Does a grinding, clanking, or squeaking sound put you on edge every time you open your garage door? If so, you’re likely not the only one—a loud garage door can wake up your family members, anger your neighbors, and provoke your pets.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little fine-tuning and a regular garage door maintenance schedule, you can turn down the volume on your garage door and look forward to a future of silent shutting.
Keep reading to learn how to fix a loud garage door.
Tighten the Nuts and Bolts
Loose nuts and bolts could be the reason your noisy garage door is driving you nuts. In particular, a rattling or vibrating sound coming from your garage door is a surefire sign that something’s come loose.
The average garage door contains over 100 screws, nuts, and bolts so it’ll take a while to inspect and tighten each one. But, if loose fasteners were the issue, you should notice a difference straight away.
Inspect the Hinges
It’s not uncommon for garage door hinges to seize up, crack, or wear out. Screeching or grinding sounds usually indicate an issue with the hinges. The easiest fix is to apply some garage door lubricant such as WD-40 to the hinges.
That said, if the problem is more complex, you may want to replace the hinges altogether. A garage door that makes a loud noise is annoying but a compromised hinge can be dangerous.
It’s also dangerous to try to adjust, repair, or remove a hinge on your own. Rather than risking injury, call a professional garage door company to solve the problem for you.
Check the Rollers
Garage door rollers guide your garage door along its track system. Deteriorated rollers will often cause squealing or grinding sounds.
You can check for issues by moving the rollers back and forth with your fingers. That said, looking out for rollers that lean or wobble when you open and close the door is an easier way to spot an issue.
Using garage door lubricant on these may help but you’ll need to make sure that the lubricant you use is compatible with the material of your rollers. If that doesn’t fix the issue, you’ll need the services of a garage door technician.
Examine the Springs
If your garage door makes a loud bang when you close it, you likely have a broken garage door spring on your hands. Broken springs can also cause your door to hang crooked or close with a jerky motion.
If you suspect that the springs could be the issue, it’s fine to take a closer look. But you should never touch garage door springs. The tension they hold can cause severe injury so you’ll need to enlist the services of a pro to handle this kind of repair.
How to Quiet a Loud Garage Door
There’s no doubt that a loud garage door can be annoying. But whether your garage door shuts with a bang or opens with a screech, these sounds are often a tell-tale sign of a bigger problem that needs fixing.
And often, the size, weight, and complexities of a garage door mean that these aren’t problems that you can solve on your own.
For more information on our garage door repair and replacement services or for a free estimate, contact us here at All-Pro Garage Door today!