How to Quiet a Noisy Garage Door

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While some noise is to be expected, particularly if you have a chain-driven garage door opener, noise that wakes the neighbors is a bit excessive. It’s even more frustrating when your bedroom is adjacent or over the garage and you’re woken up late at night or early in the morning. If this is your truth, here are a few steps that you can take to quiet a noisy garage door.

What Causes a Noisy Garage Door?

Worn Out Rollers: Metal rollers travelling along metal tracks tend to be quite noisy. Replace your metal rollers with nylon for quieter operation. Nylon rollers are also much more durable than metal rollers. They require no lubrication reducing the amount of time you spend on maintaining the door. Average 10-ball bearing nylon rollers are designed to last 10,000-15,000 cycles; the equivalent life of a torsion spring.

An Unbalanced Garage Door: A garage door that is unbalanced can cause a significant amount of noise and after a while may become non-operational. There is a simple method for testing the door’s stability. Following the instructions outlined in your garage door opener’s manual, pull the emergency release mechanism, which will allow you to manually open and close the door. Try raising the door halfway before releasing it. If the door is stable, it will not move much; but if it is unbalanced, it will start to fall. An unbalanced door should be professionally repaired.

Chain-Drive Garage Door Openers: Chain-drive garage door openers are generally affordable, durable, and…noisy. Install anti-vibration pads to reduce some of the noise caused by these openers. To install, slide one anti-vibration pad between the opener’s mounting bracket and the ceiling, and the second pad under the bracket and secure with a fender washer and lag screw. Belt-drive garage door openers provide the quietest operation.

What Can You Do to Reduce this Noise?

With your door closed, stand inside the garage and take a good look to see if there are any parts that appear broken, worn-out or very loose. Hardware (i.e. nuts, bolts, and screws) may loosen over time. That is why it is important to break out the toolbox and use a socket wrench to tighten up all of the door’s individual parts. Mind you, there are a lot! If any parts appeared damaged, you’ll want to consult a professional.

In addition to performing a visual inspection (something that should be done monthly) and tightening all hardware, you should lubricate all metal parts that come in contact with another metal part, such as hinges and the spring system. Use a high-quality silicone-based lubricant. Don’t use WD-40 and don’t lubricate the door’s tracks as this can damage the door.

If you aren’t comfortable completing these tasks on your own, it is always best to contact a professional garage door repair company, who can send an expert technician to your home at a time convenient for you to perform routine maintenance such as this. Some causes of noisy garage doors may not be fixable with just basic supplies and will require the expertise of a professional.

Maintenance Tips for Garage Door & Openers

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Routine safety checks, along with preventative maintenance measures, can help extend the life your garage door and opener. The International Door Association (IDA) recommends setting aside a few minutes every month to inspect and test your garage door system in its entirety. Your monthly maintenance check list should include performing the following tests and tasks:

Reversal Test: With the door fully open, place a 2×4 (or similar size object) on the floor, centered directly under the door. Operate the door in the down direction. When the door hits the object, it should immediately reverse direction. Never attempt to stop the door using your hands or a object. If the door fails to reverse direction, halt further use, and contact a professional repair technician.

Force Limit Setting Test: With the door fully open, place a 2×4 (or similair object) on the floor, centered directly under the door. Much the same as you would in the reversal test. Operate the door in the down direction. If the door fails to automatically reverse, the force may be excessive, and will require immediate adjustment

Door Balance and Alignment: With the door fully closed, disengage the garage door opener from the door itself, by simply pulling the red manual release rope straight down and then back towards the motor. Once disengaged, lift the door about 3 or 4 feet above the ground with your hands, and let go. If the door stays open, then it’s properly balanced, but if it closes then you’ll need to contact a professional.

Visual Inspections: Regularly inspecting all moving and non-moving components is one of the best ways to prevent malfunction. If you suspect that something is amiss, it’s best to leave it for the professionals to inspect and repair if need be. To maintain the tracks, simply wipe or vacuum any debris, which may prevent the rollers from moving smoothly along them.

Proper Lubrication: The IDA recommends regularly lubricating all of the moving components of your garage door during maintenance. You should, however, refrain from lubricating any plastic components. Using a high-quality silicone lubricant, lightly lubricate the door’s rollers, bearings, hinges, springs, chains (as long as they’re not plastic).

