Troubleshooting Your Garage Door

Four Sounds You Don't Want To Hear From Your Garage Door

Your garage door is the gateway to your house...literally. It protects your belongings, provides a nice visual front to all of your guests, and it should - if it's constructed right - provide a good bit of insulation for your home. Keeping it in tip-top shape is imperative to making sure the rest of your house operates efficiently.

But like every other part of your home, every once in a while you'll need to hire a technician to perform garage door repair services. While the visual cues can be a dead giveaway (i.e. your garage door not opening or closing), you can also listen for any kind of noises that can indicate trouble is brewing. If you hear any of the below sounds coming from your garage doors, hire a repair technician as soon as possible. 


The sound of metal-on-metal scraping can mean one of a few different things: Either the rollers on your tracks have gone bald, or your chain is not on properly. Neither are particularly dangerous problems, but left untreated, they can cause major issues down the road, or even merit a full-blown replacement. If you're lucky, you should be able to just use some garage door lubricant to get those tracks and chains operating efficiently again.


If you hear a loud thump at the end of your garage door's cycle and you notice that it dropped the last few feet, chances are you have a problem with your torsion springs. This coil is wrapped up just above the garage door and helps to lower your door slowly. If it snaps, you'll want to have a professional garage door repair technician fix it; this is not something you want to try to DIY on the weekends.


Just about every garage door opener on the market these days claims to be "whisper-quiet," but some are obviously quieter than others. Still, if your garage door opener is making a loud churning noise like the motor is working too hard, it's a sign that it might about to fail completely. Have a technician check it out and make the proper repairs.


As your garage door gets older, the parts will inevitably being to fall apart and shake loose. The usual culprits for this type of sound (at least initially) are the rollers, but it may also be the garage door that is shaking loose. While you may be able to tighten these parts up with a quick twist of the screwdriver, it's usually best to have a garage door repair company look at it to see if it's not the beginning of a much bigger problem.  

For more information, reach out to a garage door repair service.