Is your garage door making an unpleasant noise? Let's take a look at common problems that occur in garage doors, and see if any of these might be happening to yours as well so that you can resolve those irritating garage noises.
Your torsion spring helps balance your garage door, and if it’s faulty, it could produce a scraping or popping noise. Your torsion spring is under a lot of stress keeping the garage door balanced, so if you suspect it could be your torsion spring causing the noise from your garage door, you should consult a garage door technician to come and assess the situation. Attempting to make repairs or replace your torsion spring could be dangerous and put you in harm's way, so don’t attempt this alone.
Squeaking, rattling, or grinding noises could come from your hinges as nuts and bolts holding them together become loose. This will affect the operation of the hinges and whereas before they were quiet when in motion, they are now very noisy. Check your hinges to make sure they’re still securely in place, and if you notice any nuts and bolts have come loose, try tightening them to see if that helps.
Your hinges may also make a noise if they haven’t been lubricated in a while, so be sure to lubricate them regularly to keep the noise at a bearable level.
If your door tracks are making a rubbing noise, it could mean that they aren’t operating as they should be. You shouldn’t lubricate door tracks, but it’s wise to wash them with water and soap every now and then. Try cleaning them to see if this resolves your problem. If not, it could be due to the tracks being too tight and the garage door is struggling to slide along them. Check to see if the garage door jumps out of its track when opening and closing to see if this is part of the issue.
If you’re hearing a grinding or vibrating kind of noise, your rollers could be at fault here. Assess the rollers on your garage door, and try lubricating them to see if that resolves the noise you’re hearing. If not, call a garage door technician to come and repair or replace them.
You might be hearing a banging or rattling sound, and this could be down to the panels on your garage door becoming loose over time. You may need to replace your garage door panels, or it might be something as simple as the garage door has jumped off its track.
If you’ve checked all of these and no problems have arisen but you’re still getting a loud sound when opening and closing your garage door, it might be down to poor acoustics in your garage. Consider installing soundproofing to help reduce the noise and prevent annoying any neighbors - as well as yourself!
With simple inspections and regular maintenance, your garage door can quickly be fixed. If you’ve tried all of the above and it’s still noisy, consult a garage door technician.