Things to Check Before Calling a Garage Door Repairman

 

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It’s 6am on a Monday morning and, as always, there’s a mountain of work to be done. But first you have to get out of the house. This means dealing with kids that don’t want to get up, let alone go to school, and getting everyone fed when they all want something different to eat.

Already running late for work, you run to your car, which is parked inside the garage and activate the door by pressing the remote on your car’s visor – like you do on any other day. Except, on this day, the door simply doesn’t want to open.

There’s nothing more stressful than dealing with a malfunctioning garage door. Opening and closing at the press of a button, four times per day (on average), can really take its toll on your garage door system. From there it can get old, damaged and faulty.

If your garage door isn’t working properly, there are a few things you can and should do to troubleshoot the problem, prior to calling a garage door repairman. Some simple tweaks may just be the thing to get your door running again – and you on your way to work.

Of course, the best way to avoid encountering costly garage door problems and subsequent repairs, is to perform monthly maintenance tasks, according to the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation. Many maintenance tasks are do-it-yourself friendly.

When Should I Call a Garage Door Repairman?

Problem #1: The door only partially closes before changing direction

If the door changes direction when you’re attempting to close it, this generally means that something is blocking the door’s safety sensors, or that they’ve become misaligned. The small light on each of the sensors should be lit when nothing is between them.

To try aligning the sensors, maneuver them slightly with your hands, until you notice lit lights. If, after ensuring they’re in proper alignment, they still don’t light up then they made need to be replaced by a professional garage door repairman. A bigger issue may be at play as well.

Problem #2: The door is jammed shut

If the door appears jammed or is favoring one side over the other then this could be the result of broken cables, broken springs, bent tracks or worn pulleys. All of which would require replacement. Replacing these components is a job best left to the professionals.

Problem #3: The door won’t open

Garage doors are one of the heaviest, not to mention bulkiest, moving objects you probably own. And, despite what you may believe, it’s not the garage door opener that does the heavy lifting. It’s the springs on your door. The door cannot open without the strength of these springs.

Because the springs are under an immense amount of tension, which is effectively released when they break, their repair is best left to a professional garage door repairman. Broken garage door spring repair is NOT a DIY yourself project!

 

Garage Door Maintenance: Why it’s So Important!

It’s easy to ignore your garage door.

Nope – this statement just isn’t going to cut it!

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Seriously, how easy is to ignore something you probably open and close multiple times a day, or something you park in front of? Come on folks! Not only will actually ignoring your garage door cause you many headaches, but it also downright dangerous to do so.

This is because of the fact that your garage door is the largest, and quite possibly the most important, moving object you will ever have the pleasure of owning. However, it is the door’s components and its opener that allows the 150 to 250 pound door to operate successfully.

The best thing you can do is to remember it is there and that it, just like the vehicle you drive every day, needs to be serviced every now and then. The ugly truth is that without the proper attention, you very well may be looking at many problems, all of which I’m sure you’d rather not be dealing with.

To ensure that your garage door and garage door opener operate smoothly and safely year round, you should periodically inspect it for any noticeable wear and tear, as well as perform some very simple maintenance tasks. Here are just some of the garage door maintenance tasks we recommend you do on a routine basis:

Inspect Your Door Visually:

Visually inspect your door at least once a month to ensure none of its components are rusty, broken or on the verge of breaking. (Make sure to use caution around moving parts, namely the springs, as they are under immense tension).

Test the Automatic Reverse System:

Required by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission since 1991, this feature causes a descending door to immediately stop and return to an open position upon contact with an obstruction.

To test this feature, place a roll of paper towels, in the path of the closing door. The door should quickly reverse upon contact with the paper towels (or other object of your choosing).

Test the Infrared Motion System:

This feature, which is again extremely important for ensuring your safety, works by immediately stopping a door from closing once something interferes with the door’s infrared motion system’s (aka its safety eyes) beam. The system’s safety eyes are typically installed six inches off the ground.

Test the Emergency Manual Release:

All garage door openers in operation today are required to have an emergency manual release handle that typically hangs from the unit itself on a bright red rope. Pulling on this rope allows you to manually operate the door in the event it malfunctions or there is a power outage.

