5 Essential Maintenance Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Garage Door

Imagine this: you’re rushing out the door, late for work, and as you hit the button, your garage door groans to a halt. Your car is stuck outside, and your day is already off to a frustrating start.

Luckily, situations like this can be avoided with regular maintenance! Just like your car, your garage door needs a little TLC to keep it functioning smoothly and safely for years to come.

Emu Garage Doors is here to help! This blog post is your one-stop guide with 5 essential maintenance tips to ensure your garage door never leaves you stranded.

5 Easy Steps to a Long-Lasting Garage Door:


  • Tip #1:Clean Your Garage Door and Tracks Regularly (Every 2-3 Months):
    • Why it’s important:Dirt, debris (leaves, twigs, sand), and grime can build up on your garage door panels and tracks over time. This can:
      • Cause rust, especially on metal doors.
      • Hinder smooth operation by creating friction for theroller Garage doors.
      • Make your garage door look dull and detract from your home’s curb appeal.
    • How to clean:
      • Prepare a mild detergent solution with warm water and a gentle dish soap.
      • Dip a soft cloth (like an old cotton rag) in the solution and wring it out thoroughly to avoid dripping.
      • Wipe down the entire garage door surface, paying close attention to crevices and corners where dirt tends to accumulate.
      • For the tracks, use a damp rag or a long-handled brush to remove any loose debris. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to get into tight spaces.
    • Tip #2: Lubricate Moving Parts (Twice a Year):
      • Why it’s important:Just like oiling a squeaky hinge, lubricating the rollers, hinges, and other moving parts of your garage door is crucial. Lubrication:
        • Reduces friction between metal parts, minimizing noise and ensuring smooth operation.
        • Extends the lifespan of the rollers, hinges, and other components by preventing premature wear and tear.
      • What to use:
        • Do not use WD-40!It attracts dirt and dust, which can actually worsen the problem in the long run.
        • Use a silicone-based lubricant spray specifically designed for garage doors. This type of lubricant is water-resistant and won’t attract dirt.
      • How to lubricate:
        • Consult your garage door owner’s manual for specific lubrication points. If you don’t have the manual, common areas to lubricate include the hinges, rollers (especially the stems), and the opener mechanism (refer to the manual for details on this one).
        • Apply a light, even coat of lubricant to each designated point. Avoid over-lubrication, as this can attract dust and debris.
      • Tip #3: Inspect and Tighten Hardware (Quarterly):
        • Why it’s important:Loose bolts, nuts, and screws can cause your garage door to become:
          • Misaligned, making it difficult to open and close properly.
          • Noisy, with increased clunking and scraping sounds.
          • A safety hazard, as loose components could detach or malfunction.
        • How to inspect and tighten:
          • Visually inspect all the hardware on your garage door, including the tracks, brackets, hinges, and opener attachments.
          • Look for any loose bolts, nuts, or screws.
          • Use a socket wrench of the appropriate size to tighten any loose hardware. Be careful not to over-tighten, as this can damage the components.
        • Tip #4: Test the Balance and Safety Features (Every 6 Months):
          • Balance Test:
            • Why it’s important:A properly balanced garage door is essential for safe and smooth operation. An unbalanced door puts extra strain on the opener motor and springs, leading to:
              • Premature wear and tear on these components, shortening their lifespan.
              • Potential breakdowns, leaving your garage door inoperable.
            • How to test (consult a professional if needed):
              • Important:Before you begin, disengage the garage door opener from the door itself. This usually involves pulling a red release cord located near the track. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions on disengaging your opener model.
              • Manually lift the door about halfway up. A balanced door should stay in this position with minimal effort on your part.
              • Observe the movement:
                • If the door feels heavy on one side and light on the other, it’s unbalanced and needs professional adjustment. Don’t attempt to fix an unbalanced door yourself.
                • If the door slowly rises or falls on its own, it might indicate worn-out springs or other issues. In this case, consult a professional for a complete inspection.
              • Auto-Reverse Function:
                • Why it’s important:This safety feature automatically reverses the door if it encounters an obstacle while closing. This helps prevent injuries and damage to objects or people in the path of the door.
                • How to test:
                  • Safety first!Clear the entire path of the garage door before testing the auto-reverse function.
                  • Place a 2×4 piece of wood flat on the ground, perpendicular to the door’s path (like a speed bump).
                  • Using the wall button or remote control, close the garage door.
                  • If the door touches the 2×4 and automatically reverses back up, the auto-reverse function is working correctly.
                  • If the door doesn’t reverse when it hits the object, stop the door immediately and call a professional to service the auto-reverse mechanism.
        • Tip #5: Schedule Professional Maintenance

        While these tips are a great starting point for maintaining your garage door yourself, some tasks might be better left to the professionals.  Professional maintenance can offer several benefits:

        • Identify potential problems early on:Trained technicians can identify minor issues before they become major problems, saving you money on garage door repairs in the long run.
        • Ensure complex tasks are handled correctly:Some tasks, like spring replacement or opener repairs, require specialized skills and knowledge. Professionals have the expertise and tools to handle these tasks safely and efficiently.
        • Peace of mind:Knowing your garage door has been thoroughly inspected and serviced by a professional can give you peace of mind.

        Emu Garage Doors offers comprehensive professional maintenance services to keep your garage door in tip-top shape. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced in all aspects of garage door maintenance and needs, repairs, or installations.

        Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way! By following these simple tips, you can ensure your garage door functions smoothly, and safely, and lasts for years to come. Don’t wait until your garage door malfunctions! Regular maintenance is key to a safe and long-lasting door. Schedule your maintenance appointment today! Call us at 02 9030 0686 or visit our website at Emu Garage Doors for a free quote.



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