Why are my garage doors making a weird noise?
Is your garage door making strange noises? Do you hear an irritating vibrating, squealing, banging or knocking noise when you raise or lower your garage doors? The cause could be an imbalance in garage doors . When you have an imbalanced door, the chain that lifts the door may stretch and this will cause misaligned chains. The noises could also be the result of old and worn hinges, springs, rollers and pulleys.
The type of garage door you have will play a major factor in what you should do to eliminate the noise. But, some garage door repair fixes work across the board. Metal rollers are famous for causing a weird noise. Consider working with a garage door installation or repair technician to replace metal rollers with high-performance nylon rollers. Ask the technician to inspect your initial garage door installation to make sure the door was properly installed.
Garage door installation and repair tips
Rollers and pulleys may need to be replaced if you’ve had them in place for several years, more likely if you’ve had them for 10 years or longer. When your door is making noise, it might be a good time to upgrade your rollers. Repair and garage door installation technicians can remove the old steel rollers (most of which have only 9 ball bearings per roller) and install new nylon , 13-ball rollers to reduce or eliminate noise, increasing the likelihood that the door will stand up against Lake County, Indiana’s strong lake effect winds.
Admittedly, chain drives are less expensive than belt drives. They can also be noisy. Want to keep noise to a minimum on chain drive garage doors? Keep the chain properly lubricated. Other items to keep lubricated are hinges, bolts and springs. You can also reduce or stop the noise by replacing old rollers with nylon rollers.
When you start garage door repair procedures, note that safety sensors and up-to-date technology that make your operator safe, should never be circumvented. New operators are not only safer to prevent injury, but with the embedded rolling code technology, they can protect you from unwanted intrusion. The force sensor on newer operators can stop your garage doors from binding and making a weird noise, since they will cause the door to reverse when extra force is needed to operate the doors. Parts that are 10 or more years old may need to be replaced. Older garage door openers are generally not developed using the latest technology.
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Similar to taking your car in for regular checkups, make sure that you keep the parts on your garage doors functioning at optimum levels. Loose bolts and nuts can cause your garage doors to squeak or rattle. This is a fairly easy fix. Check for loose equipment and, using a screwdriver, tighten the nuts and bolts. It’s these types of steps that could save you money if you make them a part of your normal garage door repair process.
As you know, Lake County, Indiana’s snow and damaging winds also wreak havoc on garage doors. If there has been a storm in your county, parts of your garage door may have become loose, come apart or broken. Check the door for missing or broken parts. While you’re investigating the cause of the problem, look to see if the rollers are off track. Also, check to see if wind gusts have bent any of your sections. When sections are bent, they tend to buckle when the door is raised. When the door panels buckle, your door may bind, and this may cause the door to stop and in some cases cause so much bind that it knocked the chain loose.
For preventive maintenance that will avoid future problems following a storm contact Preferred Window & Door, Northwest Indiana’s garage door installation and garage door repair company.