Are you at the end of your rope due to the squeaking, rattling and grinding of your garage door? What’s more, that noisy garage door may not help your relations with the other members of your family or nearby neighbors, especially if you leave for work early in the morning. Fortunately for you (and your neighbors) many noisy garage doors can be silenced with just a few quick fixes and regular maintenance checks. Some fixes may even be safely completed by the do-it-yourselfer in your home!
Here are some suggestions for quieting your noisy garage door:
Tighten All the Nuts & Bolts
Using a wrench or socket set, check all the garage door nuts and bolts and retighten them if needed. Over time, some of the bolts may have worked loose with the daily vibrations of the garage door. A quick tighten and the noise may disappear without a trace. Always, use caution to not overtighten.
Replace the Rollers
If retightening all the nuts and bolts hasn’t solved the problem, try inspecting the rollers. Open and shut the door while watching the rollers carefully – you may be able to identify this as the cause of the noise. Your rollers may be worn, causing them to become squeaky or to drag across the tracks and not roll freely. If the rollers appear worn, it might be a good idea to have them replaced. If the rollers appear to be in good order and roll freely, then lubrication might be the answer. A good squirt of a quality lubricant may solve your problem.
Metal and plastic rollers are much noisier than nylon rollers. Consider exchanging old metal rollers for 13 bearing nylon coated shank rollers that are nearly silent. Call us to set an appointment for our technician to change them. DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS BY YOURSELF! Especially the rollers installed in the bottom section, as they are under tremendous pressure and you can be seriously injured.
There are two types of garage door springs. Extension springs can be found above the upper tracks on both sides of the door. Torsion springs are located just above the closed door. Torsion springs should be treated with extreme care as they are under very high tension. If the springs are squeaking or making a clanging or grinding sound, applying a few sprays of a good lubricant should do the trick.
If either of these springs is broken, you should see it right away and we recommend contacting us immediately so one of our trained, professional technicians can get your door operating again.
On old garage doors the hinges can become worn. The roller stem often begins to wear causing noise when the door opens and closes. Inspect the hinges for wear and play by moving them from side to side. If that seems fine, just lubricate these parts. It sure helps.
Garage Door Opener
Take a look at the tension of the trolley mechanism, whether chain or belt drive. Is it loose? If loose, this could indicate a problem with the gears inside your opener. This is a job for a pro.
The rolling mechanism could also need lubrication. Depending on the opener brand, white grease can be applied to specific parts. If you have a chain drive system, use a metal lubricant. If you have a belt drive, do not apply any grease or lubricant.
If your garage is made of concrete, the doors may be noisy even if operating correctly. The sound of opening and closing can resonate through the garage. One solution is to insulate the supports holding up the horizontal tracks with a strip of rubber to reduce noise.
If you don’t have time to check out what is causing the noise in your garage door system, call us at Security Garage Door (480) 548-0807 and we will be happy to come out and take a look. Estimates are always free and there are never any trip fees or hidden service charges.