Can you use WD-40 on a garage door opener?

Can you use WD-40 on a garage door opener? What’s the best way to clean a noisy or squeaky garage door? Let’s take a look at you best options when trying to fix up a squeaky or non-responsive door.

Can you use WD-40 on a garage door opener?

Can you use WD-40 on a garage door opener? Well, firstly let’s take a look at what WD-40 is.

The WD stands for ‘water displacement’ – originally WD40 was created to spray water from metal parts before assembling them (in order to prevent rust accumulation). As such the active ingredients of WD-40 are mineral spirits, mineral oil, and carbon dioxide. While the mineral oil is good for lubrication the mineral spirits, which dissolve grease and dirt, will dissolve quickly and you’ll be left with a small amount of mineral oil, not nearly enough to effectively lubricate a heavy garage door. WD-40 or silicone spray can also dry out the wheel bearings by washing the grease out of them – making the problem even worse. It is true that WD-40 has myriad uses, but cleaning your garage door is not one of them.

How do I lubricate a garage door opener?

We recommend using a commercial garage door grease or a lubricant spray to lubricate your garage door. For example, 3-IN-ONE 300g Professional Garage Door Lubricant (which is actually made by the WD-40 company) is currently $9.90 at Bunnings (don’t hold us to the price!) and will help reduce friction, stop squeaks and eliminate sticking doors.

Don’t use WD-40! Use a suitable product and lubricate your door every six months and you’ll help increase the longevity of your garage door opener. If you’d prefer, the friendly team at the Door Doctors have a fixed price servicing for garage door openers available – regular maintenance which means you can save money on your investment in the long run but don’t need to worry about repairing it yourself.

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If you’re interested in garage door repair and need some help from the Door Doctors please give us a call on 07 3299 2992 or click here to contact us online. We’d love to hear from you!

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