Reasons a Garage Door is Noisy

Jul 1

Reasons a Garage Door is Noisy

A garage is a useful, safe, and spacious structure for any home. Earlier garage doors used to be noisy, but now due to the use of superior openers, sleeker rolls, and lighter materials, garage doors function smoothly and quietly. If you are experiencing creaking, grinding, banging, or other obnoxious noises from your garage door, there is some issue with one or more parts that need fixing. 

A noisy garage door can be annoying, not only for the homeowner but also for the neighbors. It is not usual to have a noisy garage door, and knowing the reasons behind it can help you fix the problem.  The most common reasons behind a noisy garage door include:

WORN OUT ROLLERS

In many cases, one of the reasons behind a noisy garage door is bad or worn-out rollers. Rollers are usually made from metal and have a limited life. With regular use, rollers wear out due to friction and pressure and develop uneven edges and cracks. A faulty roller will produce a squeaking or grinding noise. Observe the rollers while opening and closing the garage door. If your metal rollers look worn, the best way to stop the sound is to lubricate them. You can also consider investing in nylon rollers that absorb sound effectively. 

IMPROPERLY BALANCED DOORS

An unbalanced garage door results in poor functioning and excessive noise. Pull the emergency cord to operate it manually. If it is functional, it will be stable and won’t move much, but it will start to fall more quickly than expected if it is unbalanced. An unbalanced door will make banging, rattling, or scraping noises. Call a garage door repair professional to address the problem. 

FAULTY OR LOOSE PARTS

The parts that hold the garage door will eventually start to loosen due to wear and tear. The nut, bolts, and screws need to be regularly checked and tightened if lose. You will hear a rattling or vibrating noise while opening and closing if the parts have become loose. Flawed spring or hinges can also cause a loud sound. A garage door repair professional can replace springs and hinges if they are old or damaged. 

GARAGE DOOR OPENER

The various type of garage door openers includes belt drive, chain drive, and screw drive. It is a possibility that your garage door opener is causing excessive noise. Chain drive garage door openers are durable and inexpensive but are usually the noisiest of all. If you are using a chain drive opener, upgrade it to a belt drive for reduced noise and minimal vibrations.

LACK OF LUBRICATION

A garage door takes a lot of wear and tear, turning it stiff and noisy over time. It will start making squeaking, rattling, or grinding sound if the hardware requires lubrication. Moving garage doors parts like springs, hinges, tracks, and chain assemblies need proper lubrication twice a year. 

TOO OLD

If your garage door is more than 15 to 20 years old, it will be noisy. Consider installing a new garage door with better features and less noise.

Garage doors can be noisy for various reasons, and no homeowner would like to deal with the hassles that come with it. The best way to prevent noisy garage doors is through regular maintenance. If you are unhappy about your noisy garage door, call an expert who can quickly diagnose the issues and repair or replace your noisy garage door.

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