Garage doors are designed with many working components and all of them have the potential to cause strange noises. The noise is not necessarily indicative of a serious problem; however, with garage doors it is better to treat it as if it were to be safe. It is all together possible that it could result in a major accident. It is always better to be safe than sorry especially when it concerns family members.
Certain noise causing issues are very simple to correct and just about any do it yourselfer will have no problems implementing the resolution. Others may be somewhat more serious and require consulting a garage door tech. The first step is to try to determine the source of the sound.
Noisy by Nature
The type of garage door that you had installed could be the cause of the commotion. Certain types of doors are designed to be quieter than the rest. Others are just plain noisy by nature. The three basic types of garage door openers are belt, screw, and chain drive. Chain drive are by far the absolute noisiest; however, many home owners prefer them because they also offer many benefits.
Chain drive opener is extremely durable and stand up well in harsh weather environments. There are also very affordably priced. Noisy chain drive openers may be quieted some by lubricating all of the moving mechanisms. While it will dampen it, this will not eliminate the noise completely. Screw drive openers are moderately noisy which can intensify with the years. Home owners prefer belt drive openers because they are the quietest option.
An unbalanced garage door will produce a certain amount of noise. This condition is extremely hard on your garage door. It may cause it to malfunction permanently, if left unattended. Pull the emergency cord to manually operate the door. Lift your garage door to the midpoint of its path. A balanced garage door will remain in place, while one which is unbalanced may fall rapidly.
Hinges & Springs
Hinges and springs alike will produce annoying sounds, if damaged. Worn springs present a garage hazard. In the event that the springs snaps, it could injury someone or kill them. Home owners who discover broken springs should seek professional consult before replacing the springs.
Faulty hinges can also produce quite a racket. Applying lubrication to the hinges generally corrects squeaky issue. Hinges that make a grinding noise may actually need to be replaced. The sprockets and gears within the chain drive opener may be faulty. Contact a garage door specialist or ensure that the power source for the unit has been disconnected before attempting any resolution.
Pulleys & Bearings
Bearings make a ruckus when they become worn and the best fix may be replacing the bearings or the pulley. Replacing the bearings is not a layman’s project. It is best to ask a garage door repair company about this issue. Bent spring coils can be rather noisy and it is important to replace all of the springs at once. Metal rollers can be bothersome as well and replacing them with those made of nylon should rectify this noise.
Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repair is extremely familiar with all of the possible causes of noises from your door. We would be happy to visit you and inspect yours to determine the exact causes. We offer a wide range of comprehensive professional garage door services. Call us any time to seek emergency garage door history.