3 Tips For Quieting A Noisy Garage Door

If your house has an attached garage, then the noise from your garage door as it opens and closes can become a real distraction inside your house. Garage doors can get pretty loud – yours might wake you up from a sound sleep or interrupt your favorite show whenever someone comes or goes through the garage. Many people just accept the noise, but the truth is that your garage door doesn't have to be loud and annoying. Take a look at some tips that can help you quiet your garage door and stop the noisy interruptions in your house.

Check for Balance

Before you do anything else, you should check to make sure that your garage door is balanced properly. An unbalanced door is not only loud, it will eventually stop working entirely. You can test your door to see if it's balanced by pulling the emergency cord to separate the door from the opener track. Open it manually to the halfway point. If it stays in place, it's balanced, but if it starts to fall, it's unbalanced.

Unbalanced doors can be fixed by adjusting the spring tension. Whether or not you can fix the problem yourself depends on what kind of springs you have. Many garage doors have torsion springs, and these should never be adjusted by anyone other than an experienced garage door professional. Tampering with them can be dangerous. However, if you have stretch springs, you can adjust the door yourself by attaching vise grips to both sides of the door track, and removing and repositioning the S-hooks that are attached to the track.

Tighten and Lubricate

If your door is still making too much noise after you ensure that it's balanced, it may be that the hardware is loose or that the moving parts of the door need lubrication. Start by checking all of the nuts and bolts on the door – with daily usage, these parts can become loose and need to be tightened. Make sure to check for loose pieces on the track, as well as loose parts on the garage door itself.

Next, it's time to lubricate all of the moving parts. Apply oil to all of the hinges, as well as to the track and the pulleys. Your garage door opener may have a chain, a screw, or a belt that raises and lowers the door. Belts don't need to be lubricated, but your chain or screw might need oil, so apply some there as well. This should make your garage door much quieter.

Clean or Replace Rollers

If your rollers are dirty, that could be responsible for some of the noise that you hear.  Rollers are easy to clean – just loosen the nuts to pull them out, wipe them down with a degreaser, dry them off, and put them back in their place.

In some case, you may want to consider replacing the rollers entirely. Metal rollers on a metal track will make noise regardless of how clean they happen to be, especially if they've become dented over time. Replacing them with nylon rollers will quiet the door. This is an inexpensive fix, and nylon rollers are easy to maintain and replace. Just remember that as they wear out, nylon rollers will begin to make noise as well – if you already have nylon rollers and you're still hearing too much noise, it may be a sign that you need a new set. Just remove them the same way you would remove the roller to clean it, and insert a new one in its place.

These simple maintenance tasks should be enough to restore peace and quiet in your home. However, if you've balanced your door, tightened all the nuts and bolts, lubricated the moving parts, and cleaned or replaced the rollers and the noise hasn't stopped, click this link or call a garage door repair professional to look deeper into the problem.