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DIY Tips For Repairing Noisy Garage Doors

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You've just spent an hour putting the baby down to sleep when someone opens the garage door and the ear-splitting creaks, squeaks, and groans of the ascending door wake the baby right back up. Sound familiar? A noisy garage door is like a blaring alarm, signaling to everyone in the neighborhood or household of your comings and goings. Luckily, there are a few easy DIY repairs you can attempt to minimize the deafening din of your garage door.  

Tighten Bolts

The first and easiest initial step is to make sure everything that can be tightened is tight. First, examine all the nuts and bolts on the door itself. Check the bolts on the door's hinges and the bolts connecting the door's arm bracket to the door. Use an adjustable wrench to hold the bolt head and use socket wrench to tighten any loose nuts. Make sure to tighten just enough so that they won't move but don't crank so hard that you end up damaging the nut or its threading. Also check the bolts securing the door mechanism to the garage ceiling.  

Tighten Chain

If you have a garage door with a chain mechanism rather than a belt, that could also be a source of noise. Throughout years of usage, chains eventually begin to sag. When that happens, the chain will start rubbing against the garage door rail. If you suspect this is the cause of the noise, you can try tightening the chain. Locate the end of the chain that has two nuts next to each other and tighten the adjustable nut. It's ok to have a little bit of sag in the chain. You don't want to tighten it too much or you could put too much tension on the chain gear and end up snapping it off.  

Add Bushings

One common source of garage door noise is when the door mechanism or operator transfers its kinetic energy through its metal supports and into the ceiling. This is often what causes loud garage door noises to reverberate inside the house. One way to reduce this energy transfer is to insert rubber bushings in between the lag bolts and ceiling supports. The rubber bushings will absorb some of the energy of the mechanism and help reduce noise.  

Check Track Alignment

If you notice that your garage door starts to make noise at only a certain section of its ascent or descent, the problem could be with your track alignment. The track is the metal bar that houses the door rollers. If the track becomes bent for any reason, it can cause metal to contact metal as the door rolls up and down. The track is secured by adjustable metal brackets bolted to the wall. To fix the alignment, simply figure out where the noise starts, which section of the track is responsible, and then adjust the bracket accordingly.

To learn more about garage doors, contact a business such as Plano Overhead Garage Door.