Repairing A Noisy Garage Door
You expect a level of sound associated with the garage door opening and closing. It’s only natural, then, to be taken aback when the ordinarily quiet door starts making banging, squealing, rattling, and scratching sounds.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why your door would suddenly start behaving this way and how you can repair a noisy garage door.
Garage Door Openers
A garage door opener mounted on the garage’s ceiling operates the door for you. Composed of multiple moving parts (belt drives, screws, and chains), it is usually at fault for all that grinding noise that keeps scaring you every time you open or close the garage door. A faulty screw drive makes a scraping sound when it grinds against the rack. In case of severe damage, door opener replacement could be the only solution.
Unbalanced Door or Broken Springs
Thumping and banging noises indicate an unbalanced door. Springs are in charge of balancing the door’s weight, enabling smooth opening and closing. A loud snap might be an indication of a broken torsion spring. It is NEVER recommended to try and repair the springs on your own as it is a complex process, and a layperson may seriously hurt themselves while working on this. Call a professional from a garage repair company and have them replace the faulty parts.
A squeaking or rattling sound often indicates loose nuts and bolts requiring tightening. Nuts and bolts should be tight enough to hold the door in place but not too close to hinder the movement of all parts. If you’re attempting to tighten them yourself, test the door a few times to confirm that the noise issue is resolved.
Lack of lubrication along the hinges produces rattling, vibrating, squeaking, or grinding noises. Lubricating them prevents the metal parts from rubbing together and creating noise. Like the torsion springs, hinge repair also requires a professional in attendance.
You should service your garage door at least once a year to identify vulnerable parts before the real damage occurs. If you want to have your noisy garage door repaired, take maximum safety precautions, and hire professionals to avoid any injury and high repair costs.