Does your garage door make an annoying squeaking sound when you open or close it? Sometimes, this noise might come in short bursts, sounding somewhat like the squeaks of a mouse. Other times, prolonged squeaks may come from the door. There are several reasons why your garage door may be squeaking, and luckily, many of these arise from problems you can easily fix yourself. Just follow these steps to get to the bottom of the problem and hopefully bring the squeaking to an end.
Check for debris.
Sometimes, leaves or dirt can get stuck in the opening mechanism and cause squeaking. Take a look at the door tracks as well as the chains. If you see any debris, pull or wipe it off. Open and close the door again to see if you solved the problem.
Lubricate the springs and chains.
If your door is still squeaking after checking for and removing any debris, then it's time to give it a solid lubrication job. Silicon spray tends to be the best lubrication choice for garage doors, since it's easiest to apply. Take the spray, and spray all along the length of the chain. Be generous. Then, apply some lubrication to the torsion springs (they can get squeaky if they've begun to rust at all), and to the wheels. Next, open and close the door a few times. It might squeak the first few times, but if a lack of lubrication is the issue, it should quiet down once the lube is worked into the chain.
Check for bent and misaligned tracks.
If even lubricating the door does not alleviate the squeaking, there's a good chance it is due to a bent or misaligned track. A bent track can cause parts to rub together, creating a squeaking noise as they move past one another. Take a look at the tracks and see if you can spot any areas where they
If your garage door tracks appear to be more than slightly misaligned, then it is best to have a professional come fix the problem. By attempting to fix them yourself, you may accidentally make the problem worse. You don't want to make a squeaky door into one that does not work at all.
Don't ignore a squeaking garage door. Usually, there's an easy fix, and your door will be back to quiet, normal operation in no time. To learn more, speak with a business like an America's Garage Doors LLC.