How to Fix Your Noisy Garage Door

Filed under: Garage Doors

Man standing on a ladder fixing a mechanical garage door openerOver time, you may discover that your garage door becomes noisy when you open and close it. It’s obnoxious, but in most cases the problem can be located and fixed in a few hours or less.

First, use a ratchet to tighten all hardware on the door and its tracks. Be careful not to overtighten the nuts, or you could end up with a bigger problem than the noise.

Now examine your doors for worn rollers and hinges. After years of use, many older rollers become wobbly and produce noise. Replace them with nylon rollers that have sealed bearings. These are available at garage door suppliers, or you can order them online. Your new rollers will be quieter, and won’t require periodic oiling.

Important note: Do NOT attempt to replace the rollers in the bottom brackets if you door uses torsion springs mounted on the header above the door. This can be a dangerous job due to the rollers being under constant spring tension. Call a professional so that you don’t risk serious injury to yourself.

Check your hinges. If you see gray dust or metal filings around the hinge pins, this is a sign of wear and tear that could produce noise. You may also see an oblong hole where the tubular hinge pin mates with the hinge bracket. This is another sign that your hinges are loose and need to be replaced.

Next, examine your garage door chain. A loose chain can cause jerky movements which produce noise. You may need to tighten the chain using the procedure described in your owner’s manual.

Finally, lubricate the track opener with grease, and spray all hinges, rollers, and springs with a garage door lube.

After performing all of these steps, you will notice considerably less garage door noise in most cases. But if you’re still experiencing problems, or you just don’t have the time to do the job, call Precision Garage Door Service at (951) 331-3254. We’ll be happy to take a look at your problem and eliminate that obnoxious noise for you.