How to Fix a Noisy Garage Door (2024)

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ByFamily Handyman

Updated: Sep. 08, 2023

The key is simple maintenance for a garage door track

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    Regular garage door maintenance is crucial for the safety, functionality, and longevity of your home's access point. Neglecting this essential task can lead to a host of problems, from inconvenient breakdowns to costly repairs. Routine inspections and lubrication of moving parts, like springs and rollers, ensure smooth operation and reduce wear and tear. Furthermore, addressing issues early on can prevent accidents and injuries, as malfunctioning garage doors can pose serious risks. Maintaining your garage door also enhances the curb appeal of your home, contributing to its overall value.

    Tools Required

    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Adjustable wrench
    • Impact driver
    • Socket/ratchet set
    • Stepladder
    • Wrench set

    Materials Required

    • Fender washers
    • Garage door lube
    • Lag screws
    • Nylon rollers
    • Replacement hinges
    • Rubber anti-vibration pads

    Project step-by-step (9)

    Step 1

    Tighten all parts

    Snug up all the nuts and bolts on your garage door track and check for worn parts and replace where needed. Then spray all the moving components with garage door lubricant.

    Step 2

    Replace worn rollers

    Replace the roller by unbolting the hinge and tilting the roller out of the garage door track. Swap out the rollers and reinstall the hinge.

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    Step 3

    Install new hinges

    Write down the number that’s stamped into the hinge and pick up the same number replacement hinge at the hardware store. Or take the old hinge with you to match it up.

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    Step 4

    Grease the track

    Squeeze a large dollop of grease onto your gloved hand and wipe it onto the garage door track. Operate the opener several times to spread the grease along the track and into the trolley.

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    Step 5

    Lube everything that moves with garage door lube

    Spray the roller shafts and hinges first with garage door lube. Wipe off the drippy garage door lube excess. Then slip a piece of cardboard behind the torsion springs and soak them with garage door spring lubricant, too.

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    Step 6

    The fixes for a garage door that makes a racket when it opens and closes are fairly easy and will take less than an hour. Start by tightening all the door and track hardware. Use a deep socket and a ratchet on all the nuts to snug them up. But don’t overtighten—that can pull the carriage bolt heads right through the door skin or strip the lag screw holes.

    Next, check for worn rollers and hinges. Many garage door track rollers have unsealed bearings that self-destruct after years of rolling around in a dirty environment. The wear can be so severe that the rollers actually wobble as the door operates. If your rollers are worn, consider replacing them with nylon rollers with sealed bearings (available at garage door suppliers or online). Nylon rollers are quieter and don’t require periodic oiling. But they are more expensive than steel.

    Replace track rollers one at a time. If your door uses torsion springs mounted on the header above the door, do NOT attempt to replace the rollers in the bottom brackets. Those brackets are under constant spring tension and can cause serious injury if you unbolt them. That’s a job for a pro.

    Worn hinges are less common than worn rollers. But sloppy hinges make a lot of noise and can cause the door to bind and wear out the tongue-and-groove joints at the door sections. Some play at the hinge is normal. But if you see an oblong hole where the tubular hinge pin mates with the hinge bracket, replace the hinge. Gray dust and metal filings around the hinge pin are early signs of wear.

    Once you’ve replaced the worn door components, check the garage door opener chain. A loose garage door opener chain makes loud slapping sounds and causes jerky door movements that smack the rollers against the track. So start by tightening the chain (find the procedure in your owner’s manual). If you have a track drive opener, the next step is to lubricate the opener track with grease. If you have a screw drive opener, grease the threads.

    Next, spray the hinges, roller bearings (unsealed style), and springs with a garage door lube like the Prime Flo garage door lubrication kit. Also hit the torsion bar bearings, and any other pivot points. The special garage door lube penetrates the parts as a liquid and dries to form a non-tacky grease that won’t attract dirt and dust, which can gum things up. Lubricate all moving parts every six months to reduce wear and keep the door quiet. Avoid other lubricants such as oil, grease, or spray lithium grease. They’re cheaper, but they don’t penetrate as well and tend to pick up dust and grit—just what you don’t want in garage door spring lubricant on moving parts.

    Step 7

    Isolate the opener

    Add anti-vibration pads

    Slide one anti-vibration pad between the mounting bracket and the ceiling and the second pad under the bracket. Then slip a fender washer onto the new lag screw and drive it into the rafter with a socket wrench or impact driver.

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    Step 8

    Fasten brackets to rafters

    Bolt all four corners of the opener bracket to the rafters.

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    Step 9

    If you have an attached or tuck-under garage and your opener seems loud inside the house, try this step.

