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

Who Should You Call When You Need a Garage Door Repair?

When your garage door is not working right, or not working at all, and you are not a DIY homeowner, you may wonder who to call. Should you call your cousin Bob that is handy with home repairs or a garage door professional? While some garage door repairs can be done by a DIY expert, some should be left to a qualified garage door repair service. It all depends on the issue and what needs to be repaired or replaced.

DIY Fixes

Items that do not require removal of major components can often be DIY fixes. Replacing weather stripping, tightening bolts, lubricating the system, adjusting the door sensors and other light maintenance issues can be completed by you or a trusted DIY expert. However, when it comes to removing essential parts, you may want to invest in a professional repair.

When to Call a Garage Door Pro

If you or your DIY friend have troubleshooted the problem and it is likely a major component, you should call a garage door pro. Replacing items like cables, rollers, springs, crankshafts and entire doors can be dangerous and require special equipment and training. Choose a garage door company that is licensed, insured and has an excellent reputation for experience and quality in your area. It is worth spending a little extra to protect your home and yourself from damage or injury from a garage door DIY repair gone wrong.

Regular inspections and service on your garage door can help identify issues before they become big problems. Schedule annual garage door tune-ups to keep up with maintenance and reduce the need for emergency repairs.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019

Silencing a Noisy Garage Door

If the sound of your garage door opening or closing grinds on your last nerve, there are options to keep that door quiet. Noisy garage doors are common; many chain-driven openers can be loud and there is hardware that can cause grinding, squeaking and other noises. But, there are ways to quiet down your garage door and making it open and close smoothly.

Lubricate Your Opener

Your opening system needs lubrication to prevent friction. A poorly lubricated opener will wear out quicker and tends to be noisier. Check the manual from your opener manufacturer for lubrication instructions. Also, check to make sure that all the nuts and bolts are tight to prevent movement, squeaking and rattling.

Check Your Rollers

Inspect your rollers on your opening system. If they look rusty or worn, it may be best to replace them. This can help quiet the system and help it move more smoothly to put less stress on your opener.

Is Your How Old Is Your Spring?

Torsion springs that are noisy may be getting ready to break. Most springs last about 10,000 cycles, which can mean about 5-10 years, depending on how often you use your garage door. Replacing springs before they break can prevent accidents and inconvenience, plus make your garage door quieter.

Change Your Opener to a Belt System

If it is not your door, but your opening system, that is too loud for your taste, consider switching to a newer belt system. These openers can be almost silent, which many people prefer over the louder chain-driven systems.

Maintenance is key to keeping your garage door quiet. Make sure to schedule routine tune-ups, inspections and service for your garage door through your local garage door repair and maintenance service.

Posted on behalf of:
Habpro The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019