Garage Door Noise

In this article, we examine some of the reasons why you might have a noisy garage door.

It squeaks, rattles and grinds, that noise is a sign that something is happening with the door, so you will have to find the source of the sound. Here are some reasons why you have a noisy garage door.

Loose chain drive
A loose chain drive is one of the most common reasons people experiment with a noisy sectional garage door. If your garage doors use a chain drive to open and close, it may have come loose and started making that noise.

Turn off the garage door opener and take a look to see if this is the case.

If it does not appear to be loose, try lubricating the chain drive. In some cases, this will be enough to mute the sound.

Worn springs make a garage door noisy
Do you hear a clicking sound when you open or close your garage door? That is a sign that the torsion springs are wearing out. If you are hearing this, you need to address it as soon as possible. As mentioned earlier, springs are very dangerous. They hold a lot of tension and, if broken, can cause serious damage. If you are at home and you hear a loud bang coming from the garage, you will see that a spring has broken in your door.

Some can repair the springs themselves, but if you hear those noises, this is the time to call in a professional. They will be able to keep you safe and replace those springs before someone gets hurt.

The garage door insulation strip is missing
The insulation strip at the bottom of your garage door is more important than you might think. It helps keep the weather and pests out of your garage. It also helps the garage door close quietly. Do you hear a loud bang when you close the garage door? Check your insulation strip. It could be damaged or completely missing.

This is easily fixed by replacing the insulation strip on the door. They should be easily picked up at your local hardware store. When performing routine maintenance, always watch how the insulation is maintained and replace it as soon as there are signs of damage.

Worn garage door hinges
Another reason could be worn hinges, if this is the problem you will see grey dust or filings around the hinge. This is a sign that they are beginning to deteriorate.

If this happens, it is time to replace the hinges to prevent this from happening. If you are skilled, you can do it yourself or you can have a professional do it for you.

Bent tracks
That is a sign that there may be a curve in the roads you are travelling on. The door may be working fine for now, but over time that will cause a lot of damage to your door. If this is the case, your door jams while in transit, you can also take a look at the tracks to see if there are curves in them.

If the curves are minor, you may be able to fix them with a rubber mallet. However, if it is a significant dent, those tracks will need to be replaced.

Regardless of the type of noise your garage door makes, you can manage it by identifying the source of the problem. If you are not sure, contact us to help you solve the problem.