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Garage Door Sounds | How to Fix Them

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What do the weird sounds your garage door makes mean? Are the sounds you hear normal, or cause for concern?

This post details 4 garage door sounds you most likely hear and what they mean.

 

Generally a sound you haven’t heard before means there is something wrong or not working properly.

Garage Door Sound: Motor Noise

If the motor on your garage door opener gets noisier and noisier, it usually means it’s working harder than it should. If this is the case, it will wear down quickly and you could be looking at a costly repair.

The sound of an overworked motor is kind of like a person groaning while they lift a heavy object. If your motor sounds like it’s struggling to lift something heavy…that’s because it is.

Sometimes the fix is as easy as tightening some bolts but othertimes you need a whole new system.

Garage Door Sound: Screeching

If you hear a high pitched screeching noise from your garage, it’s probably out of alignment. If you don’t adjust it, it can get even worse, so getting a tech out to service the door is a good idea.

Garage Door Sound: Train Chugging Along

If you hear a sound that is similar to a train chugging along, you need to have a professional check the rollers on your garage door track. The rollers might be worn out and need to be replaced.

We recommend you don’t attempt to replace the rollers yourself, since you can cause more damage to the door if you don’t know what you are doing.

Garage Door Sound: Loud Snapping Noise

If you hear a snapping noise from your garage, and it won’t open anymore, the torsion spring or springs snapped and are broken.

The springs on your garage do the heavy lifting when your garage door opens and closes. It essentially is what makes the door slide smoothly and slowly along the tracks instead of just opening and closing with excess force.

The reason you spring snapped can vary. It doesn’t really matter once it has happened. Just call a professional as it’s a very dangerous job to do if you don’t know what you are doing.

 

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Garage Door Spring Types

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One of the most important components of the safe operation of your garage door is your spring.

Without spring or springs working right, your garage door cannot open and close easily.

The spring acts essentially as a counterbalancing mechanism for your garage door. If your garage door system is out of balance,  generally the solution is to replace your springs.

We always recommend you have a professional garage door company evaluate your springs before doing ANYTHING. Springs help to hold the weight of your door, so trying to repair them yourself can cause injury or death!

Garage Door Spring Types

There are 2 types of garage door spring: torsion springs and extension springs. Understanding the difference between the two can help you find and select a spring system that is best for your garage door.

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs work by using torque to stabilize your garage door. Torsion springs are attached to a metal shaft at the top of your garage door.

Torsion springs are available in different types: standard, steel rolling, and one-piece curtain door.

Torsion springs are sturdier. They will generally last longer than extension spring. Of course, because of this, torsion springs are more expensive. They should last 15-20,000 cycles.

Extension Springs

Extension springs extend to close the door and “spring” back into their original form when the door opens.

Extension springs are generally mounted on the side of the garage door or on top of your garage door tracks.

Generally, residential garage doors have 2 extension springs mounted on each side. Commercial doors will have multiple springs on each side.

Extension springs are more affordable, but will only last about 10,000 cycles. To put that in years, if you open your garage door 4 times a day on average, extension springs will last about 7 years. With torsion springs, you could get 10-14 years.

Talk to a professional about which spring system will make the most sense for your garage door and garage setup. If you are in the Houston area, give Perfect Solutions a call!

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