dreamstime_xxl_43842743While regular tune-ups are important to maintaining your garage door’s health, preventative maintenance can help extend your garage door’s life. While major repairs should always be handled by an experienced technician, there are some things you can do yourself to give your door a boost between tune-ups. Keeping your door lubricated is the first step in establishing a preventative maintenance routine. Here’s how you should begin lubricating your door.

  1. Start with the tracks. While the tracks don’t need lubrication, they do need to be cleaned regularly. Use a dry cloth to wipe any debris and dust off of the tracks. This will allow the rollers to glide more easily. Over time, dust and debris can make its way to the tracks, clogging the rollers and preventing your door from moving well.

  2. Lubricate the bearings on your garage door rollers. While nylon rollers don’t need lubricant to function, the bearings that allow them to roll smoothly require attention. A sticky bearing will keep your rollers from sliding along the track.

  3. Lubricate your door’s springs. Whether you have torsion springs or extension springs, regular lubrication will keep the metal from being affected by corrosive rust and will make it easier for your door to move.
  4. If your door has plastic hinges, leave them alone. However, if your door has metal hinges, spray lubricant at the pivot-point. This will keep the hinges moving more freely.

Keeping your garage lubricated is key to maintaining a happy garage door. If you have any questions or want to schedule your summer tune-up, call Lifetime Garage Doors in Sarasota. We’ve got the experience to help you with all of your garage door repair needs.