If you haven’t tried this project in the past, now is the perfect time to start!* It’s an easy-to-medium project; allowing yourself plenty of time to accomplish it. Here are the basics:
- Phillips/Flat Head Screwdrivers
- Old cloth(s)
- Silicone lubricant, preferably 3-n-1 Garage Door Lubricant (WD-40 can be used, but is not recommended, as it’s more of a cleaner)
- Ladder or Step Stool
- Safety items (goggles, aprons, etc)
Things to Accomplish:
- Inspect and tighten any loose hinges and brackets
- Check wear of rollers.
- Inspect door rails.
- Lubricate: springs, hinges and roller STEMS (not rollers themselves)
(You can purchase 3-n-1 Lubricant at our showroom, along with hinges, bottom weather seals, etc.)
Tip: Add this project to your calendar when changing smoke detector batteries, air filters, etc. It’s a great habit to get into!
If anything seems to be not working properly, is still noisy after lubrication, or just doesn’t look right; feel free to give us a call! 972-422-1695
*Garage doors and garage door openers are some of the more sophisticated and largest mechanisms in your home. Most of their components are metal, and can have sharp points and/or edges. The garage door panels, rollers, track, drums, and more can present pinch points. Other than simple lubrication and inspection, Plano Overhead does not recommend homeowners to perform ANY garage door repairs.
Visit our Repairs page for more information about service, repairs, and tune-ups!
Submitted by Nick J. McGregor, CEO of Plano Overhead Garage Door
There are three types of “do-ers” when it comes to projects around the house: (the most popular) Do It Yourself (DIY), Do It The Way I Want It, and Do It For Me. And it’s ok; there’s no judgement of anyone who falls under any of these categories! When it comes to garage doors, there are repairs that easily fall under DIY; however, there are some that are most definitely Do It For Me. (Please note, though, that there are also 3 levels of DIY’ers: Beginners, Confident and Very Confident, based on your experience and knowledge of both tools and garage door parts. Please know which level of DIY’er you are before tackling any repairs.
- Tighten and inspect all hardware (hinges, brackets, etc).
- Lubricating with lithium/silicone.
- Clean and test infrared safety sensors
- Replacing stiles, struts, weather strips, and perimeter seals
- Replacing lightbulbs and batteries for opener, remotes, keypads
“Do It The Way I Want It” repairs:
- I’m moving soon and just need a basic repair
- I’ll be purchasing a new door and/or opener very soon and just need a “band-aid” or temporary fix
“Do It For Me”, the most important category and the most “dangerous” repairs for non-professionals:
- Changing out broken springs
- Replacing cables and drums
- Replacing/repairing garage door tracks and top bracing
- Replacing top or bottom corner brackets
- Replacing garage door panels
(NOTE: These repairs should ONLY be performed by trained professionals.)
No matter the “category” you fall under, Plano Overhead Garage Door is always willing to assist with ANY of your garage door and opener needs. Please contact us today to schedule a same-day service or on a day of your convenience.
By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door