Garage door rollers, springs, tracks and hinges need lubrication for them to operate smoothly. The screeching, banging and groaning are some of the chaotic noises you can hear from non lubricated doors. The best thing is that a good lubricant can stop these chaotic symphonies. The part where people go wrong is assuming that every part must be lubricated the same way. It is wise to learn the best lubrication technique for different garage door parts.
Springs- springs work to lift your garage door day and night. They are therefore subject to heavy strain. You can use a spray lubricant on the springs. However, remember that your intention is to lubricate them so that they function better. Use the lubricant sparingly so that it does not drip out.
Tracks- begin by vacuuming or dusting off the tracks to get rid of dirt. In case you notice caked debris, you can use a rag to wipe it off. Tracks should not be oiled because this will only attract more debris and dirt, which affects performance.
Rollers- In case your garage door has nylon wheels, you need to be careful only to lubricate the bearings. The lubricant should not come into contact with the nylon as it will damage it. If you have metal rollers, simply apply just enough lubricant so that it does not drip on the floor. Engine oil is a good lubricant that can be used on the inner parts of the roller. Move the roller back and front so that the oil spreads out into the bearings. If you need help, contact a roller door service.
Hinges-steel hinges should only be lubricated at the pivot points. Be careful not to mess with plastic hinges. Plastic does require lubrication. In fact, lubricating may cause breakdown and damage to the hinges.
Locks- if you notice that your garage door key is getting stuck, you need to give the locks a shot of lubricant. Check that you also lubricate the tumbler. Keep trying to open and close the door to spread out the lubricant.
When choosing lubricants, you should remember that they are not made equally. While grease may be used on cars, it tends to attract grime and dirt, and it is not recommended as a garage door lubricant. Oil is also messy and it may not work smoothly on garage doors. White lithium grease is an easy to use and non-staining lubricant. It provides superior friction and does not cake up when applied onto surfaces.