One of the great advantages in owning a house is having your own garage. However, if you happen to have a noisy garage door, you will realize that it can be a huge disturbance to you and your family, as well as your neighbors. Instead of giving you relief of security in your home, it causes irritation to everyone in your property’s vicinity.
There are several reasons why your garage door may be causing more noise than usual. If you experienced hearing rubbing noise from your door, it is likely that your garage door track is bent. On the other hand, loose components of your door—rollers, hinges, chain, nuts, and bolts—can cause a variety of sounds such as high-pitched squeaking, grinding, slapping or vibrating noise. Other possible causes of odd noise from your garage door are poor lubrication of hardware that creates squeaking, rattling or grinding noise; unbalanced doors that makes unusual noises like banging, rattling, or scraping; and improper installation that causes grinding or rattling noises.
Luckily, you don’t have to endure having a noisy garage door in your home for a long time because there are simple and fairly easy ways to fix this issue and to eventually put an end to this nightmare in your residence.
Here are some proven and tested basic repair that you may follow:
• Tighten all nuts and bolts.
The irritating noise you are hearing from your garage door may be due to the nuts, bolts and screws in your door that have rattled loose because of regular daily operation. You can eliminate the noise by tightening the nuts and bolts on your garage door track using a wrench and socket set. In doing so, you have to remember not to overtighten these components so as not to risk pulling the carriage bolt heads through the door or stripping the lag screw holes. Before carrying out this simple task, you need to take safety precautions such as adjusting the bolts and screws with someone, and disconnecting the garage door opener so that no one can open the door while you’re working on it. After making sure that the nuts and bolts are all snug up on your garage door track, spray all the components with garage door lubricant.
• Lubricate or upgrade rollers.
If you’ve tightened the loose nuts and bolts, and your garage door still makes a loud noise, especially when opening or closing, try inspecting your garage door rollers. You can check the rollers by moving them back and forth with your fingers or by watching them to identify any broken rollers as your garage door opens and closes.
If you determine that the rollers are your issues, try lubricating them regularly. If the noise still doesn’t subside, it is time for you to call a trained door systems technician to inspect and upgrade the rollers. If you happen to have metal garage door rollers, it is best to replace them with nylon rollers—they may be slightly more expensive but they sure are much quieter when operated.
Another possible reason for your noisy garage door is sloppy hinges. This accounts for the loud screeching or grinding noises when your garage door rises and closes. Inspect the hinges for cracks by moving them with your hands. You can easily fix this by applying lubricant on the hinges. However, if this doesn’t work or if your garage door hinge happens to be cracked or worn down, then you should adjust, or replace this with the help of a trained door systems technician.
• Grease the track.
Sometimes the noise coming from your garage door is due to lack of maintenance of the garage door track. You can eliminate this by squeezing a large dollop of grease onto your gloved hand and wiping it onto the track. Then, operate the opener a few time to spread the grease along the track and into the trolley so that your garage door will smoothly rise and close without any unnecessary noise.
• Check garage door opener.
The garage door opener that works to conveniently allow you to operate your garage door may also be a cause of the unusual and loud noise during operation. If you hear excessive noise from the opener’s motor, it may be a sign that you already need a garage door opener upgrade. On the other hand, if you have metal bicycle-like chain as the rail assembly on your opener, you have to tighten it to prevent the rattling sounds it makes when in contact with the steel rail.
To completely eliminate the noise coming from your garage door opener, you should consider upgrading to a belt drive operator since this guarantees ultra-quiet operation among all the available units you can find in the market today.