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An automatic garage door can be a convenient and important part of your daily routine. However, a noisy garage door can be quite an annoyance—it’s not exactly music to the ears. A garage door’s grating sound is the least of your worries, though. If your garage door is making terrible noises when it opens and closes, this probably indicates that there is something more troublesome afoot. Problems that cause a garage door to become noisy can be problems that can affect the functioning of the door, or even shorten the lifespan of the parts that make your garage door open and close!
Our garage door repair services are the best of the best in Miramar, but we know how costly and time-consuming it can be for the busy homeowner to hire a repair service. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to fix your squeaky, grinding garage door problem yourself before you call us. Almost anyone can check and repair some of the smaller issues that cause a noisy garage door, so let’s take a look at some of these problems and their solutions.
Loose Nuts and Bolts
When your garage door is making moaning and rattling noises on its way up or down, the first—and easiest—thing to look for is loose or missing nuts and bolts. Obviously, it’s easy to give a quick look around and see if any hardware is missing entirely. This is an easy fix—simply replace the missing pieces. While you’re at it, use a wrench and socket set to make sure all of the hardware that is in its place is tightened down nice and snug—but not too tight, as this can cause other problems.
We strongly suggest disconnecting the door openers, or at least letting other people in and around the house know that you are working on the garage door so they don’t accidentally open or close it while you’re working on it! It’s also a good idea to have another person with you to help keep things steady and in place. Also, never mess with the hardware around or connected to garage door springs, as this can lead to serious injuries.
Parts That Need Lubrication
Like any mechanical system, a garage door’s opening and closing mechanisms need lubrication. This is a pretty common cause of a noisy garage door, especially if the sound is squeaky or grinding. Usually, when a homeowner thinks of lubricating squeaky metal parts, the first product they think of is WD-40. That stuff can fix anything squeaky, right? Well, sort of. It’s great for your front door’s hinges and stubborn locks, but it’s really not the best for garage doors. In fact, never use WD-40 on your garage door’s parts! Instead, find a lubricant that is silicone or white lithium grease based. Lots of these come in a spray to get those hard-to-reach areas, and they won’t be magnets for dust and other sediments. When all else fails, look for products that say “garage doors” on the label, or ask an employee at your hardware store.
Once you have the right stuff for the job, it’s time to lubricate your door’s protesting parts. Start by cleaning the tracks with a rag, as build-up might be a partial cause for your door to cry out. They don’t need lubrication, but they sure do need to be clean. Next, spray lubricant on the springs, enough so that they’re well lubricated, but not so much that excess is dripping down from them. Steel hinges need to be lubricated next but don’t lubricate anything plastic. Rollers are the next step, but only spray the metal parts; nylon rollers don’t need to be lubricated.
As with any other mechanical system that uses springs, garage door springs can fail, loosen, or break. Do a visual check of these springs, but if they’re not in good shape, don’t try to fix them yourself! Springs need to be maintenance by a professional with the tools and know-how to get the job done safely and effectively. We are more than happy to be your trusted in garage door repair Miramar, so feel free to give us a call and we’ll come quietly your door.