With winter in full swing in the St. Charles County, Great St. Louis and Metro East areas, you may have noticed your garage door has become noisier upon opening and closing. This is due to the drop in temperatures, as cold weather causes metal to contract and tighten. This can cause some of the moving pieces of the door to stop moving smoothly. A simple solution is to ensure your door is properly lubricated, and is part of the Preventive Maintenance service offered by The Wright Door Co. to help extend the life of your garage door.
Door lubrication can be done by the homeowner, if desired. Here is a step by step guide to lubricating a garage door.
First, The Wright Door Co. recommends selecting a 3-in-1 spray lubricant. [ecwid_product id=”131614757″ display=”picture title price options addtobag” version=”2″ show_border=”1″ show_price_on_button=”1″ center_align=”1″] This lubricant is best suited for garage doors because it is heavier than a standard lubricant and can hold up better to the pressure & friction in the moving parts of a garage door.
Starting at the top of your door, lightly lubricate the torsion spring making sure to spray the center bearing/center nylon bushing that holds the shaft parallel with the door. Following that, you’ll want to lubricate a piece called the end bearing stand.
From this point, you can now work your way down each side of your door lubricating each roller. Finally, you’ll finish up by lightly lubricating the center hinges on the door. Keep in mind that the hinges will above your vehicle when the door is opened, so you’ll want to be conservative on the amount of lubricant you apply in this area to prevent dripping.
Lubricating your door is just one part of maintaining a properly working, quiet garage door. For more information about what The Wright Door Co. recommends to keep your garage door in great condition, please check out our Preventive Maintenance service here or call us any time to speak with one of our experienced technicians.