School is almost out which means the kids will be home again and your garage door will be opening and closing a lot more!  Don’t go crazy listening to a noisy garage door. Let us help you out with these handy DIY tips.  It’s fairly easy to do and should take you less than an hour.  Most of the noise is caused by worn rollers, loose hardware and parts that need lubrication

Tip #1: Tighten up all garage door parts!  Use a deep socket and a ratchet on all the nuts to snug them up.  But be careful not to over tighten–that can pull the carriage bolt heads right through the door skin or strip the lag screw holes.

Tip #2:  Check for worn rollers! Unsealed bearings can self-destruct after years of rolling around in a dirty environment.   Severe wear can cause the rollers to actually wobble as the door operates. If you need to replace worn rollers consider replacing them with nylon rollers with sealed bearings. (available through Anderson Garage Doors) Nylon rollers are quieter and don’t require periodic oiling.  Be sure to replace rollers one at a time and DO NOT  attempt to replace the rollers in the bottom brackets.  Due to the torsion springs above the garage door, those brackets are under constant tension and serious injury could result if you unbolt them.  For help with that call Anderson Garage Doors .

Tip #3:  Check for worn hinges!  Hinges do have some play but loose hinges are noisy and can cause the door to bind. You need to replace the hinge if you see an oblong hole where the tubular hinge pin mates with the hinge bracket.  Also check for grey dust and metal filings as this is another sign of wear.

Tip #4:  Check your garage door opener!  The most common problem is a loose chain. A loose chain causes the door to jerk which causes the rollers to hit against the track.  (Be sure to see the owner’s manual for instructions or call Anderson Garage Doors )  For screw drive openers always use a low temperature grease to grease the threads.

Tip #5: Lubricate!  WD 40 works great to lubricate springs, hinges and rollers. Remember to get the torsion bar bearings and any other pivot points.  Running the door up and down as you spray will give you a better lubrication. If you lubricate twice a year your door will be quieter and the parts will last longer.

Tip #6:  Let a professional do the work!  If you aren’t the DIY kind of person you can always call Anderson Garage Doors.  They will come and do an 18 point inspection of your door and opener so you don’t have to worry about it! Your door will run smoothly and quietly.

Fill your summer with sounds of laughter and not the squeaks of a noisy garage door!

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