Why is My Garage Door Squeaking, Squealing or Making a Noise?
Your garage door may look simple enough, but there are actually quite a few moving parts that work in tandem to open and close the door. And although your garage door may have seen quieter days, it may no longer be the case. You may hear squeaking, squealing or other noises while the door is going up or down. Age, lack of preventive maintenance and worn parts can cause a garage door to be noisy. A noisy garage door is not only annoying, it can disrupt your sleep, especially if your home has a bedroom above the garage door. We have identified below some of the key reasons why your garage door is making a noise.
Tracks and Rollers Need Lubricating
The common culprit of a noisy garage door is often from friction in the tracks, rollers and other moving parts. If squeaks and squeals occur while the door is operating, dry rollers, bearings or hinges may be to blame. Applying a small amount of silicone lubricant to these moving parts can reduce the friction and stop the grinding noises. Sometimes rust can accumulate along the metal tracks that will cause the door to make a squealing noise until it is replaced. A squeaking or squealing garage door, regardless of how small it may appear to be, shouldn’t be ignored because it can cause excessive wear and tear.
Debris in the Rollers and Tracks
Since the garage door cycles thousands of times each year, dust, dirt, and debris from the environment can accumulate in the rollers and tracks. The abrasion from these particles can scratch the rollers and tracks and water can cause metal parts to rust. When this occurs, you will often hear squeaking sounds when opening and closing the garage door. Using a clean, damp, lint-free cloth to wipe away the debris from the rollers and tracks will often erase the squeaking noise.
Depending on your garage door model, you may have tension or extension springs that provide the energy to raise and lower the door. And if the springs are worn, loose or broken, the opener may experience difficulties lifting and lowering the door, making a thumping or clunking noise. Repairing or replacing worn tension or extension springs is not a DIY project. To prevent injuries from a snapping spring, contact a qualified garage door repair technician for assistance.
Loose Bolts and Worn Out Hinges
Your garage door is likely manufactured with several panels connected with hinges and nuts and bolts that allow it to roll up. When these bolts become loosened, the door appears to shake when it operates. Also, the hinges that hold the individual panels together can eventually become worn out. This can cause the door to make a squeaking noise as it rolls up and down. You can use a pair of pliers to carefully tighten any loosened bolts. But be careful not to over tighten or you could strip the bolt.
Don’t let a noisy garage door wear you out. Contact a qualified garage door repair specialist for a maintenance check-up and enjoy a quieter garage door.