If you have been cursing countless times when the time of opening that automatic garage door comes because of the noise the door makes, then your problems will now be solved. Because of the weight garage doors carry and the frequency of use, your garage door opener will often and gradually start making noise. This guide give you tips on what to do if garage door opener is making noise.
1. Tighten loose bolts
Lose bolts in garage door parts is one cause of the noise. Bolts tend to wiggle after a long period of use. Wiggled bolts will easily pick the vibration of the motors of the opener and convert the energy received into rapid movements that add to the noise. Tighten all the bolts that are holding the roller assemblies on the door taking care not to over tighten them as this might make them destroy the door by pulling the carriage bolt through the skin of the door.
2. Check rollers
Metallic rollers ridging fitted inside a metallic track for opening and closing the door should be the next thing to check. After being used for years, most track rollers will wear out at times making the rollers wobble in the process of opening the door. If worn out, they should be replaced with new ones. The nylon rollers fitted with sealing bearings works best as they are less noisy inside a metallic track and are locally available.
3. Add rubber pads
Between the ceiling of the garage and the mounting that holds the motor, there are rubber pads. These rubber bands are designed to reduce or absorb vibration. Adding a small strip of rubber to them will help absorb more vibration hence a quieter door. These rubbers can also be inserted between the chain and the wall of the garage for better results.
4. Spray using a garage door lube
This works for roller bearings that are sealed, hinges and springs. The Prime Flo lubrication kit for garage doors will do the job very well. All pivot points including torsion bar bearings should be sprayed too. This lube penetrates these parts in its liquid state but when it dries up, it leaves grease that does not attract dust. To reduce wearing out of moving parts and minimize the frequency of making garage door repairs, lubricate them every six months.
5. Check the door opener chain
In case the chain is loose, and making sounds that make the door make jerk movements as it moves and smacks the roller against its track. Tightening this chain is the best practice to solve this problem. Most garage door opener owner’s manual has detailed directions on how to do this. It should be easy to follow them.
By following these few guidelines, your garage door opener will serve you better and will stop making the annoying noise. One or a combination of these procedures will work for your door depending on the part that is defective. Care should, however, be taken not to cut garage door cables in the process. For more information, you can visit thee website of San Diego Garage Door Experts.