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.