Garage doors normally make a certain amount of noise and vibration upon opening and closing, but sometimes the noise is loud enough to bother people while they’re sleeping. The first inclination with a noisy garage door might be to replace the entire system, but usually that’s not necessary and some routine maintenance can often fix it.
The first step in investigating a noisy garage door is to look at the bolts and nuts on the garage door and track. If any are loose, this could easily be the source of the noise. Tighten all the nuts and bolts, but make sure not to over-tighten them. Another easy fix that might help is to lubricate all the moving parts of the garage door. Spray lubricant on the track, the rollers, hinges, chains and anything else that moves with the door.
The next possibility is that the metal rollers on the door are old and worn. Choosing to replace the metal rollers with nylon ones will also help quiet the garage door, as nylon garage door rollers are softer and don’t need lubrication. The average five-section garage door should require about 12 rollers, but it’s important to measure the rollers before buying new ones. Installing rollers isn’t a particularly difficult job, but a professional can get the job done quickly.
One word of caution is that there are two types of springs used in standard garage door functions. Extension springs are on both sides of the upper track, while torsion springs are on the header over the closed door. Torsion springs are constantly under tension and attempting to replace the bottom bracket rollers carries the risk of serious injury. Homeowners with this type of garage door spring should contact a professional for roller replacement. In general, any spring work on a garage door should be done by professionals.
Another possibility for quieting noisy garage doors is to replace the hinges. Assess the hinges and notice whether any have holes that are an oblong shape instead of round. This shows wear and these hinges should be replaced.
For more information on repairing noisy garage doors or to schedule a consultation, call Knecht Ace Overhead Doors at (360) 980-1503. Knecht Ace Overhead Doors serves Camas, Vancouver, Battle Ground and Hazel Dell in Washington.