Is Noisy Operation a Serious Garage Door Problem?11/28/2014 Back To Blog
The modern garage doors are much less noisy compared to their predecessors. Still, they cannot be as quiet as purring kittens when they operate. This is because friction is created between the different metal garage door parts when they are moving to open and close the door. But what if the sound is louder and/or different than usual? Is this a serious cause for concern? The answer to this question will depend on the specific cause the problem.
Noise Causes and Solutions
The most common cause of loud noise is the operation of a chain drive garage door opener. The noise can get louder if the drive is rusty and lacks lubrication. You should clean the chain to remove any traces of dirt and rust. Then you need to apply appropriate lubricant. It is best to use a product which is recommended or made by the manufacturer of the opener. If you find the sound annoying even after cleaning and lubrication, you should consider replacing the existing unit with a chain drive electric operator which is the quietest of all types.
The second most common cause of noise is the presence of rusty parts. Most often, rusty garage door rollers are responsible for the problem, but the issue can also be with the cables or with the spring. You have to use safe and effective solvent to remove the rust. If it is quite thick, you should scrape out the top layer with the use of steel wool. Then lubricant has to be applied. If the rusty parts have started to corrode, they should be replaced for safety reasons. Metal rollers, in particular, can be replaced with nylon ones. They are not only more durable, but quieter as well.
It is also possible for the noise to be caused by the movement of the rollers through misaligned garage door tracks. In this case, you hear scraping sounds which can be extremely annoying. This problem is resolved with the realignment of the track parts. The bolts which hold them must be properly tightened. Still, they should not be too tight.
Wear and tear can also make a door noisy. Cables which are worn-out can make annoying noises. The same happens when the holes of the hinges which house the roller stems get worn-out and become oblong rather than round. The specialists of our garage door repair company in Grand Prairie recommend immediate replacement of worn-out parts. This is essential for safe and effective system operation.