Friday Afternoon, the long weekend is upon us. Waiting to head up the coast for a lovely long weekend. Peace and quiet, its Australia Day Sunday so prawns and bbq at the ready. Then that bloody garage door, the one Door Doctors have told me to service. Well, I should have listened. Lucky they are always a phone call away. Oh well, guess I’ve missed the traffic, that’s a bonus.
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.
Contact the Door Doctors
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!
Today we’ll take a look at Garage Door Installation vs. Repair – what’s the right time to repair your garage door/motor and when does it make more sense to simply get a new one?
Garage Door Installation vs. Repair
When you have a damaged garage door, it can be hard to tell whether you’re better off starting fresh or if it’s able to be repaired. Usually the best thing to do is to have a chat with a professional who has a lot of experience in doors and motors so you can see which the best option will be. How long has it been since you’ve had a service? How bad is the issue? If you don’t have a lot of experience in DIY then the best thing to do is see what an expert says.
Regular, Scheduled Maintenance Saves You Money
The friendly team at Door Doctors offer fixed price servicing for doors we install. This means you’ll know exactly what to expect and there won’t be any nasty surprises if anything breaks down. You’ll also save money in the long run as regular servicing of your garage door+motor will ensure it lasts for a lot longer and stays in good working condition.
Throwing Good Money After Bad
Another factor to consider is the age/condition of your garage door. If we can fix it today and it’s going to break again in 6 months, is it a false economy to pay to repair the door? In many cases yes. It’s best to meet up with an honest and reliable repairer who can give you the scoop on what’s exactly wrong, and the best way to fix it.
If you’re planning on living at your place for the immediate future it makes sense to treat the door like your car and ensure it stays in good shape with regular services. This is especially important if you have just bought a new door – this way you’ll get the best out of your investment (and won’t have to worry about it, if you take advantage of fixed price servicing!).
Contact the Door Doctors
Satisfaction Guaranteed. We’re got extensive experience with garage door repair in Brisbane and would be happy to help you figure out whether you need to replace your garage door/motor or simply just get a repair.
If you’re interested in a free quote 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!
How to pick a company to help you with garage door repairs – by the Door Doctors.
Do you have a problem with your garage door? Perhaps the remote has stopped working; you’ve had an accident and backed into it, or it’s not going up and down correctly. Sometimes the motor can make strange sounds or the door doesn’t work at the speed it used to. These can be simple fixes, or something more complicated –in any case it’s worth calling in the specialists to make sure your garage door is fixed correctly so it doesn’t become a problem in the future.
Door Doctors are experts if you need garage door repairs in Brisbane. Our experienced and friendly team can be out to your place quickly – and we’ve been around for so long we’re able to solve the vast majority of problems then and there. We have a crew dedicated to garage door breakdowns and plenty of replacement stock if you do need a new part or even a new motor.
We understand the inconvenience and annoyance that having a broken garage door can be – it can also be a safety issue if you have internal doors inside the garage. We help businesses and families with expert garage door repair, sales, installation, maintenance, whether they’re roller door, panel lift door, sectional door or tilt door.
Some other companies will simply replace motors/operators to fix a broken door, but this isn’t always necessary – the problem can sometimes be small and relatively inexpensive. The Door Doctors team will do their best to ensure you’re able to get your garage door working again – as quickly as possible and at a fair price.
Please click here to learn more about our garage door repair business, email us on [email protected], or give us a call at 02 3299 2992 and we’d be happy to have a chat about how we can help you with any garage door problems you may be experiencing.
Garage doors are expensive – so it’s important you protect your investment by ensuring your door receives regular servicing and uses quality parts. Garage door repairs can be a lot less expensive if you’re good to your door! There are different types of doors such as sectional, panel and tilt – each of these come with their own potential issues. These can be mitigated by ensuring you choose carefully when it’s time to get a new door or repair the existing one.
Here are some common Issues with Garage Door Repairs:
Door won’t open/close
Broken Remote Control
Hinges and/or Springs malfunctioning
Stuck emergency release
Very noisy (grinding) door
Motor running but not working
Lack of service
Here are some of the ways you can get the best life out of your garage door:
Observe and listen – does the door sound the same when it opens/closes? How quickly does it go up/down? Do the sides look symmetrical?
Tighten up all the bolts/nuts/brackets – a door will move up and down thousands of times throughout its life and this vibration and movement can loosen some of the hardware. Ensure not to overtighten but make sure they’re nice and firm without trying to be superman about tightening them up!
Tracks and Rollers – are they aligned? Is there any obstruction or a build up of dirt/debris?
Many of these problems can be rectified with regular servicing and choosing a manufacturer/supplier with a great warranty. Door Doctors use Merlin Garage Doors and Motors and are fully backed by a 7 year / 15,000 cycle onsite warranty.
For residential sectional/tilt doors we recommend the Merlin MT100EVO Tiltmaster which we have installed for hundreds of satisfied customers.
Click here to have a look at some of our Tiltmaster installs!
The Door Doctors
If you need a hand with garage door repair give us a call on 3299 2992 or click here to enquire online about how we can help you – from research, sales, servicing and repair – we can do it all. Door Doctors – sorting out life’s ups and downs!