5 Quick Tips for a Quieter Garage Door Opener

It’s two o’clock in the morning. Your bedroom is right above the garage and you’ve just been awakened by the thud of your garage door. You’re wondering how to make your garage door quieter before it drives you crazy.

First of all, you should know that the noise isn’t just coming from the garage door opener: it’s coming from the whole garage door system. Here are a few steps you can take to make your garage door as quiet as possible. However, you should be aware of the fact that, although you can reduce the noise to a great extent, it’s impossible to have a completely silent garage door.

What you can do on your own to make a garage door quieter

5 Quick Tips for a Quieter Garage Door Opener

  1. Lubricate the metal components: rollers, hinges, tracks and springs. Only use lubricant intended for use on metal, such as 10W-30 motor oil. Apply with an oil can and wipe off the excess with a rag. Do not use grease! When the metallic parts of a torsion spring system rub together, this can be a major source of noise.
  2. Tighten all nuts and bolts: make sure that there are no loose screws.
  3. Check the condition of the rollers and tracks: are they damaged or worn? Keep in mind that rollers should roll—not slide—inside the track. Are the tracks properly aligned?
  4. Lubricate the garage door opener chain: apply oil sparingly to the chain and the pinions at each end. However, if your opener is belt-driven, do not apply anything to the rubber belt. Also, make sure that the chain or belt is taut.
  5. Add noise insulation: you can install noise insulators between the motor block and the slotted metal brace used to attach the motor to the ceiling. These are cylindrical pieces of rubber (see photo) fitted with two independent screws, which buffer vibration between adjoining parts. You can purchase noise insulators from your local garage door specialist.

What a garage door professional can do to make a garage door quieter

  1. Replace your chain-driven garage door opener with a belt-driven one.
  2. Replace your steel rollers with quieter nylon ones.
  3. Replace your extension spring system with torsion springs, space permitting. Torsion springs are installed above the top of the door and make a lot less noise.
  4. Perform a full inspection to verify that your garage door is working properly.
  5. Perform all five DIY steps mentioned above.

At Door Systems Inc., we are your garage door professional. Contact us at 1-800-545-3667 for a free consultation. We can give you sound advice on how to make your garage door opener quieter.

If you would like to learn more on this topic, we invite you to read this related item: http://www.garaga.com/ca/about-us/stories-around-garage-doors/silent-garage-door/

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  • My garage door opener has been making some really weird, crazy sounds lately. But it is working just fine. I will have to make sure I go and look at it soon to make sure their aren’t any loose bolts or screws. I’ll also lubricate it all up just to make sure it is all running smoothly. Thanks a ton for the help.

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  • Yes, you are right it is impossible to have a completely silent garage door but we can reduce the noise. You have pointed out really useful and great tips in your article and I will definately try them. Thanks dear!

  • Kris Taylor

    Great read! will definitely be having my garage door guy – http://www.thegaragedoorguycorp.com get me fixed up after reading this. thanks for the great info.

  • Jonathan Dexter

    I have a new insulated door that has all the things to make it quieter. its about 4 month old and its Loud now.
    I hand packed bearings and pivots, belt drive nylon rollers. It’s really frustrating..

    • GaragaDoors

      Contact the garage door company which installed it. Noises could come from the door itself.

    • Tom Glenn

      I found that my doors were rubbing hard against the door jamb. Release the opener from the doors and see if the door lifts and lowers smoothly or if it hangs in places. If it’s hard to move see if it’s rubbing against the door jamb.

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  • Good to see this helpful information here, Thanks a lot for
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    • GaragaDoors

      Thanks for your kind words Jonathan…

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  • ahmad789

    Great read! will definitely be having my garage door guyReplace Garage Door Torsion Springs

  • Lola Barello

    I’ve used a garage door lubricant and it seems to of gotten LOUDER….WHY? One can barely hear neighbors garage doors opening.