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With newer technologies and better materials, your garage door should be fairly quiet when opening and closing.  Yet, for some people, it can become noisy, and sound irritating enough to be compared to nails on a chalkboard. Many times, the culprit is not your garage door opener. Here is how to diagnose and fix a noisy garage door.

Check your rollers.

In many cases, the number 1 cause of a noisy 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 using 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.

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.

If there is one theme that runs throughout, it is that most of the time noisy garage doors can be prevented by doing regular garage door maintenance. Spectrum Overhead Door LLC offers a garage door tune-up that can spot and treat issues before they become a bigger problem, saving you hundreds of dollars and give your garage door the maximum lifespan.

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