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Door Maintenance Tips

Routine maintenance

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

During a routine maintenance be sure to check your hinges

Worn hinges may also cause an issue with your door working properly.  They can cause a lot of noise and cause the door to bind and wear out the tongue and groove joints at the door sections.  Some play at the hinge is normal, but if you see an oblong hole where the tubular hinge pin mates with the hinge bracket, the hinge needs to be replaced.  Gray dust and metal filings around the hinge pin are early signs of wear.


Is your Door making too much noise??

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

To quiet down a noisy garage door;

First, never use any kind of grease.  Grease attracts dirt and hardens over time, especially in cold weather. 

If there is alot of grease or dirt on the rollers or track, wipe them  them clean.  Also make sure to check the tracks for alignment and tighten any loose screws or bolts.

Inspect all the rollers for damage and uneven wear, it is quite common on older doors for the bearings to wear out.  Many track rollers have unsealed bearings that self-destruct after years of rolling around in a dirty environment .  These are easy to replace. Nylon rollers are quieter and don't require periodic oiling. Replace track rollers one at a time. 

    WARNING!!! If replacing the bottom rollers, DO NOT,  under any circumstances, attempt to remove the bottom fixtures (which hold the bottom rollers)  as they are under extreme tension.  Call All Star Doors Inc. and we will have a professional come and replace these for you.

If you have torsion springs, inspect the bearings on either end which support the torsion bar for wear and tear.  Sometimes these go bad and will make a lot of noise.

If you have extension springs, inspect the pulleys the same way.

As far as oil, use a light weight penetrating oil spray.   WD-40 is recommended. Spray the roller bearings and shafts, the torsion bar bearings (up top), or the the extension spring pulleys (whichever you have).  If you have a chain driver opener, you can give the chain a light spray if it looks rusty.  If you have a screw drive, spray the entire length of the screw.   Forget using grease in screw drives.  If you're in a colder climate, the grease will stiffen and can jam up the screw.  You can also give the hinges a light spray if they are squeaky, but keep in mind the oil will drip.

To keep your door working properly and quiet, you should lubricate all moving parts every six months. 

Make sure you spray all the hinges, roller bearings (unsealed style) and springs with a garage door lube.   Also hit the torsion bar bearings,and any other pivot points.  Avoid lubricants such as oil, grease, or spray lithium grease, they may be a bit cheaper, but they don’t penetrate and tend to pick up dust and grit.

 If you should continue to have issues or would prefer a professional to inspect your door, Call All Star Doors Inc. and set up an appointment.

Spring Maintenance

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

*Make sure your Springs are lubricated every 4 months or at least 3 times a year. Make sure you use WD40. No other lubricant is recommended.

* Inspect your springs: make sure your springs are straight with each other, the coils are not stretched out or uneven with the rest of the coils. This will tell you how much time is left on your springs, depending on the time of the year.