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Common Garage Door Noises Every Homeowner Should Know

June 13th, 2018 | Posted in Garage Doors

Leaving for work one morning, you notice your garage door making a strange new noise — maybe a grinding sound or squeaks as it opens or closes.  Your garage door may still open and close as needed, but many homeowners make the mistake of not asking what unfamiliar sounds could indicate. Eventually, your garage door may not operate when you need it to — prompting costly and inconvenient emergency garage door repair.

Common Garage Door Noises

Most homeowners use their garage doors more often than their front doors, so noting unusual sounds is crucial to ensure you’re never stranded inside or outside of your home. Having a garage door that reliably and predictably opens and closes as needed means many homeowners ignore unusual garage door noise. To know if your garage door needs repair, listen for these common garage door noises and note their causes:

  • Clink: Springs/Coils rubbing together — often caused by rust buildup
  • Rumble: Loosened spring/coil tension
  • Tick: Worn pulleys or bearings
  • Bang: Defective garage door panels or misaligned tracks
  • Grind: Worn rollers
  • Squeal: Garage door out of balance


Garage Door Opener Sounds

If you know that your garage door is not the source of the strange sounds, maybe your garage door opener is the cause of the extra racket. Some common causes of a garage door opener making sounds include if the machine is older than 7 years or chain-operated. Common garage door opener sounds include:

  • Rattling: Support rails or loose chain
  • Grinding: Poor lubrication of moving parts
  • Straining: Defective motor or inadequate power/horsepower

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Are Garage Door Noises Serious?

Regardless of what type of noise your garage door is making, you should have a garage door professional inspect your system. Some issues like poor lubrication are slightly less serious than a broken spring coil. If you suspect something is wrong with your garage door, you should call the professionals at Broten Garage Door Sales. The weight and degree of tension in the springs and cables can pose a safety hazard for those inexperienced with garage door repair.

How to Reduce Garage Door Noise

To reduce or prevent unwanted garage door noise, trust a professional to perform annual garage door maintenance. With regular maintenance, you can reduce premature wear and prolong the lifespan of your garage door and opener. When one of our garage door repair technicians inspects your system, we’ll check your garage door panels, hardware, tracks, rollers, springs and cables — lubricating and testing all moving parts, ensuring everything is working properly and calibrated correctly. As needed, we’ll recommend any necessary repairs so your system never fails.

Rely on Broten Garage Door Sales for Your Noisy Garage Door Repair

For the most inclusive, reliable and friendly garage door installation and maintenance services in South Florida, call the experts at Broten Garage Door. As the Leading South Florida garage door servicing company, operating throughout the area since 1955, we understand the unique needs of homeowners throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Our company goal is to always provide the best-quality services, so in addition to regular service we offer free estimates or door replacements and emergency 24-hour services for all of our customers.

Set up your garage door maintenance today by calling us at 954-946-5555 or scheduling an appointment with our online form.

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