Dealing With A Noisy Garage Door: Troubleshooting And Repair

Posted on: 31 July 2015

When you use your garage door opener, are you constantly annoyed by loud noises coming from the door as it opens or closes? If so, then you might want to contact a garage door service to have the problem repaired. Before you do so, however, there are some simple steps you can take to troubleshoot common garage door problems that may be causing a noisy door.

Try Lubricating the Rollers and Chains

Have you ever taken the time to lubricate the moving parts of your garage doors? If not, then there's a good chance this is the problem. Over time, the moving parts of your door opener (essentially the rollers and chains) need to be lubricated, just as the moving parts on your car's engine do. You can buy a spray lubricator from your local hardware store and easily do this yourself on a ladder.

Check the Balance of the Garage Doors

Another possible cause of a noisy garage door is that of a door that's out of balance. When your garage door is professionally installed, it's carefully balanced to ensure smooth opening and closing. Over time, however, the door can become imbalanced; even a slight imbalance could lead to a vibration noise or other sounds coming from your door as it opens and closes. If this is the problem, you will want to have the door re-balanced by a reputable garage door service.

Tighten Up Any Loose Hardware

Take the time to check the nuts, bolts, and other hardware within your garage door and opener to ensure that everything is nice and tight. Over time, bolts and screws can loosen, causing vibration and unwanted noise when your garage door is in motion. Go through with a screw driver and/or wrench and tighten up anything that appears to be loose to see if that does the trick.

Install a Set of Anti-Vibration Pads

Finally, if the sound coming from your garage door sounds like a vibration, then your garage door may be in need of vibration pads, which can be put in place to absorb the shock from a vibrating door or other parts and thus eliminate the noise. These should be installed by a professional, but you can get them cheap at your local hardware store or home improvement store. From there, you can enjoy a well operating and quiet garage door once again without spending much money in the process.