What is that I’m hearing??

January 2, 2020

Some garage doors run quietly while others are quite noisy. All of them may make a variety of sounds, from humming to clicking. Recognizing what is causing the noise may not seem important until it gets loud or you realize you haven’t heard it before.

Here’s a guide to what those noises may be and when it’s time to call a professional.

  • Steady grinding during operation – The door opener chain needs adjusting; call a professional to loosen or tighten it.

  • Squeaking when the door opens and closes – The weather stripping around the door edges and between the sections needs lubrication; use a silicone-based lubricant for best results.

  • Popping when the door opens and closes – This may also be caused by dry weather stripping, but it also could indicate a broken torsion spring. Contact a professional if you have lubricated the weather stripping and you still hear popping.

  • Clinking during operation – This may be because the spring coils are rusted and need and oil lubricant to prevent rubbing. However, it may also be caused by a defective roller, which should be replaced by a professional ASAP.

  • Thumping when the door opens and closes – Usually this indicates a broken spring, which means a single garage door won’t open and a double garage door poses a hazard when it does. Call a professional for this job. Any loud thumping during operation means there is a serious problem with your garage door or opening system.

Scheduling an annual check-up can prevent many of the problems people face with garage doors, especially in the winter when extreme cold and damp conditions can cause rusting and freezing. Keeping a lubricant handy is helpful for those minor problems. Remember, for metal parts use a petroleum-based oil and for PVC parts use a silicone-based product.

Never try to adjust your garage door or repair or replace parts on your own, as they are under extreme tension and can cause serious injury if not handled properly. Contact the professionals at Above & Beyond Door Systems when you need repairs to your garage door or door opening system.

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