Home Maintenance Series: Maintaining Your Garage Doors
Posted on April 1, 2021 7:00 AM by Sarah Carey
Most of us have a Lift Master garage door system or Wayne Dalton system installed by Virginia Door. Life expectancy of the system is 10 years but more likely 5 to 6. The owner’s manual has limited DIY maintenance suggestions. Does your garage door (doors) make a lot of grinding or squeaking noise when you open or close the door? It may be time for some DIY maintenance or a call to a reliable garage door service business. Speaking from experience, don’t wait until its too late and that large spring cable can break. But thankfully there are a lot of safety features built in so the cable doesn’t spin off the bar. It makes a very loud noise and then of course your door won’t close.
Rollers and the spring (photos below) should be sprayed once a year with a silicone spray that is especially for use on garage doors. This is available at Home Depot and Lowes. The rollers and spring are easy to reach when the door is closed – no need for a ladder. Other maintenance should be done by a professional garage door technician. If the loud noise upon opening the door doesn’t go away after lubricating, it may be a motor problem.
We have had excellent service from a local business Lion Garage Door. Quick service and helpful friendly employees. A service call is $89 or a $120/year membership that includes 2 service calls.