Keep Your Garage Door Hinges In Prime Condition To Make A Stealthy Exit

While some parts of a garage door opener are too dangerous to work on, the hinges are not one of these areas. Over time the hinges between each panel will start to rust and break down. A few simple steps for garage door repair will allow you to leave quietly at any hour of the day or night.

Inspect the Hinges for Wear

Always shut off the garage door opener before doing any work or inspections on the door. Any hinges that are close to wearing out should be replaced, not repaired. Check each hinge carefully for rust, and look carefully at the slot the pin goes into. The pin should be somewhat loose, but not so much that the hinge rattles when the door opens. If this is a problem, you will often find metal shavings or the casing will no longer be round.

If you have an older garage door, there is a good chance that the hinges have started to rust. You have two options in this case. Try to work the hinges lose and grease them up so they will continue to function, or replace them. If you opt for replacement, you might want to do all the hinges at once. Trying to find hinges that match your vintage door is going to be a challenge. This would also give you the opportunity to upgrade to higher quality hinges, which use metals that are not prone to rust.

Work to Free Rusted or Sticky Hinges

Getting a stuck hinge free will require some patience, but it can be done. Start by using liberal amounts of penetrating oil to get the pin free. Use a rag to keep the oil from damaging the finish on the door. You may need to go through several applications, and give the oil some time to work after each application. Once the pin is able to move again, see if you can remove it. Older doors may not have this option, and even newer doors won't allow it if the pin is badly stuck. If the pin is not removable, just lubricate the hing best you can.

If you can remove the pin, you are in good shape. That means you can get in to clean the pin and its housing properly. Remove as much rust as you can from both the pin itself and the housing. Finally, use a long term lubricant, such as silicone spray, to lube up the joint and replace the pin.

Replace Badly Damaged Hinges

After serious damage, your only choice will be to replace the broken hinge. It is very important to only work on one hinge at a time if you do not want to take down the garage door to work on it. If it all possible, buy hinges that will fit into the same mounting locations as the old ones. Drilling new holes in the door is not something you can do while the door is hanging from the rollers and will likely require that you hire some help.

Unscrew the hinge from the door and remove it and the attached roller. While you have the opportunity, replace the roller one that has a nylon ball at the end. This will further reduce the noise level when you open and shut the door. If the hinge has a slot at one tip and a hole at the other, install the hinge with the slot side pointing up. Slide the new roller into the track and bolt the new hinge into place. Make sure all the bolts are secure before moving on to the next hinge.

If you are still having noise issues after replacing the hinges, you may need a repair technician to come out and look at the springs and belt of the drive. These parts can cause noise, but are not safe to work on yourself. Once everything is in order, you should be able to escape as needed, without alerting anyone in the house.