When your bedroom is right above the garage it is easy to awaken to a noisy garage door during the early hours of the morning. During this time, every possible way to make your garage door quieter crosses your mind. Fortunately for your sleep cycle, noisy garage doors can be silenced by just a few quick fixes!
Garage Door Opener
Look closely at the tension of the trolley mechanism considering if it is a chain or a belt drive. If it is loose, take a glimpse at the garage opener maintenance manual, which can be found online if you lost the hardcopy.
After taking a closer look, you might notice that the rolling mechanism may need some lubrication. It depends on the kind of specific parts your garage door opener has. If a chain drive system is in place, use a metal lubricant, but if there is a belt drive, do not apply any grease.
Sometimes the springs may cause extra noise and figuring which springs are at the root of the sound problem can be an issue. For instance, there are two types of springs. Extension springs are on the upper tracks on both sides of the garage door and torsion springs are just above the closed door. These torsion springs need extreme care since they are under constant high torsion, hence the name. When these springs are broken, it is easily seen and an expert should be contacted right away. However, if the springs are just squeaky, apply some metal lubricant and the sound should no longer be noticeable.
First, inspect the rollers on your garage door. If retightening them does not work, open and shut the garage door while watching them. You may be able to notice the cause of the sound then.
There are nylon and metal rollers and if they are worn, it will cause them to become squeaky and cause you not to sleep. Replace them if they are worn. If they are not, just apply some lubrication and that might solve the noise complaint.
If replacement is in order, exchange metal rollers for nylon ones; they are quieter. Get help from a garage door specialist to change the rollers. Do not try to do it yourself because more harm will be done to both your body and your garage door if you do it on your own.
Replace the Hinges
On older garage doors, the hinges can become worn. The roller stem wears and usually causes noise when the door open and closes. You can inspect to see if these hinges are the cause of the noise issue by moving them side to side. If they seem to cause noise when moving them, just apply some lubricant and the noise should cease.
Retighten All the Nuts and Bolts
Check all of the garage door nuts and bolts and retighten them if need be with a wrench or socket set. Through the constant moving of the garage door, sometimes the bolts may have become loose. Just a quick tighten should put them back into the correct place and any noise keeping you up will disappear.
Save yourself from the constant tossing and turning and trying to fall back asleep after the garage door woke you up from a deep sleep. For any of your garage door issues, contact Sears Garage Solutions and the noise will cease to exist!
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