How to Reduce Screw Drive Garage Door Opener Noise
The screw drive garage door opener is quickly gaining popularity among homeowners because of the much smoother operation than a chain drive opener. This is because of the way that this type of garage door opener is manufactured. Using a simple threaded rod, from which the lifting mechanism travels, there are very few moving parts. This directly transfers to the way that the garage door opens and closes along the smooth grooves of the threaded rod. One of the known, common problems with this type of garage door opener is that they do make noise during its operation. Here are some ways to keep the noise down on your screw drive garage door opener.
Step 1: Keep Rod Oiled
Some of the noise that is common with a screw drive garage door opener is through the threaded rod. When it turns, and the raising mechanism travels the length of the rod, it can squeak if there is little lubrication on the threads. Apply a small amount of WD-40, or some machine oil, onto the threads and raise and lower the door a few times to spread it along its length. This will remove any squeaking sounds make by metal on metal contact.
Step 2: Use Polymer Coated Rails
There are some garage door opener manufacturers that use polymer coated rails to help with the metal on metal contact that can make a lot of noise as the door moves. This coating suppresses the noise, while also giving the door a much smoother traverse. Replace your current rails with the polymer rails and you will see a big difference in the overall noise.
Step 3: Insulate Motor
There are several different companies that manufacturer acoustic tiles that will deaden the noise that comes from the garage door opener. These tiles will wrap around the power head. This will help to keep the noise to a minimum as the motor works to turn the threaded rod without losing access to the overhead light.
Step 4: Grease Door Wheels
Some of the noise that is incorporated with the garage door opener is from the actual wheels of the garage door. These wheels, after several uses, will begin to get clogged with dirt, dust, and other grime. As it moves up the railing, they can chatter, clang and squeak. Clean out around the wheels with a rag and then apply a light coat of grease to the wheels themselves.
Step 5: Alignment Adjustments
There are times, through vibrations when being used, that the threaded rod can become out of adjustment. When this happens it will cause the motor to work harder to move the lifting arm, as well as bind up the arm causing it to squeak. Readjust the threaded rod, adjust the hanging brackets, or tighten up any loose bolts that are contributing to this problem.
Step 6: Install Grease Kit
There are grease kits that are available from some manufacturers that mount onto the actual garage door opener that automatically keep the screw drive lubricated. These kits are moderately priced and easy to install.