Garage doors make a lot of noise. A rumbling sound whenever you open the door makes sense, but too many squeaks indicate that there’s a problem. Here’s what you can do about it.
1. Lubricate the metal on metal sections.
A garage door has a lot of moving parts behind the scenes. So locate the most likely culprits. Open your garage door while you’re standing inside and try to find where the squeak is coming from by ear. Sometimes, it’s just one side of the door that needs attention or a specific mechanism.
But if you can’t narrow it down, check the hinges, door tracks, and wheels. These parts may need to be cleaned, since dirt, grass, and even road salt can interfere with their smooth operation.
Once the surfaces are clean, lubricate them with a silicone-based product. A spray with a long nozzle is the best choice because it keeps your fingers well away from the parts. Even if the garage door isn’t moving at the moment, it’s still a potentially dangerous collection of moving metal.
2. Check for signs of wear and permanent damage.
Lubrication is the easiest answer, and metal parts need periodic reapplication. But you also need to look for more serious problems such as rust, bent metal, and uneven wear. Once your garage door mechanisms have taken on physical damage, it’s time to bring in a technician who can safely replace the parts.
Uneven wear is a huge warning sign that your door isn’t operating properly, and that’s a problem that just gets worse over time. Eventually, it will jam and become unopenable or, even worse, impossible to close. Calling in a service at the first sign of problems means you get to control the schedule instead of dealing with a sudden emergency.
3. Switch out the door’s opening drive.
If you’re on top of your garage door maintenance and everything looks like it’s operating fine, it’s still possible to have a persistently squeaky garage door. Sometimes mechanical parts are just loud and obnoxious without being a sign of a problem. But if you want to quiet your door down, consider switching the opening mechanism to a belt drive. Belts aren’t metal, so you won’t get the clinking and squeaking you get with a chain or screw drive.
If you would rather replace metal parts than regularly investigate a new squeak, another option is to replace your rollers. Steel rollers squeak and clatter because they interact with the moving door parts. So replace them with nylon rollers which don’t need lubrication to stay quiet and are less vulnerable to rust buildup from other parts.
4. Make note of every squeak, squawk, and unwanted noise.
If nothing seems to work but you’re reluctant to call in a technician just yet, start making a list of the problems you hear. Take note of what types of noises you hear and how loud they are. Write down if the door shudders or you notice anything hanging crookedly. Even more importantly, write down when the noises happen. Some problems only squeak when it’s cold outside, or only when you open the door instead of when you close it.
The more information you have, the better you can search for solutions. But if cleaning and lubricating the parts don’t work, it’s safer to call in a service than to try and make any repairs and adjustments yourself. The springs on your garage door carry a tremendous amount of force, and it’s not safe to adjust them under the best of circumstances. A squeak could indicate that they’re partially broken, and that’s even riskier.
Go to Advanced Garage Solutions if you live in Minneapolis. Our technicians can inspect, repair, and fine-tune your door in no time.