Pull on the rope to test this feature. Are you able to smoothly raise and lower the door manually? If not, don’t force it. In the event your door feels heavy or just won’t budge, you should immediately contact a professional garage door services company to come out and repair your door.

Lubricate All Moving Parts:

Using a deep penetrating oil (think WD-40) provide your door’s moving parts with a good squirt or two on an annual basis. This includes lightly spraying your door’s springs, rollers, tracks, and opener’s chain. This will ensure your door operates smoothly all year.

Garage Door Safety Tips, Prevent Dangers To Your Children

Dynamic Door Service TulsaLess than 2 weeks ago, a four-year-old boy was sadly crushed and killed by an automatic garage door in his home. Apparently, the garage door sensors had malfunctioned due to how small he was. This means that when the sensor to the garage door was obstructed by the young child, it failed to trigger the garage door opener to begin reversing. We, at Dynamic Door Service Tulsa, would like to send our condolences to his family and would also like to provide safety tips to prevent any unfortunate events like this one from happening again.

As any garage owner should now, the garage door is the largest moving object of the home. Being this large and heavy means that there is a greater chance of injury when using the garage door; therefore it is important to make sure that everyone in the home is aware of this and is willing to follow a few safety rules.

Always Monitor Young Children/Animals Around The Garage Door

As fun as a small remote with a couple of buttons or less may be, NEVER let children play with the garage door opener. It must be understood that the garage door can be dangerous and the remote is ONLY used to open and close the garage door. Again, the garage door and remote are NOT meant to be played with. Although, this does not mean that they cannot lend a helping hand by pushing the bottoms for you (only when asked). With the right mindset, children can learn how to be safe when in the garage.

Regular and Yearly Inspections/Maintenance

Just like you would get your car checked regularly, it is important to do the same with your automatic garage door and garage door opener, as there are many smaller parts working together. It is crucial that all moving parts are working properly and if not, that you get these garage door issues fixed promptly by your local garage door repair company. A proactive task you can do to check your sensors is to close the garage door. As it is closing, obstruct the beam of the sensors. You should notice that the garage door begins to open within 2 seconds of the sensor being obstructed. If this is not the case, again, call the professionals to troubleshoot the issue.

As you do your part to regularly check your garage door, make sure to have your preferred garage door experts inspect all parts of the garage door. This will make sure that the entire garage door system is functioning properly and not becoming more of a safety hazard for you and the family.

Teach When You Can

Dynamic Door Service TulsaThe garage door is not meant to be scary for children, but having them understand the true dangers of the garage door can be lifesaving. So, gather the children today and create a fun lesson for them all that teaches them how to properly use the garage door and the garage door opener remote control. Don’t forget to stress the importance that the garage door is not something to be played with.

Are you currently in need of a yearly inspection or are dealing with other garage door issues? Dynamic Door Service – Tulsa are the experts in Garage Door Repairs. We provide 24 hour service for municipalities, have fully stocked service vehicles, and have technicians that are factory trained. Call us today at (918) 938-1338.

Common Garage Door Problems

Dynamic Door Service TulsaOwning any kind of machinery means that eventually, parts may need to be replaced. This includes cars, lawnmowers, and even garage doors. All these items have many pieces that help create bigger actions. For example, the garage door is the biggest moving part in your home and requires many smaller parts and pieces to help accomplish the main task, opening and closing the garage door. During the use of the garage door, wear and tear begins to take a toll on many or all the garage door pieces. When a part needs replacing, many common garage door problems can occur, as a result.

Common Garage Door Problems:

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An Insulated Garage Door Brings a Comfortable Winter

Dynamic Door Service TulsaThis is usually the time where many people are reminded of how important and beneficial having an insulated garage can be. On the other hand, for garage owners without insulation, this can be a harsh reminder. The cold outside weather leaks into the garage and it seems to be just as cold inside as it is outside. The electric bill has gone up because of having to constantly use the heater and the vehicle(s) may take twice as long to prepare and warm up for work and/or school.

With snow and low temperatures, there are many reasons and benefits to making sure your garage is insulated. Such as saving money on the electric bill and maintaining the temperature in the garage. Being able to maintain the temperature in the garage will help to use the heater less because the temperature in the garage will not leak outside nor will the cold temperature leak inside the garage. This helps to keep the temperature at a consistent level.

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