How to Fix a Noisy Garage Door
In most cases, a noisy garage door is caused by simple problems, such as loose hardware, old worn rollers, or pieces that are lacking in lubrication in order to function properly. Any of these issues are easy fixes.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of a noisy garage door and how to fix them.
Tightening Loose Pieces
One of the first things you’ll want to do is take a look at the garage door and see if you can spot any parts of it that appear to be old and worn out. Also be sure to check for any loose or missing pieces.
Going through and tightening any loose pieces can sometimes solve the issue right away. After you’ve tightened all the loose pieces (if any), be sure to spray each moving component with some sort of garage lubricant in order to ensure the part still rolls smoothly after being tightened. The last thing you want is a door that grinds to a halt because of over tightening.
Checking The Garage Door Tracks
Next, check to see if there are any worn hinges and roller pieces. A lot of overhead door track rollers have bearings that are unsealed. If you’ve had your garage door for at least a few years now, the bearings are prone to becoming worn down. In some cases, you may even notice that the tracks themselves are so severely worn that they shake or sway as the garage door opens and closes.
If this is the case, try replacing old, worn out tracks with new nylon rollers that have sealed bearings. You can find these at almost any garage door supplier. If you don’t have one in your area or your dealer doesn’t have these pieces, you can find them for sale online.
The good thing about nylon rollers is that they are much quieter and will not require regular oiling or lubrication. The downside is that they tend to be less affordable than steel tracks.
If you’ve determined that the issue was the tracks, and you’ve purchased the tools necessary to replace them, be sure to follow safety measures to avoid injury if you plan on replacing them yourself. When you replace the tracks, do them one track at a time.
If your garage door relies on torsion springs that are hung over the door, do not replace the bottom bracket rollers. This can pose a serious risk of injury because they are constantly under pressure. If you feel like these parts need to be replaced, have a professional garage door repair specialist take care of it.
Tighten The Garage Door Chain
Once all the worn out components have been replaced, check to see if your garage door opening chain is in good shape. A loose chain can make a loud slapping sound and cause your garage door rollers to slam into the track.
If this is the issue you’re having, the first order of business is to tighten the chain according to the instruction manual, then follow up by adding grease to the track for lubrication.
Let a Professional Do the Hard Work For You
These are some of the most common reasons for a noisy garage door. Once you’ve tried all the steps above, your door should work and sound like new.
If you are still having any issues with your garage door, or if you just don’t feel comfortable making the repairs yourself, contact one of our local professionals in order to help you get the job done right the first time around.