Eliminate Garage Door Opener Noises

Jan 1

Eliminate Garage Door Opener Noises

The garage door comprises several components, such as garage door cables, rollers, pulleys, springs, and hinges

Noisy garage doors that rattle, grind, and squeak can frustrate homeowners. Often, there are steps a homeowner can take to minimize garage door noises. Some technicians specialize in garage door service, repair, and replacement for those uncomfortable doing the work themselves.

Causes of garage door noises

The garage door comprises several components, such as garage door cables, rollers, pulleys, springs, and hinges. If any of these components do not function as designed, it can cause the garage door opener to make a grinding noise. Some problems could be easily fixed. However, the more complex ones require a professional garage door opener repair company.

Homeowners can maintain their garage door between service visits with a few easy steps.

Re-tighten nuts and bolts

Over time, as homeowners open and close their garage doors daily, the nuts and bolts may work loose. A quick tightening of these parts may prevent the garage door from making a grinding noise. Using a socket set or a wrench, check to ensure the bolts are tight and tighten them if required.

Lubricate or replace garage door rollers

Rollers travel in the track to raise and lower the garage door and can loosen and wear over time. They are made either from metal or nylon.

If re-tightening all the nuts and bolts does not fix the grinding noise of your garage door, it could be the rollers. Inspect them while the door travels up and down several times to determine which roller or rollers are the culprit.

Worn rollers typically make a squeaking noise; the only solution is to replace them. However, if the rollers appear in good shape, they may need lubricant, especially metal rollers. Use a can of metal lubricant to apply a coat to the rollers, which should resolve the noise.

On the other hand, if your garage door rollers need replacing, opt for metal rollers over nylon ones, as they are considered much quieter. Replacing rollers is not a DIY project. Contact a reputable garage door technician for a service call.

Replace garage door springs

Extension or torsion springs are used on garage doors to open and close the door. Extension springs are installed above the upper tracks on the left and right sides of the garage door, while torsion springs are located just above the closed door.

It is the second type that you should be extra careful with as they are under high tension. If either torsion spring breaks, the door won’t open. Again, this is not a DIY repair, as it can be dangerous. Contact a garage repair technician.

If the springs are making a squeaking or tiny clanging sound, blasting a spray metal lubricant or applying a small amount of motor oil should do the trick.

Replace the hinges

The hinges on an old garage door can become worn. The roller stem usually begins to wear, which causes noise when in operation. So, move the garage door from the side to inspect the hinges for wear. If everything is fine, the hinges may need lubrication. If worn, they need to be replaced.

Call a garage door repair company

Garage doors are heavy, and repairs can be dangerous for the average homeowner without the proper training. Instead of risking injury, hire a professional garage door repair company. They can perform an annual garage door inspection and repair or replace any faulty components. Frequent garage door maintenance is inexpensive and will secure the safety and reliability of the door.

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