply the lubricant on each of the hinges on the inside of the door. By manually opening the door, you can hit each bracket of the section. The lubricant will make the door open and close much smoother. 

Step Five: Apply Lubricant on the Garage Door Rollers

Apply the lubricant on the rollers on the sides of the door. Inside the rollers are ball bearings that need to be greased in order to stay functioning smoothly. 

Step Six: Apply Lubricant on Garage Door Springs and Bearings

Apply the lubricant on the springs on the top of the door and the bearing plates on the top corners. You’ll have to stand on a stepladder to reach these parts, so be careful!

Step Seven: Apply Lubricant to the Rail

Apply the lubricant on the rail on the garage ceiling. The top of the rail is where the garage door chain runs, which is metal on metal. It needs to be lubricated often if you don’t want a noisy garage door! 

Thompson Garage Door 

While you can absolutely lubricate your garage door yourself, and you should a few times a year, we are also available to service your garage door. We will lubricate your garage door and make sure everything is working properly. Requesting a safety check is a good idea to keep everything moving! 

Our safety checks include: 

  • spring tension and adjustment
  • lock adjustments
  • moving parts lubrication

Plus, we check for frayed cables, inspect the rollers, hinges and all moving parts, check weatherstripping and weather seals, inspect operators and wall button functions, transmitters, limit switches and sensitivity, and provide a safety check test.

Schedule garage door repair or a safety check here! We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If your garage door is broken, we will fix it ASAP! Your home and business will always stay secure, even if something is wrong. 

Whatever your garage door needs, we are here to help!