Purchasing a new garage door is a big investment, so you want to make sure it lasts a long time. Wondering how to keep your garage door running smoothly for the long run? Be sure to check out the following tips.

Clean the tracks. The first things you want to do is clean the tracks with a rag to eliminate any kind of buildup that might be affecting your garage door’s ability to smoothly glide. Clogged tracks can generate unwanted noise and impede smooth movement, so it is good to stay on top of them and make sure that they are clean.

Don’t forget to lubricate. Your garage door is one of the biggest moving parts in your home. To keep things moving and running smoothly, lubricant is key. This means that you will need to lubricate:

  • Springs: Your garage door springs are responsible for lifting the door up, so it is always a wise idea to give them a bit of TLC every now and then. Spray down the springs with lubricant so that they move smoothly, but make sure you don’t lubricate them too much — you don’t want extra lubricant dripping out of the springs.
  • Hinges: If you have steel hinges, be sure to lubricate them at their pivot point. However, keep lubrication off of plastic hinges. Lubricating plastic hinges can actually cause them to deteriorate over time.
  • Rollers: Lubricating your rollers will keep your garage door running smoothly. If you have nylon rollers, it is important to note that you will only want to lubricate the bearings, not the actual nylon wheels themselves.

Check the door balance. Last but not least, you want to conduct checks on a regular basis to make sure that your garage door is properly balanced. Luckily, checking this is pretty easy.

All you need to do is open the garage door halfway and make sure that it stays in an even position. If you find that the garage door doesn’t stay in that position and either shoots back up or falls down, it could signify a problem with your springs, and you’ll want to call in a professional.