Noisy Garage Door? Here’s How to Quiet It Down
Your garage door often gets used the most during the morning and the night. You’re either leaving to start the day or coming home after being out and about. One of the most annoying things for a homeowner is a noisy garage door.
You hate opening and closing your garage door or when it wakes you up because someone else is using it. Thankfully, there are some ways to quiet down that noisy garage door and we’re here to spread the word.
Whether your problem is rusty hinges or you flat out need a new garage door altogether, we’ll go over the most common causes of a noisy garage door so you can finally stop the commotion.
Tighten Up Loose Ends
Your garage door undergoes a lot of traffic causing wear and tear over time. One common cause of a noisy garage door is that the screws, nuts or bolts are loose.
When anything is loose on your garage door, it can easily cause the door to rattle and vibrate more than it should. This creates an unpleasant sound and could very well be the reason why your garage door is making noise.
To fix this, you need to inspect the entire garage door system for any loose screws, nuts or bolts and tighten them up. Not only can this eliminate your garage door noise, but it’ll help make your garage door last longer by reducing the risk of anything falling apart and breaking.
If you checked your garage door and everything is tightened up but it’s still making noise, we’ll go over some more causes below.
Apply Lubricant Where Needed
Another cause of garage door noise can be dry or worn out parts. If the noise you’re experiencing with your garage door sounds more like a squeaking noise, then the problem could just be that you need to apply some lubricant.
Using a lubricant such as WD-40, go around your garage door and spray the rollers, tracks, hinges and springs. Doing this will get rid of any squeaking noises that your garage door makes.
However, this may only provide a short term solution and you’ll have to reapply a lubricant every so often as it wears off. You might have to think about replacing the parts of your garage door if this is the case.
Replace Any Worn Out Parts
If spraying WD-40 doesn’t stop the noise coming from your garage door, then you might have to replace some of the moving parts.
Your garage door features rollers, tracks, springs and hinges that all play a pivotal role in the performance of it. When these parts go bad, they can create an annoying noise as well as a safety risk.
Instead of going all out and replacing everything, you should open and close your garage door and pay attention to where the noise is actually coming from.
Once you’ve pinpointed the source of the garage door noise, you’ll know which part you have to replace. If you’re uncomfortable doing the replacement yourself, contact a local repair company to get the job done safely and correctly.
The Noise May Lie Within Your Garage Door Opener
Many times, the noise you’re hearing from your garage door is directly associated with the opener. If your garage door opener suddenly seems louder than usual, it could be a sign that it’s wearing out and coming to the end of its time.
Save Your Current Opener
However, before you make the decision to get a new garage door opener, there are a few things you can check that’ll salvage your current opener.
If your opener is a chain driven unit, then the problem could very well be that you simply need to lubricate the chain. This is a common maintenance task associated with chain driven openers.
Another cause of a noisy garage door deriving from the opener is that the inner-workings are worn out. Take a look at your opener’s manual and make adjustments from there. If you’re uncomfortable doing so, contact your local repair service.
If after lubricating and changing out some of the parts still doesn’t solve the noise and you still hear it coming from the opener, the best option is to replace the opener altogether.
If All Else Fails, Replace Your Garage Door
As this is the most drastic measure to take for a noisy garage door, you should double check everything to make sure you didn’t miss the cause of the noise.
Oftentimes, an old and worn out garage door will be noisy no matter what. For example, a dented aluminum one or a rotting wood garage door are both lost causes.
In order to truly get rid of your noisy garage door, you should replace it with a durable and dependable insulated steel garage door. Unlike wood and aluminum, a steel garage door will stand the test of time and won’t rot, swell, warp or dent. They’re made for the Midwest.
Just the garage door isn’t enough though. You need to pair that door with a quality opener and superb installation. If your garage door is not properly installed, it’ll start making noise in no time.
That’s why homeowners trust Feldco for their garage door needs. We’ve been serving the Midwest for over 40 years and have all the skills and experience necessary to get the job done right.
Our installers are factory trained and certified in order to ensure that your garage door gets installed correctly and efficiently.
So, if you can’t find the source of your noisy garage door and have exhausted all other options, get a free quote now for a new garage door from Feldco that’ll stay quiet and keep you and the neighbors happy.