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Different Garage Door Noises and What They Mean

Noises from your garage door can be both frustrating and difficult to diagnose (without a proper inspection).  Often garage doors make various noises for a long time without any major cause for concern; these noises can range from a minor annoyance to loud bangs that suggest something more serious.  Some sounds are relatively harmless – in the short term, however others can be caused by problems which can be dangerous if left alone.

Garage doors have lots of moving parts that need lubricating and maintaining to prevent them from rubbing and vibrating together.  Common problems that are inexpensive to fix.

Is your garage door noise a sign of a serious problem?

It can be hard to say but there are certain clues which can give an indication before a proper inspection takes place.

Banging Noises

  • Unbalanced doors

Popping

  • Problems with springs

Grinding

  • Insufficient lubrication
  • Loose roller/hinge

Rattling

  • Insufficient lubrication
  • Loose nuts/bolts
  • Unbalanced doors

Rubbing 

  • Bent tracks
  • Jammed tracks
  • Tight tracks

Slapping

  • Loose chain

Squealing

  • Insufficient lubrication
  • Installation problems

Vibrating

  • Loose nuts/bolts
  • Insufficient lubrication on rollers

 

Many types of sounds generated by your garage door opening and closing are down to simple problems such as a lack of lubrication or loose nuts which are simple to fix for a professional.  Keeping on top of regular maintenance can help you to prevent such issues from occurring.  If you use your garage door daily, it’s a good idea to schedule a service at least once per year to keep the door in good working order, and prevent more expensive repairs.

 

Sound proofing a garage door

Not all noises are bad, in fact a little noise can be part of normal function.  Unfortunately some garage doors make more noise than others.  In this instance you may want to look at sound insulation. Rubber buffers can be installed between the door and the tracks to ease noisy vibrations

 

For an accurate diagnosis of your garage door issue call East Coast Overhead Door: (203) 800-5606