Over time, the garage door on your home can become noisy when it is in motion. The noise is typically a byproduct of excessive movement in the door and the mounting system, so it is not difficult to fix with a little effort. Some replacement parts and repairs may be necessary to quiet the door, so calling a garage door repair service to do the work may be helpful.
Loose Mounting Brackets and Tracks
The first thing that needs attention on a door that is making a lot of noise is the mounting hardware. Checking all the mounts for damage or cracks and tightening any loose mounting bolts are the first steps. Check the bolts on the door panels, the tracks along the door frame, and the bolts on the supports for the electric door opener.
When tightening these bolts, they should be snug, but be careful about overtightening them. Too much torque applied to the bolts can cause them to strip out the holes they thread into. If you strip a hole, the bolt will never tighten up in the hole, and this could mean you need to replace a panel or bracket to fix the damage.
Nylon Replacement Rollers
The rollers that ride along the track and support the door are made from steel, and over time the bearings in the rollers wear. Replacing the rollers is a good option, and if you use aftermarket rollers that are nylon, they are much quieter as they roll through the track. The bearings are also more durable, so the roller is smoother and will last much longer than the original steel rollers that came with the door.
Replacing the rollers means adjusting the door and getting it rolling right after, so hiring a garage door repair company to come and swap the rollers out for you is your best option. The tech can replace the rollers, adjust the door, and check it for damage while they are working on it.
Tighten and Adjust the Opener
The door opener in your garage can also produce a lot of noise. The opener vibrates a lot when it is in use and can loosen up. Inspect the brackets that hold it in place and check the chain that pulls the door open for sloppiness. Then adjust both to ensure there is no excess movement when the door is moving.
If the opener is transferring a lot of noise into the house through the mounting brackets, the technician can install some isolating rubber pads between the opener brackets and the studs that the brackets rest on. The rubber can quiet vibrations and stop some of the noise from transferring into the home.