To reduce or eliminate noise and vibration from your garage door the team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair has some simple maintenance solutions to try and will share with you how to install some anti-vibration pads. Let’s take a look at some easy solutions to that noisy garage door.
Check Rollers, Hinges, and Straps
First check the rollers, hinges, and straps on your garage door. Tighten any loose items, being careful not to over tighten them or you may pull the screws right through the garage door or strip the nuts. Lubricate the moving parts with a good garage door opener lubricant. If the rollers are still noisy you may want to consider changing metal rollers to nylon rollers.
Check the Tracking
Take a look at the track and note any areas that do not appear to be straight and may be causing binding as the door opens and closes. If you open and close the door it will be easier to detect where the noise and vibration are coming from. Replace any tracks that have been bent or need straightening.
Check the Garage Door Opener Chain
Check to see if there is excess slack in your garage door opener chain. There should be some slack in it, but it should not be slapping the garage door. If it needs adjustment to check your owners’ manual for the instructions for your opener. If you have a track drive opener lubricate the opener track. If you have a screw drive opener lubricate the threads.
Install Anti-Vibration Pads
Your garage door opener is attached to the ceiling of your garage. If your garage door is still creating problems it may be because the vibration of your garage door opener is being transmitted through the supports that tie it to the ceiling. Consider installing anti-vibration pads to absorb the vibration.
There are manufacturer’s who make kits to do this, however, you can easily do it yourself with just a few pieces of minimal materials and equipment. The rubber isolation pieces will be installed directly into the ceiling of the garage and the trusses that hold your garage door opener. Here’s what you need to do it yourself:
- 4 ea 5-1/2” square x rubber pads. You can cut these from an old tire, or buy pads made for this application
- 4 ea 1-1/2” Fender Washers
- 4 ea coarse threaded Lag Screws
- Step Ladder
- Safety glasses
- Tape measure
- Wrench set
- Cordless Drill
- Close garage door and put your safety glasses on.
- Measure the distance from the ceiling to the top of the garage door motor.
- Write down the measurement, you will need it later!
- Disconnect the power from the garage door opener.
- Use your ladder or stand to hold the garage door motor.
- Disconnect the metal brackets from the ceiling.
- Disconnect metal brackets from the existing garage door motor.
- Install the rubber pieces behind the door opener bracket using the new lag screws and fender washers in the ceiling area where the trusses were originally screwed.
It is best to drill new holes to make sure they are secure.
- Remember that initial measurement you took when starting this project? This is where you need it.
- As the rubber insulator is now adding an inch or so of length to your opener you will need to mark the spot on the support truss to return the opener to the same length you measured previously.
- Measure and adjust the height of garage door motor metal brackets using PRIOR measurement taken earlier.
- Reinstall the garage door motor to the metal brackets using the original hardware.
- Plug in your garage door opener motor.
- Test and make adjustments if needed.
That’s it! You can solve your garage door problem with a few materials and a little effort.
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The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is available to help you with all of your garage door needs. Give us a call and a team member will always be available to help you.