Garage Door Sounds and What They Mean

While visual inspections of your garage door can be helpful if there is a problem, listening to your garage door can also alert you to issues. The sounds your garage door make are often signs of wear and tear on the system, and if ignored, can lead to a garage door breakdown. If you have noticed your garage door is no longer quietly humming along but making new sounds, it may be time to schedule a garage door service appointment. Here are some common garage door sounds and what they mean.

Squealing or Squeaking

This is one of the most common issues for garage doors and often the easiest one to fix. Most squeaking and squealing noises mean the opening system needs lubrication. Try lubricating your system adhering to the manufacturer recommendations. If that does not stop the sound, it could be an issue with your rollers or tracks.

Grinding Noise

A grinding noise when you are opening or closing your garage door can be an issue with the crankshaft. You can try lubrication (it never hurts) but if the noise continues, you should have your system inspected by a professional.

Banging Sound

A pounding or banging sound can be caused by a few different issues. The sound is usually due to the panels of the door hitting each other or parts moving as the door opens or closes. It can be worn cables, loose bolts/screws or an issue with your spring. A thorough inspection and service or repair by a professional is your best solution.

Listen when your garage door begins to talk to you. It is one of the first signs it needs service and responding quickly can avoid more serious damage to your garage door system.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

3 Ways to Keep Garage Door Repair Cost Low

You want your garage doors to last, and you want to reduce the number of needed repairs to keep them working like it should. Repairs can add up fast, often costing more than the garage door and opener in the long run. There are ways to minimize the number of repairs you need and keep the cost of maintaining your garage door low. Here are three tips on how to lower the cost and inconvenience of garage door repairs.

  1. Start with quality. It pays to choose higher quality when purchasing your garage door and opener. While it may cost more initially, quality pays off with a longer lifespan and less likelihood of breakdown of materials if it is maintained.
  2. Keep up with maintenance. You can do some maintenance yourself, like cleaning and lubrication. Schedule a tune-up and inspection for your door and opening system once per year by a professional. Like your vehicles that use the garage, a little maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your opening system and garage doors.
  3. Fix small issues quickly. The best way to avoid big, expensive repairs is to catch them when they are small. Replacing worn, rusted or bent hardware is cheap; replacing the whole tracking system is not. Fix and repair little problems right away to avoid bigger problems down the road.

If you start with a quality garage door and opening system and keep up with little repairs and maintenance, repair costs can remain low. Plus, your investment will last longer, extending the time between garage door purchases. A little time on DIY maintenance and scheduling annual service is worth the effort to reduce repair issues and ensuring your garage doors last until you are ready to replace them.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

Avoid Costly Garage Door Repairs with These 3 Maintenance Tips

When a garage door slams down due to a broken spring or cable, it can cause expensive damage and require repair or replacement. Like most mechanical systems, garage doors and their openers need maintenance. Ignoring the needed care on your garage door system can lead to more costly garage door repairs. Here are three maintenance tips to help reduce the need for emergency repairs and save you money.

Inspect Your Garage Door Regularly

The best way to avoid an unexpected breakdown of your garage door system is preventive care. Inspecting your garage door and opener system can catch small issues before they become big problems. Inspect the tracks, rollers, garage door panels, cables and other hardware. Look for dents, rust, frayed cables or anything that might need replacement.

Keep Your Opening System Lubricated

The moving parts on your opening system need lubrication. Friction can cause wear and tear on the rollers, tracks, chains and spring. Check with your opener manufacturer care instructions for recommended lubrication.

Regular Tune-Ups

One of the best ways to avoid emergency garage door repairs and extend the life of your garage door system is with annual tune-ups. Your local garage door service company can service your opener, inspect all the hardware and your garage door. This preventive care can alert you to needed maintenance like cable, roller or springs replacement before they break and cause more expensive damage.

Preventive maintenance is one of the best ways to keep your garage door working and avoid unexpected repair calls. Schedule your next tune-up, inspection and lubrication of your opening system today with your local garage door service company.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

Quieting a Noisy Garage Door

A noisy garage door is not only irritating, but may also be a sign that your garage door needs some maintenance and adjustments.  Your best bet is to have the door serviced by a reputable garage door contractor, but in some cases you can save yourself some money by doing a little simple lubrication and seeing if that fixes the problem.

You can use almost any type of lubricant to lubricate the moving parts of the door.  A heavy spray lubricant or light oil works best.   Be sure to include the rollers, hinges, and pulleys.  You should also lightly coat the springs to keep them from sticking.  One word of caution – never try to disassemble or adjust the garage door springs.  These are under a lot of pressure and you can be seriously injured or killed if you don’t know what you are doing.  If there is a problem involving the garage door springs, call a professional garage door service technician.

Wipe off any excess lubricant and run the door up and down a few times to spread the lubricant around and see if that helps matters any.  If not, check to see if the noise is due to the door dragging or binding anywhere in the track.  If the track is out of alignment, look for loose hardware on the track or door.  If tightening up the loose hardware doesn’t help,  you should have the door adjusted by an experienced garage door technician.

Garage Door Maintenance Tips

You rely on your garage door to operate properly day in and day out.  When you push the garage door opener button, you expect the door to either open or close without any problems.  Fortunately, most garage doors will operate reliably for years with only a little bit of simple maintenance.  Here are a few tips to keep your garage door working great and avoiding costly garage door repairs.

Lubricate the hinges, rollers, and latches with a little bit of light oil.  Make sure each roller and hinge moves freely.  If any of the rollers or hinges are bound up, they should be replaced.  Tighten any loose bolts or screws.

With the door in the closed position, disconnect the garage door opener and see if the door opens easily by hand.  If not, the spring tension probably needs to be adjusted.  Misadjusted springs will cause your garage door opener to work too hard and it will wear out prematurely.  If the springs need to be adjusted, you should let a professional garage door service handle it.  The springs are under a lot of pressure and can easily cause an injury if improperly handled.

If your opener is a chain or screw type system, lubricate the chain or screw according to the manufacturers specifications.  If you no longer have the service manual, use a little light grease on the screw and light oil on the chain.  Make sure to wipe off any residue before parking your car under it.

Check the weather stripping around the door and under the bottom edge.  Replace any torn or loose weather stripping and make note of any worn areas that indicate where the door rubs against the frame.  Adjust the track as needed to eliminate any binding or rubbing.