    Mechanically isolate the opener from the garage rafters/trusses with rubber pads. Cut rubber pads out of an old tire, or buy specially made rubber/cork anti-vibration pads.You’ll be adding about an inch in thickness, so you’ll need four longer lag screws and four fender washers.

    Originally Published: January 18, 2019

    How to Fix a Noisy Garage Door (2024)


    How can I make my garage door quieter? ›

    Method 1: Tighten Nuts And Bolts

    Using a wrench and socket set to retighten these bolts and screws can potentially quiet the garage door almost completely. Take care not to overtighten this hardware as you risk stripping the lag screw holes or pulling the carriage bolt heads through the garage door.

    Can I lubricate my garage door with WD-40? ›

    WD40 is Not a Garage Door Lubricant.

    If you use WD40 on your garage door parts, you'll put extra wear and tear on them. For instance, WD40 can actually soften and deform nylon rollers. Plus, it'll attract dirt and debris, making for gunked up tracks and gears, and a noisy, rickety garage door.

    What's the best lubricant for a garage door? ›

    White lithium grease: White lithium grease is a thick, white grease that is resistant to water and dust. It is a good all-purpose lubricant for garage door parts, including hinges, rollers and springs.

    Why does my garage door make a banging sound when I open it? ›

    If your garage door makes a loud banging noise when closing or opening, the door may be unbalanced or have a broken torsion spring. The spring may be causing a banging or crashing sound, particularly when the door hits the floor. Check the springs and lubricate them if necessary.

    Why is my garage door so loud? ›

    Insufficient lubrication: If your garage door parts are not properly lubricated, you may hear rattling, squeaking, squealing, grinding or vibrating noises. Rattling could also be caused by improper installation, unbalanced doors, or loose nuts or bolts.

    How can I reduce the sound in my garage? ›

    Foam panels help with reducing impact noises by adding a soft layer to hard surfaces, preventing the sound from bouncing and vibrating. Consider adding acoustic foam panels to the walls and ceilings inside your garage, and if you aren't phased about the view, you can place them on windows as well.

    Should you spray lubricant on garage door springs? ›

    Lubricating garage door springs is important to keep them from rusting and breaking. To do this, start by spraying WD-40 Specialist White Lithium Grease on the spring. Then, use a putty knife to spread the grease evenly. Do this for each spring until all of them are lubricated.

    Is Blaster dry lube good for garage doors? ›

    Without question, Blaster is the best. Clean and immediately effective!

    How often should a garage door be lubricated? ›

    It is important to lubricate all moving parts of your garage door every six months including the garage door track. Make sure you're using an all-weather product, since low temperatures can cause lubricants to become thick and viscous. This makes it harder to open and close the door.

    What oil should I use on my garage door? ›

    Remember, we recommend using only lithium grease as a garage door lubricant instead of WD-40 or oil. WD-40 or oil would lubricate the garage door just fine, but it would attract dirt later on, which would prove counterproductive.

    Why does my door make a loud sound when I open it? ›

    There may be occasions when your squeaky door is caused by wood rubbing against wood, but most often, it's the door hinges that are to blame. It could be that the hinge pin or other component has broken and needs replacing or more commonly, there could be a lack of lubrication that's leading to friction and noise.

    Why does my garage door motor make sound? ›

    Common Garage Door Opener Sounds

    Grinding: Moving parts of your garage door opener need to be lubricated. Rattling: Often the cause of chains or belts, the garage door opener's chain may be loose and clacking or the belt needs to be adjusted. The support rails may also be the cause of the noise.

    Why is my garage door bucking? ›

    Your Hinges or Rollers Need Lubrication: Sometimes, a bit of grease is all you need to keep your garage door from bowing or buckling and making hideous screeching noises. If the machinery is rusty or dry, oil it up and see if that fixes the problem.

    How can I make my garage door soundproof? ›

    Invest in a good door seal or sweep for your garage door to ensure there are no small gaps when it's closed. 4. Hang an acoustic blanket over the door. Acoustic blankets can be used throughout the entire room to cover spaces where sound gets through, particularly over the garage door.

    How can I make my loud door quieter? ›

    To soundproof a bedroom door you can:
    1. Install acoustic door sweeps to stop sound coming under the door.
    2. Add weatherstripping/gasket insulation to create a better seal around the door.
    3. Use expanding foams to plug up any gaps in the door/frame.
    4. Add additional mass to your doors using blankets or mass loaded vinyl.

    Will insulating a garage door make it quieter? ›

    Insulated garage doors can actually be about three times quieter than non-insulated garage doors and can reduce noise by up to 16 decibels. This is helpful for home occupants who reside in rooms above or next to the garage.


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