There are few things as grating on the nerves as a squeaky, noisy garage door. Loose hardware, parts in need of lubrication, worn rollers, or an opener lacking necessary anti-vibration padding are the typical and most prevalent causes of noisy garage doors. Loud garage doors are simple to fix, and if you set aside a single afternoon for maintenance you should be able to solve the problem in no time at all. Listed below are the steps to take if your garage door has been making a racket and you are desperate to shut it up for good.
Fix A Squeaky Garage Door On Your own
- Tighten up all of the hardware.
Use your deep socket and ratchet to tighten up all of the nuts throughout your hardware – just be sure you are not over-tightening. Over-tightening could potentially strip the lag screw holes.
- Check for worn hinges and rollers.
The unsealed bearings of many track rollers may begin to fall apart of years of use – causing the entire noisy garage door to wobble and shake. If your rollers are worn down, consider replacing them with nylon rollers. Replace rollers one at a time; but if your door uses torsion springs that are mounted at the header above the door, allow a professional to change them out! You could get seriously injured.
Worn hinges are less common, but they can make quite a bit of noise. If you notice an oblong hole where the tubular hinge pin meets the hinge bracket, it is time to replace your hinges.
Make Sure Everything Is Well-Lubricated and In Good Condition
- Check your garage door opener chain.
A loose garage door opening chain could be causing a loud slapping sound – tighten the chain, and then lubricate the opener track with grease. If you have a screw drive opener, be sure you grease the threads. You can find the tightening procedure in your owner’s manual.
- Spray your hinges, springs, and roller bearings with lubricant.
You can pick up door lubrication at nearly any hardware store for under $10. Be sure you are hitting all pivot points with lubrication as well.
- Install anti-vibration pads.
Slip an anti-vibration pad between the ceiling and the mounting bracket, and slide a second pad underneath the bracket. Place a fender washer onto the new lag screw and drive it into the rafter using an impact driver or a socket wrench.
Fixing a noisy garage door is typically extremely easy, and you can do it by yourself in a matter of hours if you have the proper tools and materials.
Required Tools and Materials
Making sure you have all of the necessary tools before beginning this project will undoubtedly save you ample time and frustration. Listed below are all of the tools you will need:
- Adjustable wrench
- Wrench set
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Impact driver
- Socket/ratchet set
In addition to all of the above tools, you will need to have all of the following materials on hand:
- Rubber anti-vibration pads
- Garage door lube
- Fender washers
- Lag screws
- Replacement hinges
- Nylon rollers
If you have any further questions regarding how to fix a noisy garage door, please call Garage MD today! We look forward to working with you in order to get all parts of your garage door working properly and efficiently.