Garage doors need regular lubrication and maintenance to keep them operating properly.

Garage Door Maintenance

Check Garage Door Hardware: Check the bolts and screws on the garage door regularly to make sure they haven’t worked loose, and tighten up any that have.

Lubricate Garage Door: Use a spray lubricant to lubricate the garage door track, rollers, and chain.

Test Garage Door Sensor: Check the door closing sensor to make sure it’s working properly.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Danny Lipford: People often ask me how they can silence a noisy garage door that rattles and squeaks when it opens or closes. Because there are so many moving parts in these things, and they’re used so frequently, it’s not uncommon for the nuts, bolts, and screws to work themselves loose over time.

A little regular maintenance is a good idea. Simply checking all of the fasteners with a socket wrench every year or two is a good way to catch loose ones before they fall out and disappear altogether. If you have missing fasteners, they can usually be replaced with large, self-tapping screws.

While you’re working on the door, it’s a good idea to lubricate the track the door rides on as well as the rollers themselves. If the garage door opener is chain-driven, it will help to apply some lubricant to it as well.

Finally, check the sensors in the opening to be sure they will properly stop the door from closing if there is an obstruction in the doorway.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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