Noisy Garage Doors and Openers

The good thing about owning a noisy garage door is that nobody is going to sneak in on you.  That’s about the only good thing.  Noisy operation is a garage doors way of telling you that it needs service.

On lower-end doors, some level of noise can be expected.  Garage doors that have no insulation have large areas of sheet metal that amplify even the slightest sounds.. something like what a big stereo speaker would do.  Even those can be made to operate at a more acceptable noise level.

A garage door is big machine with many moving parts.  Any one of these parts, if in poor repair, loose or out of adjustment can be the source of your garage door noise. Metal to metal friction or contact will also cause squeaking or scraping sounds if the parts are not properly lubricated. The vibration of the opener’s motor or inner gears can also transfer unpleasant sounds through the mounting hardware and be amplified by the home’s building materials.

While some noises are common and be expected, there are few that indicate a more serious problem.. the kind of problem that if not addressed now will cause expensive repairs down the road.

  • Constant Click-Clack Sound When as the Door Goes Up Or Down: This sound is most common in garage doors that have roller bearings beginning to fail. At first, the problem is more annoying than damaging. Over time, however, the roller will begin to deteriorate and the bearings will become so worn that they fall out of place. Once that happens, the wheel can no longer rotate properly on the shaft. Eventually the wheel can can get caught in the track.. or it may even fall off completely.
  • Metal-to-Metal Scraping Sound: Almost like fingernails on a chalkboard, this sound is bad news on a garage door. Something is out of align and the sound you’re hearing is steel being cut. Proper adjustment is needed right away. Less experienced garage door techs will attempt to quiet the noise with oil or other lubricants. That does nothing to stop the damage being done to your garage door system.
  • Popping Noise: Garage door sections are held together with hinges. These hinges allow the door sections to freely move from the vertical to horizontal position as the door goes up and down. Door sections edges are machined to join tightly together to keep the weather out of your garage. Popping sounds result when the sections no longer meet up properly. It could be a minor dent on the sections meeting rail, a broken/bent door hinge or a combination of both. As more force is applied, the sections are pushed together and you hear a pop. The popping will only get worse if not addressed soon. Over time, it takes more and more force to move the door. This added pressure destroys opener gears and can result in door section damage that’s beyond repair.
  • Spring Chatter: As the door moves, either up or down, you may notice a clunking or chattering sound come from the torsion spring. After a garage door torsion spring is wound, a good door professional will slightly stretch the spring to prevent the coils from rubbing together. In most cases the noise is just annoying. But sometimes the binding of spring coils can be so bad that the door is unable to overcome the bind and gets stuck on the way down. The chattering may also contributes to early spring failure. Proper adjustment and lubrication is needed. This adjustment should only be performed by a person trained in the dangers associated with working on the high-tension spring system.
  • Creaks and Squeaks: Some doors are noisier than others. One of the features of a higher end door or opener is how quiet it runs. That does not mean you should settle for a lesser door that’s noisy. Over time, hinges will start to get loud and squeaky. After checking that there is no damage to the hinge, a drop of light-weight machine oil will quiet the beast.
  • Opener Chain Slapping: Chain driven garage door openers should run smooth and not slap around while the door is moving. When they do, something, somewhere is out of adjustment. If the source of the problem is not found, you’ll be looking at expensive opener repairs soon. The chain slapping is most common when the chain is too tight. It may also come from an improperly adjusted door or a bent opener drive rail.
  • Humming, Buzzing and/or Grinding Sounds: Any unusual noise coming from an opener should be investigated. With it running, place your hand on the openers light cover and in various places on the case of the opener. If you are able to muffle the sound, it’s probably nothing more than a loose screw or poor fitting case. A rubber shim may be all it takes to silence the problem.

It’s not possible to describe every door noise problem here. Our service technicians are trained to listen. We listen to you and your garage door.

Yes we can.  Besides resolving common, problem noises during a routine service call, you may opt for us to upgrade a few key components of your garage door system that are designed to quiet noisy doors.  Premium quality rollers, vibration isolation bumpers and super-quiet bearings can be installed as part of a garage door overhaul.  You may even opt for us to replace your noisy garage door opener with an extremely quiet new model.   Homes that have living space (bedroom, nursery, etc.) located above the garage will benefit most from this upgrade service.

Every Indy Door Guy service call includes a complete investigation to find the source of any unusual noise you garage door makes. Proper adjustment, (part of every service call),  solves most noise problems.  When parts or more extensive repairs are needed, we’ll provide you with a written quote that outlines your repair options… BEFORE doing the work.  Your final bill should never be  a surprise.

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