How to Keep Your Garage Door Quiet

August 2012

Your garage door makes some annoying noises? It doesn't always mean a broken garage door. Therefore, don’t panic, all you need to do is to inspect your garage door and immediately process to a few minor maintenance steps. Everything will return to normal.

Whenever a garage door is used, vibrations occur. These vibrations can cause screws to loosen throughout the entire garage door system. This will inevitably contributes to increased noise during function. Check the ratchets connecting the garage door panels and the roller’s brackets. Some may need to be tightened. If so, do it with an open ended wrench or ratchet.

The solution: lubrication

Rust and a lack of adequate lubrication can also create noisy garage door operation. To prevent this, use a lubricant specially designed for garage doors on each of your garage doors system's moving parts at least 2 or 3 times a year at 4 to 6 month intervals.

Consult your garage door manual to know which areas need lubrication. Wipe away any old grease and then apply fresh lubricant. After this operation, remove any extra lubricant or grease. This will avoid the risk of lubricant dripping or spilling onto anything inappropriate.

Never use WD40 or anything with a weight heavier than 10W. Did you know that this kind of lubricant can create a build up of dirt and dust that may lead to door and/or opener failure? We advise you to apply a GDL (garage door lubricant), white grease (Lubriplate) or any other light weight oil of 10w or less.

Typical garage door lubrication areas:

  • Steel rollers
  • Roller stems
  • Pivoting portions of the garage door hinge
  • Springs
  • Bearings in the end fixture area through which the torsion spring's tube goes

If you need further information, please contact us and one of our garage door professionals will answer all your questions.

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