How to Lubricate Garage Door Springs and Chains

What You'll Need
Silicone spray
WD-40 spray

Garage door springs make the work of opening the garage door much easier. Without the springs to take the tension of the door, the door would be quite heavy. Keeping these garage door springs in top condition is important not only for the ease of opening the garage door, but also for the longevity of the springs. The best way to keep them maintained is through lubrication.

Step 1 - Establish Plan

Keeping the springs lubricated should be a part of an entire maintenance plan for the garage door. The garage door springs, securing bolts, and other hardware should be lubricated with a thin layer of silicone or WD-40 spray to keep them working and protection against rust. Plan to do this at least twice a year.

Step 2 - Clean Garage Door Springs

Before you spray anything to the springs, you must clean the surface of them. They pick up quite a bit of dust as they are being used. Wipe them down with a clean rag.

Step 3 - Apply Lubrication

Lower the garage door and spray the lubrication of choice on the springs, pulley, cable, and attaching hardware. Wipe off the excess so it does not drip on floor. Operate the garage door a few times to work the lubrication into the joints and metal.