Your garage consists of an intricate system of pulleys, cables, gears and springs and that is why there are many parts that can cause the door to become noisy. Some of the problems are easily fixed. There are certain problems that require the services of a trained garage door technician.
It is necessary for you to establish whether you own a screw drive, chain drive or belt drive opener. It is a known fact that chain drive doors are generally noisy. This does not make them bad doors though. The chain drive openers, that are not that expensive, are reliable in extreme climates. They have the added bonus that they are long lasting. You can lessen the noise by regularly lubricating them but they will still be noisy. Although screw drive doors are less noisy to start out with, they do become as noisy as chain drive doors as they age. The belt drive door is the quietest door – but only if it is working optimally…
One of the reasons for a noisy door is that it is not balanced. It can even stop operating. Check the balance of the door by operating the door manually. You do this by pulling the red emergency release cord. Now release the door when you have raised it about halfway (manually). You will know it is properly balanced if there was little movement. It would start to fall it was not balanced properly. One of the biggest problems is worn springs.
The extension springs can easily be replaced by the owner. These springs run along the sides of the door. Torsion springs need to be handled with great care and their repairs should be done by a professional garage door technician. They run along the top of the door.
A very easy problem to fix is a faulty hinge. A hinge that makes a squeaky noise simply needs to be oiled. If the hinge makes a grinding noise it would more than likely need to be replaced. This noise could be as result of a bent gear and sprocket, which you will find inside the main console. Unless you feel confident about your knowledge and experience of the workings of machinery it is advisable to contact professional garage door repair service. Remember if you do take on this job, you MUST unplug the unit before doing any repair or adjustment.
A loud ticking sound is an indication that the bearings are worn in the the pulley and/or the rollers. The bearings will have to be replaced and be sure you know how to do it correctly or you may injure yourself.
A grating sound is an indication that the coils of the springs have become bent. The grating noise is caused by the coils rubbing against each other. You will then need to replace the springs. Refer to the section on torsion springs and extension springs.
A garage door is very heavy and can cause serious injury to you and damage to your property. If you decide to do all the repairs yourself, you should do it with caution!