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If you have an automatic garage door, then regular service is required to help keep the door in great shape for many years. The average garage door should last for around 10 years before you notice small things breaking and requiring replacements. One of the things that you may see wearing down after 10 years is the rollers that help to move your garage door up and down along the tracks. Without good rollers, the door can stick in place or simply slide down the tracks too quickly. To prevent these problems, make sure to maintain the rollers both before and after the 10-year anniversary of your garage door installation.
Lubricate the Rollers
The rollers themselves are usually made out of a smooth material that will assist with the movement of the garage door. Steel, plastic, and nylon are three of the most common materials that make up the rollers. Each roller is rated to carry a specific amount of weight, and the 8 to 12 rollers that line the garage door help to keep the weight distributed evenly. Almost all rollers, except for the plastic varieties, contain bearings inside of them. While some bearings may be sealed, the majority are open to the environment. This means that the bearings are likely to dry out over time. This will, unfortunately, keep the rollers from moving smoothly. In some cases, the bearings may actually seize up as well.
To keep bearings moving smoothly, make sure to oil them every few months. If the rollers make a squeaking noise, then this is also an indication that they need an extra bit of lubrication. While some people may choose to use water displacing spray like WD-40 on the bearings, this is typically a mistake. This material is meant to clean and to prevent corrosion, but it does not lubricate. To lubricate the bearings properly, use regular motor oil like you would use for your vehicle. A small dab along the center of each roller is sufficient to lubricate each one.
The same type of oil you use to lubricate the bearings may be needed on the garage door tracks as well if you notice a great deal of dirt and debris. These materials can gouge the outsides of the rollers, make them stick, and gunk up bearings as well. Use a wet cloth to remove debris first and then spread the oil along the tracks. Open and close your garage door several times afterwards to make sure that the oil is seated in the bearings and along the track properly.
Inspect Hinge Roller Mounts
Each roller will attach to the garage door with the assistance of a hinge roller mount. The mounts secure the stem part of the garage door roller. Most of these hinges are steel devices. Unfortunately, they can corrode and form a layer of rust around the cylinders that keep each roller stem protected. This can cause the rollers to get stuck in place. Inspect each hinge carefully for any signs of rust. If you see rust, then use a socket wrench to remove the bolts on the hinge that keep it secured to the garage door. Pull the hinge away from the door and remove the roller if it comes out with the hinge.
Wrap a piece of coarse-grit sandpaper around a pencil or a small wooden skewer and push the sandpaper inside the cylinder that holds the roller. Move the paper in and out several times to remove rust. Clean the inside of the cylinder with water and then spray a generous amount of water-displacing spray like WD-40 inside the cylinder. Replace the roller and secure the bolts back in place. Don't be afraid to try this out! If you need garage door repair, reach out to a local company.