Your garage door and garage door system in Houston is meant to be quiet and not a distraction from everything else going on in your life. However, garage doors can subtly get louder and louder, till you really notice the noise and it becomes a pain. Now, just because the garage door noise has become loud and obnoxious, does not necessarily mean it’s hard to fix or that you need a new garage door or garage door opener. We are going to look at some of the causes of a loud garage door and what you can do to fix the noise.

Check your rollers.

In many cases, the number 1 cause of a loud garage door is bad rollers, especially a squeaking or grinding noise. If you have metal rollers and are hearing these noises, you really have just two options. Option one is to use a garage door lubricant and lubricate your metal rollers. Option 2 would be to consider changing to nylon rollers. You can find a pack of 10 nylon rollers here

Check your garage door tracks

First, you want to make sure all the nuts and bolts of your garage door tracks are secure. What you are hearing could simply be the door and track supports have loose or missing track bolts and screws, causing the garage door to rattle around. Also check to see if your garage door tracks are misaligned. The noise you could be hearing is the rollers rubbing the rear tracks in an awkward way due to misalignment. Also, check to make sure your garage door tracks are clean and debris free. You could be hearing the rollers grinding over dirt and debris in the garage door tracks.

Check your garage door hinges.

As with other types of doors, garage doors have hinges that can falter. Check the hinges to see if they are broken, worn out or have dust or debris around the hinge area. If you are not finding any breaks or cracks, dust the hinges off and lubricate the hinges with garage door lubricant. If you do find the hinges cracked or broken and are not comfortable changing them yourself, contact your local garage door repair specialist to have them change the hinges out for you.

It could be your garage door springs.

Highly humid or corrosive environments can shorten the life span of the garage door springs. You can’t get much more humid than the Houston, TX area. This means your garage door springs can easily rust. If there is only a little rust, spray each roller with garage door lubricant. If the garage door springs look really rusted or corroded, it might be better to have your garage door repair company come out and change your torsion springs.

Don’t forget about the opener chain or screw.

If your garage door opener is chain or screw driven and looks to be in good condition and the chain is not loose, lubrication may resolve the noise created by the garage door opener motor itself. Do refer to the garage door opener motor maintenance manual before performing any lubrication. If your garage door opener is belt-driven, you cannot apply lubrication to the belt.

If all else fails, it could be the garage door opener itself.

One of the hardest working components of the garage door system is the garage door opener. If you have tried everything else, the opener motor may have a problem. If the garage door opener is chain or belt-driven, the chain or belt drive could have loosened, causing jerky garage door movements and loud sounds. Do not attempt to take the motor apart and repair the garage door motor. Contact your local garage door expert such as Spectrum Overhead Door LLC to repair or replace your garage door opener.

A loud garage door does not have to mean a big repair bill. Many of these fixes you can do yourself with just a little effort. However, if you can not find the problem, or if it turns out to be more than a simple fix, the award-winning Houston garage door repair specialists at Spectrum Overhead Door LLC can inspect your garage door and give you a free quote. Call  281-748-9542.

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