The rollers on a garage door allow the garage door to roll on its track so that it can open and close smoothly. These rollers are attached to the door, and they are a crucial part of your garage door system. Most people do not pay any (or much) attention to these rollers until they begin to make an unpleasant noise, or they are not working properly. Yet, understanding all of the necessary components of any appliance in your home is crucial. Seeing as a garage door is probably the largest and heaviest appliance in your house, making sure that it works properly is essential for the safety of you and your family.
Garage door rollers should be inspected at least once a year. This quick, DIY inspection simply requires that you take time to check your garage door while it is operating to notice anything that is “off” with your garage door system. During this inspection, pay attention to unusual noises that your garage door makes during operation. Are there loud squeaks or popping sounds, does your garage door motor sound like it is about to die, or does the entire system sound like it is straining to operate? All of these noises indicate that your garage door needs professional attention. You also want to look closely at the garage door rollers. Self-inspection should reveal even minor issues. When it comes to the garage door rollers, you want to look for specific things:
- The roller is firmly attached to the shaft
- The roller should spin freely on the shaft
- The roller should not wiggle or have any play in it
- The roller smoothly runs along the garage door track
- Inspect the roller for cracks
- Inspect the roller for missing rubber or nylon
Your garage door rollers operate on a pulley system. They allow the garage door to move up and down on its track, and this operation should perform quietly and smoothly. Many times, lubrication of the rollers is all that is needed for them to regain smooth operation. Lubricating your garage door rollers should be done about every 3 – 4 months, or twice a year at minimum. Keeping the rollers properly lubricated with prolong the life of the garage door rollers, maintain your garage door track, and will help to ensure that you get the longest time of operation from your entire garage door system.
If you notice that your garage door rollers are locked up, feels or sounds like it is grinding, wiggles, or does not run smoothly on the track, then it is time to replace the rollers. This is a job for the professionals – it is not a DIY project! Remember, your garage door is the largest and heaviest operating appliance in your home (unless you have an elevator). It is never recommended that homeowners take on garage door repair jobs. You do not want to have an 1,100-pound door come crashing down on you or a loved one while doing a repair yourself. And you do not want an 1,100-pound door falling on anyone when you resume operation after a “repair”.
At HABPRO Garage Doors, we are garage door experts. When you contact HABPRO Garage Doors for expert repair of your garage door or garage door opener, you can put your mind and wallet at ease. Not only will we professionally repair your garage door or garage door opener, but we will also inspect and service your entire system. Our trained professionals will perform a 15-Point Service Checklist, examine all moving parts for wear and tear, lubricate parts as needed, and make suggestions to prolong the life of your garage door and garage door system.
HABPRO Garage Doors is an award-winning 5-Star Kudzu rated garage door company that has served North Georgia residents and business owners for over 40 years. Contact us today for the highest standard in garage door selection, repair, and customer service.