Is your garage door making strange and funny noises whenever you open or close it, or at any time while the garage door opener is running? It is best that you find out exactly what is wrong with your overhead garage door or door opener before something really bad goes wrong with your door and someone gets hurt. So Neighborhood Garage Door Services of St. Louis, Missouri would like to inform you of a few reasons as to why your door is making noises, also a few troubleshooting ideas for you to try yourself to fix the problem.
What Exactly Is Causing That Noise?
All garage doors and openers will make some sort of a noise but there’s a huge difference between normal sounds and a sound to be concerned about. There are a number of problems that could be causing your garage door to be making strange noises. The number one most common cause of noisy overhead garage doors and openers is friction.
Garage door friction happens when the garage door openers mechanics and other parts start to become old and start losing their lubrication which causes them to then grind against each other. Bolts and screws could loosen and other parts of the door operating system could become worn out and need to be replaced therefore could also be a cause of loud noises coming from your doors operating system. Any of these causes of loud and obnoxious noises in any garage door is cause for concern, especially those doors with damage or the older ones they will need special attention and quickly as they can damage quicker.
Can I Fix The Problem Myself?
Most of the time you could more than likely just be able to simply apply some lubricant to the mechanics of the operating system, be sure to use a silicone based lubricant or one that is made for just garage doors. . .(Note: DO NOT use WD-40 as it can attract more dirt to that area and can also drip onto your car, which can damage your paint.) Once the garage door is then properly lubricated then be sure that you check all of the nuts and bolts as well and make sure that they are secure and tighten them up if needed.
When Should I Call A Professional To Fix The Noise?
Neighborhood Garage Door Services of St. Louis, Missouri wants to make sure that you are as safe as possible when it comes to your overhead garage door system or garage door opener. So if your opener is older than 1993 and starts to act up you may want to consider replacing the whole system all together, newer systems are built to a higher standard than those built before 1993. If you have any doubts about trying to fix it by yourself then it is in your best interest that you then call a professional out to help you figure out what is making those horribly loud noises coming from your garage door.