Does your garage door wake up the neighbors? There are many reasons why your door is so noisy — rusty parts, an old chain, perhaps it’s out of alignment. The good news is the problem is often very simple to fix. A little oil and maintenance can help your door to run smoothly again. Here are a few ways to handle the problem.
Tighten & Lubricate All Moving Parts
A door rattles because the parts are coming loose. It’s a good idea to go over any bolts in your garage door with a socket wrench from time to time.
You should also oil any moving parts — this includes the chain, rollers, hinges, and along the track. Always use a lubricant designed for garage doors — not WD40, which can wear out the door prematurely and cause it to rust.
Replace Any Worn Hinges & Rollers
Garage door parts will roll out much faster than the door itself. Check any rollers and replace any that are brittle, cracked or falling apart. Take a look at the hinges and replace any that have gotten rusty or worn out.
Check the Balance of Your Door
It’s a good idea to check the balance of your door from time to time. An unbalanced door can put undue pressure on the tracks, causing them to creak and strain.
To check the balance, release it from the opener and open the door half way. Let it hang in the air and see if one side leans to the other. If it does, call a garage door repair professional to have it rebalanced.
Check the Track
Take a look at your tracks from time to time and make sure they’re straight. Bent or leaning tracks can make for a noisy garage door. If not straightened out, it could cause your garage door to go off track. If your door does jump the track, stop using it immediately. This could further damage the tracks or even the door.
Know When to Call a Professional
If that doesn’t work, call a professional to do an inspection. There may be something wrong with the spring or opener. It could also be that your door is just worn out. You might consider installing a new garage door. Most doors are only designed to last 15 to 30 years. It might just be time.