How to Fix a Noisy Garage Door

If your garage door screeches, rumbles, or bangs when opening and closing, you may have more than a huge annoyance on your hands. Loud garage doors indicate mechanical issues that should be repaired as quickly as possible for a safe and operational entrance.

Consider these tips to troubleshoot your creaks and shakes:

Tighten the nuts

Using your socket or adjustable wrench, tighten all the nuts on the door and along the track. Be sure each nut is snug without being over-tight.

Don’t have wrenches? These essential home improvement tools can be purchased from any hardware or department store. Consider investing between $10 and $40 on a wrench that will help with a wide variety of home improvement projects.

Replace Rollers

Metal rollers often grow noisy with age as they roll up and down on the track. If the rollers look worn down, you may want to replace them. If you have a five-section garage door, you will likely need about 12 rollers. Nylon is quieter than metal and does not need regular lubrication. However, because nylon rollers cost almost double metal ones, you may want to assess your budget before purchase.

Most standard rollers are two inches wide with a four-inch stem. However, you would do well to measure yours before buying any replacements to ensure a perfect fit.

A word of caution: Garage doors use two types of spring mechanisms in order to ease lifting and lowering. The extension springs are located above the upper tracks, while torsion springs are attached to the header above the closed door. Torsion springs operate using extreme tension and can be hazardous to unskilled hands, so call Ponderosa Garage Doors and Repair to replace the bottom bracket rollers for you.

Replace The Hinges

The hole in the hinge that houses the roller stem can become worn, causing rickety garage door sounds. Inspect each hinge and replace those with a hole that appears more oblong than round.

Noisy garage doors do more than just disrupt your peace and quiet. They indicate a problem, and any problem with your garage door is one worth solving quickly to avoid personal injury, break-ins, and damage due to overuse.

Fixing your noisy garage door could be as easy as tightening a nut or replacing a hinge. However, for more involved work, or if you do not feel comfortable performing any of these tasks, call Ponderosa’s garage door experts for friendly, knowledgeable service that gets the job done.

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