If your garage door is so obnoxiously loud and noisy that the entire neighborhood knows when you’re opening and closing it, you may be looking for a way to deafen the noise.
The first thing that you need to remember about your garage door is that it needs regular maintenance. Regular maintenance is always going to be the easiest way to keep your garage door and the garage door opener for it running smoothly and quietly. Call a licensed professional to find out more about getting a tune-up and an annual inspection. Getting regular maintenance for your garage door could solve problems before they become known and it’s relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of the damage that could be done if your garage door isn’t given proper care. There are multiple working parts that move in order to make your garage door open and close. Any one of the parts that are necessary to make your garage door move could be responsible for the excess noise. Because there are so many parts, there are a lot of things that could be to blame when things go wrong. There could be a simple solution to your noise problem, and the professional would find it and fix it.
Beyond that, there are a few things that might cause the excess noise, which include:
The Garage Door Opener
There are different kinds of garage door openers, so you’ll have to figure out which type it is that you have: chain, screw, or belt drive. Out of the three, the chain drive opener is usually the loudest. The easiest way to help alleviate the noise is to lubricate the chain. Usually, screw drive openers are much quieter than the chain drives, but they do wear after a few years and that makes them run louder. The quietest of them all are belt drives, and they usually require less maintenance than any of the three.
The Bearings and Spring Hinges
Hinges are pretty straight forward, and they do break down over time. If you’re hearing a grinding sound when you open and close your garage door, it might just be time to replace the hinges all together. If not, then just spray a little bit of silicone spray onto the hinges. That should help. If what you’re hearing is a loud ticking sound, then the bearings might be worn out. There’s only one way to solve that problem, and that is to replace the bearings all together. Call a professional, that’s not something that you should try to do on your own. If what you’re hearing is sounds like something is grating, then it might be because the coils inside of the springs got bent. The grating noise comes from the coils rubbing against each other. The only solution for that is to replace the springs.
Have Your Garage Door Rollers Replaced
There are metal rollers in most garage doors. The way that these rollers work involve a metal piece that rubs against a metal track as the doors open and close. Obviously, this could be a big source for loud noise. If you have metal rollers in your garage door and you want it to run more quietly, call a professional and have them replace your metal rollers with a nylon ball bearing equipped roller. These run more quietly and they don’t need as much maintenance either.
If you’ve tried all of these tips and your garage door still isn’t functioning as quietly as you would like, call a licensed professional.