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When Should You Replace Your Garage Door Roller?

Although often not visible, the garage door roller is what allows the garage door to run smoothly up towards the ceiling using the tracking system. These rollers are usually made out of hard plastic or steel. However, as durable as they are, they will need to be looked over every couple of years, with maintenance done every few months. Failure to do so can lead to your door not functioning properly or not able to lift up the track properly. The following includes a few ways to find out if you need to replace your garage door roller.

Garage Door Roller Movement

One of the most obvious signs that a roller needs to be replaced is when you go to touch it and begin to notice some wiggling of the roller. The fact is that a roller should be secured to the shaft, and thus any movement could be a sign that it’s about to fail. If you’re not sure about the amount of allowable movement, it is important to seek the services of a Torrance garage door repair company.

Lack of Spinning

Usually, when your garage door is making loud scraping noises, it’s not good news. Loud scraping noises that are coming from the tracking system usually end up involving the roller. A roller must be able to spin freely as it goes up and down the system. If it fails to spin properly then it may be time for a replacement.


Although all components will need replacement at one point, there is something you can do to prolong that replacement. Manufacturers advise homeowners to lubricate their roller at least once every three to four months. This will ensure that they are functioning properly for years to come.