How Much Noise is Too Much? Diagnosing your Noisy Garage Doors Across America

Many people think that garage doors are inherently noisy, but this is no longer the case.  Now that lighter materials, superior openers, and sleeker rollers are readily available, residential garage doors and commercial overhead doors can open and close smoothly and quietly without the creaking, grinding, and banging associated with garage doors of the past. So if you hear loud noises coming from your garage door, it’s probably time to contact America’s garage door specialists for help.

 In today's blog post we explain what to do if you’re dealing with a noisy garage door. We’ll walk you through how to tell where the strange sounds are coming from and figure out if they’re signs of a more serious problem that requires professional maintenance.

Common causes of noisy garage doors

If you’ve noticed that your garage door has started making more noise than usual, it probably means something’s wrong. Here are some of the most common reasons that garage doors start to get noisy:

  • It’s too old. Garage doors that are more than 15 or 20 years old are much louder than the garage doors being manufactured and installed today. Chances are, it’s time to get a new garage door with an updated opener and better rollers.
  • The garage door opener needs repairing or replacing. A loud garage door is often related to a faulty garage door opener. Chain-drive openers also tend to make a lot more noise than belt-drive openers.
  • The nuts and bolts have come loose. Loose nuts and bolts will make your garage door rattle and screech when in motion.
  • The hinges, springs, and rollers need lubrication. The metal parts of garage doors need to be regularly lubricated in order to function smoothly. Excessive noise is one of the first signs that it’s time to lubricate your door again.
  • The rollers are worn down. Metal garage door rollers can be noisy, especially as they get older. Nylon rollers are much quieter than steel rollers and just as long lasting.
  •  It’s off-balance. A garage door that’s out of balance will make a lot of noise as it opens and closes. It’s important to get this problem checked out right away as it puts everyone in your household in danger.

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Recognizing the sounds of trouble

If there’s a problem with your garage door, you’ll probably hear it before you see it. Here are some common types of sounds garage doors make and the kinds of issues they typically indicate.

  • Squeaking: these types of noises usually mean that the nuts and bolts holding the door together have started to come loose or that the metal parts need to be lubricated. They can also indicate problems with your garage door rollers.
  • Grinding: a grinding noise occurs when your garage door is having trouble opening and closing. This often means that there’s a problem with your garage door opener.
  • Thumping or banging: the door may be off-balance or have a broken torsion spring. If you hear a loud snap, a torsion spring may have broken. In these situations, it’s important to contact a garage door technician as trying to repair the spring on your own can be very dangerous.

How to prevent garage door noises

Regular maintenance can go a long way towards keeping your garage door operating quietly and efficiently. Your first step when you start to hear squeaking or grinding noises should be to lubricate all the moving metal parts of your door. Apply a silicone-based lubricant designed for use on garage doors to the door’s axles, rails, springs, rollers and hinges. If you have a chain or screw-drive opener, lubricate the metal parts of it as well. Lubricating your door once a year or so helps prevent the wear and rust that can cause garage doors to become noisy.

You can also take steps to figure out if an off-balanced door is causing the noise. To test your door’s balance, check if it stays in place when manually opened halfway. If it closes on its own, there’s not enough tension in the springs, and if it opens all the way, there’s too much. If this is the case, contact NationServe to have your door rebalanced.

Check out our DIY maintenance tips to learn more about taking care of your garage door. And if you suspect a noise is a sign of a more serious problem (such as a broken torsion spring), you should book a service appointment with a NationServe technician right away. Performing your own repairs on a garage door can be very risky, especially when it seems to be malfunctioning. One false move and the whole door could come crashing down on you or another member of your family. Be safe and contact the professionals.

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At NationServe, we’re committed to helping our customers design, install, and maintain their dream garage doors. To learn more about the products and services that we offer, get in touch with our teams in Charlotte, Colorado Springs, or in any of our other locations nationwide.