As the process goes with most mechanics, your garage door is likely to make the noise of some kind each time you open or close it. Most people get used to these noises with time and eventually stop noticing them. With that said, there are a few noises that you should never ignore when it comes to your garage. These “unusual” noises are generally indicative of an issue and should be looked into as soon as possible to avoid future headaches and costly repairs. Without maintenance and/or repair, your garage door is at risk of ceasing function completely.

Take note of the following noises to determine whether there is any cause for concern when it comes to your garage door:

Clunking
If you hear a “clunk” or “thump” when you raise, lower or adjust your garage door, it could be an indicator that the mechanic opener is struggling to function. Your opener is the small, motorized box that you will see resting above your garage opening.

Firstly, try changing the batteries. If this doesn’t work, consider scheduling a repair or replacement to fix the issue. If neither option succeeds, you may be dealing with a broken torsion spring. Unfortunately, this replacement will generally require a professional service from a technician.

Squeaking
If you notice a squeak when raising or opening your garage door, it’s possible that the weather-stripping on your exterior frame has dried out. Your weather-stripping is located between each section of your garage door panels. If this isn’t the culprit, you may have an issue with the rollers that allow the door to smoothly rotate along the tracks. Try lubricating both of these areas to see if the problem resolves itself. If not, it would be in your best interest to book a service for your door to ensure optimal functionality in the future.

Grinding
Hearing a metallic “grinding” noise of any sort is typically going to be undesirable news when it comes to the operation of your garage door.

Grinding noises will more than likely be related to the chain or belt on your door opener, and are a sure fire way to know that something isn’t quite right. Try adjusting the chain/belt if they are loose, otherwise, you may need to consider a repair or replacement to get things back to working order.

Clinking
While clinking noises are more common when it comes to garage doors, it pays to be mindful if you pick up on this sound.

More often than not, a clinking noise will occur when the springs and coils of a garage door rub together and create friction. If this isn’t the case, you may have a defective roller, which may eventually cause total malfunction if not attended to.

As you can imagine, strange noises become more likely and common in garage doors as they age with time. As parts begin to slow down and show signs of wear and tear, they must work harder to function – Which can sometimes be a noisy process.  Repairing and upgrading worn-out parts may assist things for a little while, but it’s a fair assumption that you will need a full garage door replacement in the future if you don’t properly service and maintain your mechanics.

If you notice any strange or unusual noises when operating your garage door, don’t try to fix the problem yourself. No matter the issue, it will always be in your best interest to contact an experienced technician to not only source the issue but rectify it as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about the mechanics of your garage door or would like to book in for a routine check and service, feel free to give us a call on 1300 767 900 and we will get back to you shortly.

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