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What Causes a Noisy Garage Door?

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What Causes a Noisy Garage Door?

A garage door comprises of a complex system of pulleys, cables, and springs. These can all, at some time or the other, be responsible for making your garage door noisy. Some of these have simple solutions that can be easily implemented. But the more complex ones will require a certain amount of skill and knowledge. At times, you might have to seek the help of an expert also.

  1. Building permits are essential if your garage door has to be replaced for some reason. If you reside in a planned development, there may restrictions on the type of garage doors you can have installed.

    1.Certain Conditions

    Building permits are essential if your garage door has to be replaced for some reason. If you reside in a planned development, there may restrictions on the type of garage doors you can have installed. Minor repairs can be carried out without a permit. But you must check with local zoning authorities to determine which category of repairs addresses your particular problem.


    The causes of noisy garage doors are many and you will first need to locate the spots which might be responsible for it. Then you will have to test these to pinpoint the exact problem causing the noise. Some of the solutions may be easily implemented by you but some others are best done by a professional technician who lives or works in the area.

  2. 2.Garage Door Opener

    Firstly, you will have to determine which type of garage opener you have. It could be a screw, chain, or a belt drive. The noisiest of all these is the chain drive opener thought they have their own set of benefits which includes affordability, durability, and suitability in regards to extreme weather conditions. Lubricating it often is the only way to reduce the noise somewhat. Screw drive openers are not as noisy as the chain drive ones but after a few years of use, they can become just as noisy. Belt drives are the quietest, for the most part.

  3. 3.Balance

    A garage door that is unbalanced can be noisy and after a while might stop functioning. There is a simple method of testing the stability of the door. You should pull the emergency cord to open and close the door manually. Try raising the door halfway before releasing it. If the door is stable, it will not move much; but if it is unbalanced, it will start to fall.

  5. 4.Springs and Hinges

    Another major cause of noisy garage doors is worn springs or faulty hinges. If the problem is with the springs that run down the sides of the door, you can easily replace them. If the problem is with the torsion springs that are found on the top of the door, you may not be able to fix it on your own. Seeking help from a professional with expertise in garage repair is the best option in such instances.


    Oiling is the solution to a hinge which is making a squeaking noise. If the hinge is making a grinding noise, it might be an indication that it is time to replace the hinge. This kind of noise occurs when the gear and sprocket located inside the main console are faulty. Repairs must be done after unplugging the unit and is best left to a technician.

  6. 5.Other Causes

    At times, the bearings in the pulley or the rollers might have worn away and this can cause a loud ticking noise. The only solution is replacing the bearings which again cannot be done by you. A grating noise can be due to the coils in the springs becoming bent. The coils will then rub against one another causing the noise. Again, the solution lies in replacing the springs. Metal rollers on the garage doors can turn noisy with age. While replacing the rollers opt for nylon ones since they are much quieter and do not need to be lubricated as often as the metal rollers.


    As a precautionary measure, ensure that you frequently lubricate all aspects of the garage that is in constant motion. Following these suggestions and maintaining the garage door as well as possible in accordance with the guidelines provided, will make it more durable, long-lasing, quieter, and operating smoothly.

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