It’s frustrating to have a noisy garage door especially when your bedroom is sitting right above it. Some homeowners often overlook this but if you’ve grown tired of settling with your squeaky garage door, today is a good time to make an inspection. Here are a few tips to help quiet your door.
1. Inspect and Tighten Loose Parts
Mechanical components that are nearly detached could lead to accidents and mishaps. With the door closed, inspect the sides for hinges, nuts, and bolts that need snug tightening. Remember not to over-tighten them as you might have more problems when your screws come out of their track holes.
2. Check Your Rollers
Once done tightening, close and open the garage door and try to observe if your rollers wobble. If they do, this might mean that you need to replace them. It’s best to use Nylon rollers as they do not require oiling, plus they keep noise at a minimum compared to steel rollers. Never replace bottom rollers of doors equipped with torsion springs as the sudden release of tension can cause accidents. Leave this job to a professional.
3. Inspect the Opener Chain
Over time, your door’s chain become loose, and this affects your door’s ability to open and close. Remove slack and tighten them up to reduce jerking movement and loud slapping sounds.
4. Lubricate Moving Components
Spray hinges, roller bearings, and other metal parts that connect to another metal components with a garage lubricant found in most home stores. Do this routinely every 4-6 months for a quieter operation of your garage door.
5. Use Rubber Pads to Mount the Motor
If your motor is hanging from your ceiling with metal brackets, switch them with rubber or anti-vibration pads. You can recycle rubber from old tires or random cut outs. To do this, you will need longer screws and wider fender washers to hold the pads. Once done tightening them back into your ceiling, operate your garage door once again to make sure they have attached fine.
All these tricks should help reduce the noise and prove that maintenance can make drastic improvements to your home. And if you are uncomfortable doing the replacements by yourself, call a professional over so you can get an overall quality inspection.