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Why Is My Garage Door So Loud?

Have you ever found yourself wondering ‘why is my garage door is so loud?’ If so, you aren’t alone! Many of our friends and customers have asked us the same thing, and we are always happy to answer.

These complex machines work by using a combination of pulleys, cables, and springs to open and close your garage door—unfortunately any one of these components could malfunction and cause noisy operation.

Here are some of the most common causes of a loud garage door and why it’s important to schedule maintenance or repair services soon.

Common Causes of Noisy Garage Doors

Decibels by Design

When trying to determine the source of the problem, the first thing you should consider is the type of garage door opener you have. In some cases, the mere design of your garage door opener is the cause of your loud garage door. Here’s what you should know about the different types of garage door openers.

  • Chain Drive – The most popular and budget-friendly type of garage door opener. Unfortunately, it’s also the loudest when compared to alternatives, making them a great choice for detached garages. This design uses a chain to push and pull a trolley to move the door up and down.
  • Belt Drive – Slightly higher-priced option for a garage door opener. This design utilizes a belt rather than a chain for door operation and can be significantly quieter during operation when compared to chain drives, making them ideal for attached garages.
  • Screw Drive – This design incorporates fewer components for door operation, and in return requires less maintenance over time. Screw drives are slightly louder than belt drives, falling in the mid-range of noise emittance when among alternatives.

Improper Balance

If your garage door has poor stability, odds are you have a loud garage door. If left unaddressed, your door may even stop working completely! If you suspect your garage door is is out of balance, it’s important to contact a professional and schedule repair services to prevent further damages.

Mechanical Failure

Whether it’s from simple age, extended use, or mechanical failure from normal wear and tear, there are a number of intricate internal components that could be causing your garage door to be loud. This can include:

  • Worn springs
  • Faulty hinges
  • Worn out bearings
  • Age and type of rollers

Poor Maintenance

Just like your car or HVAC system needs routine care, your garage door needs the same regular maintenance in order to perform reliably and efficiently during its lifespan. Preventative care is also a great way to identify minor issues that could potentially turn into big problems.

Contact Overhead Door Company of Ft. Wayne for Garage Door Repair & Maintenance

Unfortunately, there are a number of things that could be causing your garage door noise level issue, but one thing is for sure – no matter what the cause, it’s important to address it quickly to prevent more extensive (and costly) damages.

If you have questions about our services or are having problems with a loud garage door, give us a call or contact us online!

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