05 Jul How To Fix a Noisy Garage Door
A noisy garage door can be quite a disruption and the noisy sounds are generally unpleasant. Additionally, it is important to recognize when your garage door gets noisier than usual, as a majority of the time garage door noises can be early signs of various problems or something as simple as worn parts. With anything that has moving components, some vibrations and buzzes are expected and considered normal noises, however, you should never have to live with an annoying garage door with consistent unpleasant sounds. Luckily, in most cases, replacement is not necessarily to resolve a loud or squeaky garage door, typically the problem can be resolved by adding lubrication or making minor adjustments to components that have the ability to lower the volume.
Here at JD Garage Doors, we can help you determine what problem is causing your garage doors unpleasant sounds, and provide how you can fix them and when to bring in a professional.
TIGHTEN ANY LOOSE PARTS
From time to time it can be expected that some parts may become loose overtime. With that being said, it is understandable that anything loose on your garage door will cause a rattling noise. For example, the nuts and bolts along a garage door track are some of the most common minor details that can cause noise if they are too loose. When this occurs, it is often nothing to worry about; it’s generally just a telltale sign you’ll need to break out a wrench and socket.
In order to tighten typical garage food nuts and bolts, start by locating them along the track which may be along either side of the garage door. With your wrench, tighten any nuts and bolts that feel loose, however while doing this be careful not to overtighten. If you do happen to overtighten the nut or bolt, you’ll risk stripping the lag screw holes. When a lag screw hole gets stripped, the screws will become even looser or drive the bolt heads straight through the garage doors which would only make the initial issues more complicated. If you are not sure how tight is too tight, it is best to call a professional to help you adjust the nuts and bolts and make sure it is done properly without any damage being caused.
LUBRICATE MOVING PARTS
A good rule of thumb is to remember that there’s metal-on-metal movement, it is essential to lubricate properly and quite often. The areas you’ll need to make sure to lubricate include the rollers, hinges, and springs.
It is recommended that these particular parts should be lubricated once every two months. This is recommended even if you don’t hear any annoying sounds at the moment. Staying up to date with lubrication will help to prevent any future damage or unpleasant noise. It is suggested to wear gloves to keep your hands clean when working with lubricant.
HOW TO LUBRICATE ROLLERS
An essential part to any garage door are the cylinders that connect each panel of your garage door to its track. It is extremely important to know what type of rollers you have on your garage door when considering adding lubrication as each material is treated differently. If you have metal rollers, you can easily spray some petroleum garage door lubricant on these areas. After lubricating, make sure to wipe away any excess liquid that may not be used. If you have nylon rollers, do not use a lubricant. Nylon rollers don’t need lubrication to function, and the chemical compounds in the petroleum can break down the rollers. If you have nylon rollers and still hear noise, the sound may have another source, or it could be you need to replace your old rollers with new ones.
HOW TO LUBRICATE HINGES
Hinges are another key component in any garage doors functionality You will find hinges located on each panel of your garage door. Hinges are what allow your garage door to fold on its way up and down. Similar to dealing with a squeaky door, proper lubrication can help if you hear a creaking noise coming from your doors hinges while either opening or closing. As with the rollers, you’ll want to give the hinges a generous helping of lubricant and wipe away any excess that drips off.
As you spray your garage doors hinges, check for any dust or metal filings. This is important to take note of because when there are signs of any dust or metal filings, it is a sign the joints are wearing out. If the hinges are showing signs of wear, it is time to call a professional to replace them to ensure your garage door remains problem free.
HOW TO LUBRICATE SPRINGS
As mentioned, a garage door and its functionality rely on various parts to work together, there are also a number of different types for certain parts especially for springs which have 2 types. One type of spring is called a torsion spring, which you will find just above your closed garage door. The second type of spring will be found on either side of the garage door nearby the track. When adding lubricant to your springs it is critical to remember both types of springs require lubricant.
It is still recommended to wear gloves while lubricating springs as you would with hinges and rollers. However, since springs are a bit larger than hinges and rollers, another tip of advice would be to use a piece of folded cardboard as a splash guard when lubricating.
REPLACE ALL WORN PARTS
As you lubricate all the metal parts of your garage door, be on the lookout for any components that look broken or worn. If you see any damaged or worn parts, call an expert to replace these parts for you.
HOW TO SPOT A WORN-OUT ROLLER
A common sign of a worn-out roller is a squeaking or grinding sound. Many rollers have unsealed bearings that break down from years of use and contact with dirt. If your garage door seems noisier than usual while moving, it’s most likely a sign that you need the rollers on your garage door replaced.
Whenever you decide to replace a damaged roller, it’s a good idea to replace all of them at once. When replacing all of your garage doors rollers, this usually means you’ll need to purchase 12 rollers. If you’re worried about noise and seek a quieter option, nylon rollers are your best bet. Nylon rollers are less noisy and require less maintenance than metal rollers. For this process, you will need to reach out to a professional to complete the job.
HOW TO SPOT A WORN-OUT HINGE
While wear and tear is less likely on hinges in comparison to rollers, however there still are a few things to stay aware of. First, if you see any metal dust around the hinges, this is a sign they are deteriorating. Second, if you happen to see an unusual or oblong hole anywhere on your hinges, you need to replace them with new hinges.
If you see wear and tear or damage to your garage doors hinges, please call a profession and do not attempt to replace them on your own.Incorrect hinge replacement can not only cause a number of problems but can also be extremely dangerous since it can cause your garage door to fall.
If your garage door is unusually noisy, or even not working at all, it may be a problem with the springs on your door. If your garage door makes a loud sound, especially when it hits the ground, faulty springs are most likely the cause. Check your springs for rust and other damage, if you happen to come across any of these problems, contact an expert immediately.
Only a professional should handle work involving springs. The high tension in springs makes them very dangerous, and you should not attempt to work on or near the springs or counterbalance system independently. Instead, call a professional to have your springs safely assessed and replaced.
KEEP YOUR GARAGE DOOR QUIET FOR GOOD
Checking up on your garage door when it starts to make an unwanted noise can not only save you the headache of an unpleasant, noisy garage door, but can also help you avoid costly repairs down the line. If checking and lubricating the components of your garage door doesn’t silence the clamor or reveal which parts may be damaged, it is time to ask for a professional’s expertise.
If you are in need of a repair, replacement or are solely just concerned about checking the maintenance of your garage on your own, schedule a service from JD Garage Doors. If you are not ready to get a repair done at the moment you can always request an estimate to have new parts installed that are sure to make your garage door a little quieter and working as it should be hassle free.