Why is my garage door so noisy and loud? If your garage door makes a loud noise when opening and closing, this could be a sign that there’s a problem with your garage door mechanism. Your garage door is full of moving parts with some parts being metal moving against metal. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons for a noisy garage door.
Type of Garage Door Openers:
Chain Driven Garage Door Opener:
Many types of garage door openers come along with different ranges of noise levels. Chain-driven garage door openers are the less expensive option however are the noisiest options due to the chains banging against the metal rail as they pull the garage door open or close. As the chain guides deteriorate with age, the chain will bounce and bang louder as the pieces break off.
Belt Drive Garage Door Opener:
Belt drive garage door openers do cost more upfront than chain drive openers but tend to last longer due to the trolley moving the belt. Belt drives are the quietest openers due to the low-vibration belt made of either steel-reinforced rubber, polyurethane, or fiberglass.
Worn or Damaged Parts:
Garage doors need rollers to operate. These rod and wheel systems connect the door to a set of tracks allowing it to open and close smoothly and swiftly. Steel rollers will alert you like an alarm when they are damaged. Popping, grinding, scraping, clicking, and wobbling are signs of worn-out or damaged rollers.
It’s not unusual for garage door hinges to wear out. Listen for grinding or screeching noises to determine if the hinges are worn out or cracked. Inspect them carefully, if they seem to be still in good condition you can usually use a lithium-based grease to quiet them down.
Nuts and Bolts:
The door vibration can cause screws, nuts, and bolts to become loose over time. When the door is in use, it will rattle and vibrate the loose pieces. All nuts and bolts should be tightened.
More Complex Issues:
The gear and sprocket assembly inside the garage door opener unit could be worn out. It makes a buzzing or grinding noise when in need of repair. Best to leave this to the garage door professionals to repair.