DIY Garage Door Repair 101: How to Fix a Noisy Garage Door

Fixing a noisy garage door is a fairly simple DIY repair. Usually, a noisy rattle is caused by loose hardware, squeaky parts, or worn rollers. Sometime all it takes are some anti-vibration pads to do the trick. These are easy things to fix.

Tighten Everything Down

First start by tightening all the parts. This should be something you regularly do anyway, like cleaning the gutters or spring cleaning the garage. Snug down all nuts and bolts. Keep an eye out for worn parts and replace whatever looks broken. Spray all moving parts with a good lubricant.

Look for Worn Rollers, Hinges

Keep an eye out for any worn rollers or hinges. Some track rollers will have unsealed bearings that self destruct overtime. Sometimes the wear causes the rollers to wobble, which makes for a very noisy door. Consider replacing any worn rollers with with nylon rollers with sealed bearings. These may be a little expensive, but much quieter, durable and easier to maintain.

Worn hinges are another source of noise.Plus, they cause the door to bind and wear out the tongue-and-groove joints at the door sections. You’ll want a little play on the hinge, but replace the hinge if you find any holes where the tubular hinge pin connects.

Tightening the Chain

Another source of noise is the garage door opener chain. A loose garage door opener chain will slap the door and the ceiling, making loud sounds and causing jerky movements that smack rollers against the track. You can tighten the chain to lessen the movement. It’s also a good idea to lubricate the chain.

Install Anti-Vibration Pads

You can also lessen the noise of the garage door by adding anti-vibration rubber pads to the mounting brackets. It’s a simple DIY garage door repair that will cost you about $14 in parts.