Garage doors, maintenance is not on most people's regular to do list. But there are a few simple things you should do every year or so to keep the door rolling along trouble-free.

 

 

 

Give all rollers, hinges, roller tracks, hinges, and latches a good squirt with a penetrating solvent like WD-40 or a citrus-based solvent. Lubricate the pulleys on extension-spring openers and the bearings on torsion-spring openers. Wipe a little oil on the torsion spring, if it is rusty and binds up.
Wipe everything clean, then apply a light oil, such as 3-in-1 lubricant, to the same parts.
If any rollers or hinges seem stuck, try to soak them in some kerosene. Use a small brush (an old toothbrush works great) to work the kerosene into the cracks. Remove any rust with steel wool. Wipe all parts clean, then apply lubricant.
Garage door, maintenance is often needed on the door opener. If your garage door opener. is operated by a chain or drive screw, apply the same lubricant to the full length.
Check any weatherstripping along the sides of the doors. Adjust if it is jamming against the sides, and replace if necessary.
If your garage door is wood and it doesn't have bottom weatherstripping, make sure it has been sealed or painted. Touch up as needed, and consider adding weatherstripping.
Make garage door, maintenance an annual project (spring or fall are good times).


 

Simple Garage Door Opener Maintenance Tips


 

Consult the owner’s manual for additional recommended maintenance for your model of door opener. If you don’t have the owner's manual, look for the opener model number on the back of the power unit and request a manual from the manufacturer.


Reversal Test
Make sure your opener has a reversing feature. If a reversing feature is not present, the opener should be replaced.
Garage door openers, manufactured after January 1, 1993, are required by federal law to have advanced safety features that comply with the latest UL (Underwriters Laboratories) 325 standards. Contact your manufacturer or installer for additional information.

Test the reversing feature every month.
1.  First, test the balance of the door. If the door is properly balanced, then proceed. 
2.  With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2" thick piece of wood (a 2" X 4" laid flat) on the floor in the center of the door. 
3.  Push the transmitter or wall button to close the door. The door must reverse when it strikes the obstruction. (Note that the bottom part of "one-piece doors" must be rigid so that the door will not close, but will reverse when it contacts the obstruction.) 
4.  If the door does not reverse, have it repaired or replaced. Have a qualified technician adjust, repair, or replace the opener or door. 

Force Setting Test
Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force setting may be excessive and need adjusting. See your owner’s manual for details on how to make the adjustment.

Additional Safety Devices
Many garage door openers can be equipped with additional safety devices, such as photo eyes or edge sensors, to protect against entrapment. Keep in mind that adding more safety devices will not make an old opener meet the current UL standards. Make sure the additional safety devices are properly installed and adjusted (see owner's manual).

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