Being in the garage door and garage door opener business, we hear a lot of stories from customers about old doors and openers that practically wake the neighbors with their noise every time the opener starts.
In nearly all the stories we’ve heard, the homeowners have an old opener that needs to be replaced. If your opener is more than 15 years old, it’s probably one that can be heard every time the remote button is pushed, causing a loud start at the beginning of the opening cycle; a shuttering, rattling sound as the opener moves the door up and down; and, a jolting stop when the opening cycle is complete.
Squeaking garage doors are more than just a nuisance. They can be the first sign that something isn’t right with your door. If you pay attention to the noise as soon as possible after it starts, you may be able to head off a costly repair later. To get started, lower the garage door to give yourself room to work and then methodically check out the entire door.
Look for Any Loose Parts
Carefully look at all of the hinges, rollers, and other parts on the door. Start at one side at the top and work your way down one side and around to the other so that you don’t miss any parts in between. If the lighting in your garage isn’t that great, use a head lamp so that both hands are free and you can get a good view. Jiggle each part and use a screwdriver or wrench to tighten up any parts that feel loose.
Replace Any Worn Parts
While you’re tightening loose parts, look for parts that look as though they’re wearing out. A good sign that interior threads are wearing out is when you try to tighten them and the screw or bolt doesn’t catch or tighten at all. Other signs might include parts that don’t fit well against each other anymore or springs that seem to be stretched out or twisted. Make notes of the pieces that you need to replace and where they’re located so that when you get the parts, you can easily swap them out.
Add Lubrication Wherever Necessary
The next step is to lubricate all the moving parts that you can get to. Grease works well for the tracks on either side of the door. Add a liberal amount of grease and the door will help to spread it into the cracks and crevices as you raise and lower it. Other parts to lubricate include the hinges, the roller shafts, and the torsion springs. A spray lubricant works well for these parts and it doesn’t take long to apply.
We all know how annoying it is when you open the garage door and it squeaks.
We give free in-home estimates so you can have an honest assessment of how much your repair or replacement will be. We are more than happy to come to you and look at the issue you are experiencing call us today at (214) 980-2015 to schedule a service.
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