Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has some great DIY tips to reduce the noise of your garage door. If you are the family member that has a bedroom above or beside the garage, listening to the noise every time someone uses the garage gets pretty annoying.
To start, get a can of good quality garage door lubricant; good lubrication can solve a lot of problems. Also, grab a rag to wipe off excess lubricant so it doesn’t drip on your vehicle or belongings.
Diagnosing Garage Door Noises
What kind of noises are you hearing? Where is the noise coming from? Identification of the will help to find a solution. Let’s start with the most common offender.
Rattles and Squeaks:
Rattles and squeaks come from many areas, with hinges and rollers the biggest offender.
- Tighten screws on the hinges and tracks so they’re snug. Don’t over tighten them.
- Lubricate hinge pins and rollers
- Lubricate tracking the rollers travel on
- Lubricate the torsion spring, spraying the lubricant on the top of the spring.
- Lubricate pulleys at the end of the torsion bar.
Lubricate the pulley and cable rail that travels from the garage door motor to the garage door. It can make a grinding noise if it’s not traveling smoothly.
Rattling or Tapping noise:
This might be the chain slapping the pulley and cable track. Chains can get fatigued and stretched causing the chain to hit the bottom of the track that travels from the motor to the door. Tighten the chain by turning the adjustment screw that attaches the chain to the pulley and cable guide. Leave some slack in the chain, but not enough to slap the bottom track guide. DO NOT over tighten the chain or you can pull out the gear that goes into the motor which will be an expensive fix.
High Screech or Metal Grinding:
This may be a misaligned track. This might be caused by something falling against or hitting the tracking. If you can tell where the sound is coming from, make an adjustment to that areas brackets that hold the track in place.
Humming or Vibration:
This is most likely vibration of the motor traveling up the support brackets, into the ceiling and being amplified inside your home. Reduce the noise by inserting bushings or a piece of rubber to act as shock absorbers between the metal support and the ceiling. With the bushings inserted the metal support will no longer lay against the ceiling, which should stop the vibration transmission.
Other Ideas that Might Help:
Replace metal rollers with nylon rollers. It is a relatively inexpensive change to reduce noise. Replace the rollers one at a time. If your garage door has the torsion spring in the header of your garage, DO NOT replace the rollers at the bottom of the garage door. The bottom rollers are under tremendous pressure and should only be changed by a professional.
Consider a belt driven opener, which will run significantly quieter compared to a chain drive.
Call Us to Make Your Garage Door Quieter
The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair hopes you have found these ideas for stopping a noisy garage door useful. We are only a phone call away. You are welcome to call us any time. We are here to help.