Dealing with a Noisy Garage Door: Common Problems and Solutions

Your garage door is meant to make your life easier, but when it produces loud and unusual sounds, it can be a source of annoyance and stress. Addressing any unusual noises as soon as possible is essential to keep your garage door in top working condition.

Here are five common problems that can cause a noisy garage door and their solutions:

1. Improper Installation

Improper installation can cause loud grinding, rattling, or squealing sounds that indicate a loose chain or nuts and bolts. If your garage door opens slowly, it could be due to alignment or pulley system problems.


  • Using improper equipment
  • Using lower-quality springs or system parts
  • Human error


Consider requesting installation services from a trusted company like Door Pros for reliable installation.

2. Worn Rollers

Worn rollers can cause your garage door to move out of alignment or slip off the tracks. Depending on the type of rollers, they may need lubrication or replacement.


  • Wear and tear from frequent use
  • Age


Consider lubricating your rollers with a silicone spray or white lithium grease twice a year. If your rollers use unsealed ball bearings apply the lubrication directly on the bearings. If your rollers need replacing, contact a professional at Door Pros to ensure proper installation.

3. Poor Lubrication

Squeaking, grinding, clinking, and rattling indicate an improperly lubricated garage door. To prevent rust and corrosion, ensure that all parts are adequately lubricated.


  • Inadequate lubrication frequency
  • Incomplete lubrication coverage
  • Using a low-quality lubricant


Lubricate your door every six months with a silicone spray or white lithium grease. Vacuum and wipe down the tracks for a clean surface, which will help the lubricant spread evenly. Lubricate:

  • Rollers and hinges
  • Springs and bearing plates
  • The armbar and top rail
  • The door’s lock

4. Off-Balance Door

An off-balance door can cause scraping, banging, or popping sounds. It can also have an uneven appearance, close after being manually opened, not open at all, or have a slow response time.


  • Loose or aging springs
  • Belt drive or chain drive issues
  • Added weight to the door after installation
  • Impact


Test your door by cutting the power supply, lifting the door, and slowly releasing it. If your door slips or slams shut, contact a professional. A snapped extension or torsion spring can cause serious injury, so rely on a professional like Door Pros for spring replacement or another type of door repair.

5. Opener

A failing garage door opener can make straining, grinding, or buzzing sounds, indicating that its motor is dying.


  • Overheating motor
  • Old motor


Consider upgrading to a newer model with remote operation, keypads, backup batteries, and extra security features. Precision Overhead Garage Door Service offers several garage door opener options for a long-lasting and safe experience.

If you’re experiencing garage door issues, rely on Door Pros for same-day, reliable service.