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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Garage Door Installation vs. Repair

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!

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Door Spring Replacement

If you’re having a problem with the springs in your garage door, Door Doctors can help! Door spring replacement is our Brisbane-based company’s speciality.

Sectional doors, panel lift and tilt doors generally all have springs in them which will need to be replaced periodically. Sometimes the springs are okay but they have just lost their torsion due to a faulty install or lack of maintenance – in either case Door Doctors are here to help you with any spring issues your garage door may be having.

Door Spring Replacement

Door Spring Replacement with the Door Doctors
Door Spring Replacement with the Door Doctors

To replace the springs on your garage door you have to release the tension and secure the door to remove them and install the new springs. After this you have to do the same in the reverse order, keeping in mind that it’s a delicate process that requires experience to do safely.

DIY door spring replacement isn’t recommended as it’s quite easy to damage the door and since the springs are under tension, it’s quite dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Although it may seem like a routine task, it can be quite complicated – and we recommend you call in trained technicians rather than risking your safety and the health of your door to save a few dollars.

Sectional door springs are typically rated for 10,000 – 20,000 cycles or a rough average of 7-10 years on a standard double garage and when one breaks, usually the next one will follow. For this reason, we recommend changing both or in some cases all the springs as soon as one goes. Regular maintenance of your garage door will assist in maximising the lifespan of your springs.

The cost of replacing garage door springs can vary depending on the size of the spring. The standard set of garage door springs start at $385.00 fitted. 9 out 10 times this will cover you (modern sectional doors have relatively lighter and inexpensive springs, but older domestic springs are large and can cost more), so please feel free to get in contact with us if you’re interested in a quote – one of our friendly team will be in touch to help!

Satisfaction Guaranteed. No breakdowns will be left nonoperational or unsecure. We guarantee your satisfaction – your door will be back to normal working order as soon as possible.

Simply give us a call on 3299 2992, contact us by clicking here, or email us on [email protected]. We’ll arrange for one of our dedicated breakdown crews to get out to you as quickly as we possibly can.

If it’s not urgent you can place a request through our online quoting service by clicking the button below.

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Garage Door Repairs in Brisbane

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.

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Garage Door Maintenance & Cleaning

Garage Door Maintenance
Garage Door Maintenance and Cleaning

Your garage door needs regular cleaning, just like your car – in fact, we recommend doing both at the same time so it’s easy to remember! Roller and shutter doors are a lot more durable than they used to be – so along with fixed maintenance (you’ll double the life of your door with regular servicing) all you really need to do is give them a good clean every now and then! Cleaning your garage door is simple, quick, and will help ensure your investment looks great and works smoothly. Garage door maintenance can sometimes be best left to the experts but we suggest

Protect your garage door (roller or sectional) with these eight simple steps to keep it looking great and (along with a servicing schedule) ensure it’s working well for years to come.

  • Perform a spot test – use warm soapy water or a gentle cleaner – avoid abrasive cleaners and harsh tools such as scourers as they could damage the door. Place a small amount on an unobtrusive area to make sure the cleaner doesn’t discolour or damage the surface before starting.
  • Use a stiff brush to remove detritus such as mildew, dirt, or animal droppings.
  • Rinse with water before cleaning (both sides).
  • Clean the front and back of the door with warm soapy water and a gentle cloth.
  • Rinse with water after cleaning (both sides).
  • (If applicable) wipe down the springs with an oily rag.
  • Prevent rust and corrosion, stop squeaks, eliminate sticking and reduce friction by lubricating hinges, tracks and rollers with lubricating oil (you can get a can of this quite inexpensively from any hardware store – ask for garage door lube)
  • Don’t try and clean the motor and stay away from any of the electronics! That’s best left to the professionals.

We hope this helps! Any questions, please call Door Doctors on 3299 2992.

The Door Doctors

If you need a hand with buying and installing a new garage door 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!

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Garage Door Repairs – The Basics and Common Issues

Garage Door Repairs – The Basics

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
  • Broken lock/key
  • Lack of service
  • Storm damage

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!

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3299 2992

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