Nothing is irritating like when your sleep gets interrupted by a loud garage door at 5.am, and now you can’t get back to sleep. While the noises may be disturbing, a more significant concern is the underlying issues you need to fix to get rid of the strange noises.
A garage system consists of small components such as cables, rollers, brackets, and hinges, making the system seem complex to fix. However, some parts are safe and easy to repair and maintain on your own. Whether the garage door squeaks, grinds, rattles, or pops, we have outlined some troubleshooting tips to figure out what is wrong with your garage door.
Before you get started, ensure to observe safety measures to avoid accidents. You will want to carry out a visual inspection to ensure that no objects are lying around your working space. Disconnect the garage door from its power source or the door opener so that nobody operates the door while you are working on it.
If the maintenance issue is complex and dangerous to perform by yourself, stop using the garage door and contact Local Garage Door Pros immediately.
Opening and closing your garage door causes wear and tear over time. If the garage door rattles or vibrates when it opens and closes, it is most likely that some screws, nuts, hinges, or bolts are loose.
To fix, you will want to inspect the garage door system for loose parts and tighten them up. Using a deep socket and a ratchet, snug up all bolts and nuts on your garage door track. Be careful not to over tighten as that can drive the carriage bolts heads into the door skin, damaging the door.
For safety purposes, you should not adjust parts connected to your garage’s spring system. These springs are under high tension, and when not properly handled, they can cause injury.
You will want to engage a garage door service expert to handle such a case. Tightening the loose parts not only eliminates the garage door noise but also diminishes the risk of breaking or falling apart.
When you have already fixed loose parts, and the garage door still makes noise, you will need to inspect for dry or worn out parts. When the door moves, it causes friction between the dry parts, which then make a lot of noise- potentially in forms of squeaking and grinding.
To lubricate the moving parts, spray around and inside of all the metal rollers with lubricants. Spray the top of springs and let the lubricant flow down to the base. If your garage door has a chain assembly, lubricate the chain thoroughly. To keep the garage noise to a minimum, you should lubricate all the moving parts at least twice per year.
You should only lubricate the metal parts. Do not lubricate the nylon portion of the garage door system’s rollers or other plastic parts as the lubricants degrade the materials.
By now, you might have realized that your garage door has many moving parts that are prone to wearing out. If lubricating your garage door does not quiet it, you will need to look for any worn parts. Worn out parts can create annoying noise and safety risks.
To identify the worn-out parts, close and open your garage door and pay attention to where the noise is coming from. Check if hinges are broken, worn out, or there are metal filings around the hinge area. If these conditions are present, contact a trained door systems technician to repair or replace the hinges.
Many garage door rollers have unsealed bearings that wear out after years of friction when rolling in the door track. The wear can be so severe that the garage door wobbles when you operate it. Replace the worn rollers with nylon rollers with sealed bearings. While the nylon rollers are more expensive than steel rollers, they are quieter and do not require periodic oiling.
You should not perform any replacement if you do not know how to handle it. If you are uncomfortable doing the replacement yourself, contact Local Garage Doors professionals to do the replacement correctly.
If your door uses torsion springs, you need to check if there is a broken spring. A garage door with broken spring will most likely be noisy. In this case, do not make any adjustment to the parts which are connected. It is a dangerous task, and you should contact a garage door technician to perform it.
Sometimes, a faulty garage door opener might be the cause of the noise you are hearing. If your door opener sounds louder than usual, it is most likely that it is wearing out and so you need to repair or replace it.
Lack of lubrication is likely to cause noise in chain-driven units. Chain-driven openers require frequent lubrication; therefore, you will have to lubricate the chain before you decide to replace the opener.
The inner workings of the opener could also be the problem. Read through the opener’s manual and make the adjustments accordingly. If you have any doubt or you need clarification, contact your local repair service.
If lubricating the opener and adjusting some parts do not solve the noise associated with the opener, you should consider replacing it altogether.
Before you take the measure of replacing your noisy garage door, you must make sure to carry out the measures above thoroughly. If they do not solve the problem, it’s time to replace the garage door. You need to replace the noisy door with a quality, durable, and dependable door from us.
For the most reliable garage door repair and installation services in Florida, call our experts at Local Door Garage Pros. We will diagnose the problem, give a quote, and quickly resolve it with quality and durable solutions.