How to Stop Garage Door Noise05/25/2016 Back To Blog
We often believe that lubricants will take care of the garage door noises. They usually do, but this is not always the case. As a matter of fact, checking the entire system when it is noisy, is wise. With lubrication maintenance, the movement of all parts will be smoother. Though, you can never be sure whether the real problem has been really solved or not. With a quieter door, you might relax thinking that this is all you could do. If the noise was originally caused by a damaged or loose part, you will eventually be faced with more problems and they will probably be worse than just noises. Taking a good look at the garage door parts and making sure they are tightened and not worn should be your first priority before lubrication. After all, you don't want to cover the problem but expose and repair it.
Sometimes, the problem is obvious. If the garage door trolley vibrates as the door is moving, something is wrong with one of the opener parts. There is a small clip securing the two parts of the rod inside the rail and this one stays in place thanks to a second clip, which doesn't let the first one move. If these clips are missing, the whole system will vibrate intensely and the noise will be loud. This is just one simple example of where the noise might come from. With hundreds of parts comprising your overhead door system, it's hard to find which tiny component might do damage. For detailed inspection, you should trust Garage Door Repair Roswell. Usually, the noise is the result of worn or loose parts. The only thing you can do is just take a quick look in order to see which ones don't seem to be alright or in their proper position.
Replace the rusty parts and tighten the loose ones
Most parts are made of steel. When they rub against each other, they make noise. This is natural and the reason why lubricants are needed. Before you lubricate them though, it's best to check whether they are also worn. If you spray oils on the rollers, for example, but they are rusty, the problem won't be solved. The noise won't be too loud but will still be there. In order to eliminate any unnatural for your garage door noises, it's wise to replace the worn and rusty parts. Two of the most common suspects are the rollers and the tracks. The latter ones get damaged. Rollers will bump in the dents in their way up and down and make noise. Small dents are not hard to fix. They usually need some hammering or the help of pliers to be straightened out.
If the rollers are rusty, the task is more difficult. For center rollers, it's not really hard to replace the rollers and along the hinges if they are rusty too. You just have to remove the screws holding the hinge secured on the door and then remove the roller and put the new ones. For top rollers, the retainer and the roller are removed once the bolt keeping them secure on the top bracket is removed, too. Then the new roller is inserted in the retainer and back in the track where it is once again secured with the bolt. The hardest part is replacing the bottom roller since it is attached to the bottom bracket, which is also connected to the cable. In other words, it's a dangerous task because this system is under tension. The bolts of the bracket and the cable must not be touched at all. The door must be in a position to allow the removal of the roller and its replacement. Bending the garage door track a bit to create space for the roller to be inserted in the rail will be helpful.
Before you do anything, it's easier to also check all fasteners. A few loose fasteners will make noise, but in this case you must also check whether the parts they secure have lost their initial position. In this case, adjustments will be in order.