How to Fix Your Squeaky Garage Door

Oiling a squeaky garage door chain connecting to the opener mechanism.

When your garage door squeaks, it can be worrisome. Does the squeakiness mean that something is wrong with your garage door or is it just a minor annoyance? Garage doors can make a lot of noise, but it’s usually because of the motor running. If you’re trying to figure out how to fix your squeaky garage door, you first have to figure out what’s causing the noise.

Start by investigating where the squeaking is coming from. When you’re in your garage, open and close the garage door and listen for where the noise is coming from. Inspect the rollers, hinges, and springs. When a garage door is noisy, the noise is coming from the rollers or the hinges. 

This is a pretty common problem with older garage doors. When the rollers wear out, the garage door will sound squeaky when it moves up and down. This can also happen with a newer garage door if the rollers are bent or damaged. There are a few ways to fix a squeaky garage door.

Watch the rollers, hinges, and springs as the door moves up and down. You may identify where the noise is coming from. If you notice the door is loose and not gliding up and down as it should, you may have a nut or bolt that’s loose. Tighten any nuts or bolts and see if that makes the squeaky noise stop.

If you don’t see any damage, and there aren’t loose nuts or bolts, then your garage door may just need to be lubricated. Before you grab the WD-40 and start oiling your garage door, make sure you have the right lubricant. Regular WD-40 is not something you should use on a garage door. Purchase some WD-40 White Lithium Grease. It is designed for metal-to-metal lubrication.

Lubricate all the hinges and rollers. Open and close the door a few times. This will coat all the moving parts with grease. Once you’ve lubricated, open and close the garage door a few times. Once you’ve opened and closed it a few times, the squeaking noise should go away.

If you are still hearing it squeak after inspecting all the moving parts and lubricating, it’s best to call a professional to look. Odds are it’s nothing to be concerned about, but sometimes a noisy door can be an indicator of a bigger problem. If you’re not sure, give Environmental Door a call at 616-453-0164. We can answer your questions or schedule a time to look at your garage door.

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