How frustrating is it when your body clock wakes you up thirty minutes before your alarm goes off and you find yourself tossing and turning trying to get back to sleep but ultimately fail. That precious thirty minutes of slumber is the difference between grumpy-self and happy-self. Throw in an extremely noisy garage and you will find your grumpy-self taking over more than you wish for. A squeaking and screeching garage door opening at 5am on a daily basis is enough to make anyone go crazy, including your next-door neighbours. So just exactly how does one fix a noisy garage?
A garage system may seem quite complex to fix as it comprises of many different small components such as tracks, cables, rollers, brackets and hinges. But there are some sections which are safe and easy to maintain. Here are some simple tips to fix that obnoxious garage door:
Steps you can do on your own
Safety first – Before you begin, ensure that the area is well lit and that there is no objects lying around the place as you operate your step ladder or stool. Disconnect the garage door from its power source to prevent anyone attempting to open it as you are working on it.
- Undertake a visual inspection – as simple as it sounds, make sure there is nothing blocking the tracks. This can include any small rocks, bits of debris or objects.
- Lubrication – apply lubricant to all moving parts of the garage door, including the hinges, pivot points, stems, locks and the arm bar. If your rollers are plastic then there is no need to grease them up as it only applies to metal. Lubricate the pulleys and allow for a garage door to be moved a few times to really work the lubricant through.Ensure that you are using a silicone or lithium based lubricant as it provides a much thicker coating that will stick to metal moving parts a lot longer. Do not use regular WD-40 as it is water based product and will prevent any grease from sticking.
DO NOT lubricate the tracks as this will cause them to slide too much. It will also attract unwanted dust and dirt which can actually clog the tracks up. Wipe the tracks down with a damp cloth and brake cleaner to remove any dirt and grime
- Tighten the nuts – using your deep socket wrench and a ratchet ensure that all nuts and bolts on the garage are snug and replacing any that are worn out or damaged. DO NOT over tighten as this can pull the bolts right through.
- Check the rollers – if they are more sliding than rolling, then they need replacement. it is a lot safer to leave it to professionals though so do not attempt to replace them yourself. Consider some alternatives rollers which are a lot quieter such as nylon or nylon covered steel.
Better left for the professionals
- Rollers – if your rollers need replacing and your garage door happens to use Torsion Springs then DO NOT attempt to replace these rollers in the bottom bracket. Due to the springs being constantly under tension, this can be a risky job which could lead to serious injury so it is best left to the professionals.
- Strange noises – if the motor is making strange noises or has suddenly stopped working then there are a few simple steps (link to my garage door has stopped working) to consider but ultimately, if you are unsure then it is best to contact garage doors professionals who can visit, assess and safely fix the issue.
Looking after your garage is like washing your car on a fortnightly basis, it all comes down to regular maintenance – it is about being preventative rather than reactive. If you are not confident in any of the steps above then contact Gryphon Garage Doors who can provide great advice and assistance on garage door maintenance, replacement motors or purchasing a whole new garage door system. Our team covers Perth as well as Melbourne and supplies some of the quietest motors on the market.