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3 Ways To Reduce Your Garage Door Noise

Your garage door has operated flawlessly for several years. However, you're now noticing that it's producing unnecessary noise. There are several components of your garage door assembly that can produce excessive noise when they aren't properly maintained. Perform these maintenance tasks to significantly reduce the amount of noise your garage door produces every time it opens or closes:

Lubricate Your Hinges and Springs

All moving parts in your garage door assembly require lubrication. When the lubrication on a moving part wears away, it will scrape against itself and create harsh noises that set your teeth on edge.

Your rollers and counterbalance system (particularly your torsion or extension springs) are prone to creating excess noise when they aren't lubricated. However, you can't use just any lubricating agent on your garage door assembly.

Most lubricants will attract debris or dirty your door assembly. For this reason, you should only use silicone or lithium-based lubricants on your hinges and springs. These products are typically marketed as specialized garage door lubricants and are available at your local home improvement store. Applying a thin layer of silicone or lithium lubricant to your hinge joints and springs will allow them to operate quietly and prevent them from sustaining unnecessary wear.

Clean and Lubricate Your Rollers

Your rollers can become seized and create a scraping noise when they collect debris that settles inside your guide track. When a roller becomes seized, its internal bearings scrape against each other and prevent the roller from rotating as it moves along your guide track.

To clean your rollers, you'll need to remove them from your guide track. To do so, disconnect your garage door opener and partially open your garage door. Place a locking pair of vice grips underneath your top rollers to prevent your door from falling to the ground while you perform maintenance. Use a flat screwdriver to pry open a small section of track on each side of your guide track.

Remove your locking vice grips and align one of your rollers with the opened section of track. Place your screwdriver against the interior wall of your track and pry your roller wheel out of the track. With the roller popped out of the track, you can pull the roller wheel to separate it from your hinge. Spray a generous amount of degreaser inside each roller's bearing assembly. Use an old cloth or rag to wipe away any debris protruding from the bearings and use an air compressor to remove any internal debris.

Once each roller is clean, spray silicone or lithium-based lubricant inside the bearing assembly to protect the bearings from debris and wear.

Tighten Your Chain

Your automatic opener's chain will become loose after cycling your door thousands of times throughout the year. When your chain is loose, it can knock against your chain rail and create a loud, metallic slapping noise.

To tighten your chain, locate your trolley—the series of metal components connected to the rope that hangs from your chain rail. Pull on the rope to disconnect your trolley. Locate the long bolt and two nuts on your trolley that connect to your chain.

Loosen the nut that faces your garage door by a few rotations and tighten the nut that faces your opener until the first nut is pressed against the spacer that secures your bolt. Repeat this process until your chain only sags about halfway down your chain rail. If you tighten your chain past this point, your opener's gearbox will sustain unnecessary wear whenever you use it to cycle your garage door.

If you have trouble lubricating your hinges and springs, cleaning your rollers, or tightening your chain, then hire a professional garage door repair technician to perform these tasks for you. If you continue to perform these tasks without knowing what to do, you can cause accidental damage to your door assembly and increase your repair costs.