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Preparing You Garage Door for Winter


Cleaning Your Garage Door Parts for WinterWith winter right around the corner, home and business owners should clean their garage door parts and reapply lubrication to help prevent the parts from seizing up during colder weather.

This is a quick and simple way to help keep your garage door functioning during the holidays. To start, use a cloth of soft bristled brush to scrub off grime from the garage door springs, hinges, tracks, and other metal parts.

Then, apply a light coating of silicone oil or white lithium grease. Don’t use WD-40 as it can strip lubricant lead to metal-on-metal contact.

You can use WD-40 to clean your tracks but make sure to remove any excess.

How to Fix a Garage Door Trolley

Is the trolley to your garage door busted? Fortunately, this is a fairly inexpensive and easy fix. You can do it yourself for around $25 to $40, depending on the model. You can fix it in about 30 minutes. First, place the door in a down position. Next, disengage the door by pulling on the emergency release. Separate both sides of the trolley. Disconnect the rail from the header piece. Take off the old trolley and put on the one. Re-engage the emergency chain. Test the door to make sure it works. Congratulations, you just fixed your garage door yourself in less time than it takes to watch Two and a Half Men.