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How To Lubricate Your Overhead Door Like A Pro in 8 Easy Steps

Hearing squeaks and creaks every time you leave your garage? It may be time to lubricate your overhead door, and Abe’s got you covered. He’s the original pro, and has outlined eight easy steps to help you lubricate your overhead door without the professionals, and bring peace and quiet back to your garage.

For additional preventative maintenance considerations, look to our preventative maintenance checklist to avoid those overhead door emergencies!

Hold it right there. Before you even start, ensure you avoid one common error: using oil or degreasers, such as WD-40. These remove grease, which is the opposite of what you want. Instead, use lithium-based grease (best) or silicone spray (next best). These greases stay in place to do their job for longer periods of time.  

Next, make sure you have good lighting and access to a safe, sturdy step-ladder. You’ll need both of these to see what you’re doing. Maybe even find an Abe Jr. to your Abe Sr. and have them spot the ladder for you, if your points of lubrication are longer reaches.

Now it’s time to lubricate the moving parts of your garage door:

1. Start with a closed door. Whether you’re lubricating a steel door, garage door, commercial door, or bifold doors, this first step is always the same.

2. Disconnect the motor. You’re going to be spraying grease as the door is manually moved along the track’s bend.

3. Start greasing! Make sure to spray all hinges and points of movement to stop all possible squeaky sounds, and properly lubricate overhead door function.

IMPORTANT: Do not lubricate the chain, or tracks. Chains have a protective coating that lasts the life of the motor, and generally speaking, they don’t require any maintenance. In addition, if you have signs of wear on your tracks, there may be something wrong with your garage door, and you may need overhead door repair. The only place to grease along the track is where there is a break with bolts that are holding the pieces together.

4. Lubricate the rollers. First confirm the material your overhead door rollers are made of, and if you can see the bearings - the key here is exposure. Metal rollers with exposed ball bearings require lubrication, whereas plastic ones and metal ones without exposed ball bearings do not.

Note: If you’re undertaking garage door service on a door with plastic rollers, now is a good time to check if the plastic rollers need to be replaced.

5. Lubricate the pulley bearings. Speaking of ball bearings, the next things to grease are the ones on your garage door’s pulleys.

6. Lubricate the top of the rail. Remember that friction occurs at the top, not the bottom, so this is where the grease is required for proper lubrication and movement.

7. Lubricate the springs. But not just any springs- just the reeeeally tight ones. Extension springs (the stretchy ones) require no maintenance, but you do need to grease any torsion springs (the ones that are wound). Grease the torsion springs and open and close your garage door a couple times to let the grease settle in.

8. Check for bearing plates. If you have a torsion spring garage door, you may also need to grease your bearing plates. Unfortunately, these can only be properly accessed with the spring removed, so if you see signs that your bearing plates need attention, contact your door installers for emergency door repair.

If your garage door is still sounding noisy after you’ve greased it like a pro, it’s time to call the professionals at Abe’s in Edmonton for an overhead door repair, as you may have a more serious problem. If you have any questions about garage door lubrication, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

As always, don’t forget to check out our preventative maintenance checklist to keep your garage door at its best.