Want to know how to make your garage door quieter? Tired of waking up your family and neighbors or setting off barking dogs every time you open and close your garage door? Especially if your garage is attached to your home, a squeaky, creaky, rattling garage door can be very annoying.
Tips for a Quieter Garage Door
Regular Garage Door Maintenance
The easiest thing that will improve the noise level of your garage door operation is routine preventative maintenance such as our garage door maintenance service, but there are some things you can do yourself to make your garage door quieter.
WARNINGS: Do NOT attempt to adjust any nuts or bolts on the springs, end bearings, or drums. Please call a professional as these parts are under tremendous tension and can cause serious injury. Never loosen or remove any hinges on the door, especially the bottom one.
- Check that all nuts and bolts on the track assembly are tightened.
- Check that all hinges on the door are free of cracks or tears and are snug to the door.
- Ensure rollers on the door are rolling, not sliding, along as the door moves.
- Lubricate the hinges, springs, bearings, and metal rollers with a garage door lubricant as shown in the picture at right. (If it is made of metal and moves with the door, it needs to be lubricated.)
- If you have a screw drive (also referred to as worm drive) opener, apply some low temp grease directly to the screw that runs along the center of the rail of the opener. If it is a chain drive garage door opener, make sure chain is not sagging and rubbing against the rail as the opener moves the door. Please refer to your owners manual before making any adjustments to settings on your door opener.
The above should be done 1- 2 times per year to prevent problems and prematurely worn parts. If it has been more than a couple years since this has been done on your door, simple lubrication may not result in sufficient noise reduction without replacing worn parts.
If you have completed the above and still have an excessive amount of noise coming from your door, it may be time to upgrade to a quieter belt-drive garage door opener and replace old metal or plastic rollers with nylon steel ball bearing rollers.
Change Out Old Garage Door Rollers to Nylon Rollers
Worn garage door rollers not only cause excessive noise, they can cause vibration in the door as it moves along the track. Replacing metal or plastic rollers with nylon steel ball bearing rollers not only will decrease the noise, but the door will actually move along the tracks more smoothly with minimal strain on the garage door opener. It is an easy way to make your garage door quieter. Our Garage Door rollers come with a lifetime warranty. See today’s garage door roller replacement specials.
Upgrade to a Quieter Belt Drive Opener to Make Your Garage Door Quieter
Belt drive garage door openers are quieter than both chain and screw-drive type openers. Unless you have a heavy wood or wood overlay door requiring a heavy duty type of garage door opener, a belt drive is an affordable, effective option to make your garage door quieter and more reliable. Be careful of choosing the big box store consumer type garage door opener models. Even though they are belt drives, the rails usually come in 3 sections. The multi-section rail can result in the rail flexing excessively and creating more noise while operating. That excessive flexing can shorten the life of the opener as well as make the garage door loud.
For best results and a superb warranty, have a professional line belt drive garage door opener installed with a solid rail. The cost difference between a big box version and a professional version is not substantial (average of $100 depending on model). That is a small investment for improved automatic opener life, fewer problems, and noise reduction. Ohana Garage Doors only sells the Liftmaster Professional line of openers. For these belt drive models, Liftmaster offers lifetime warranty on the belt and motor.
Call Ohana Garage Doors with any questions you may have or to schedule a professional garage door technician to come out and evaluate your door (281)-623-4335.