What Your Squeaky Garage Door Might Be Trying To Say…
Whether your home is the traditional model or brand new, there will be the odd occasion when you may hear wind noise or the light scurrying of a squirrel on the roof. These noises are normal and unfortunately unavoidable.
However, there are other sounds that are not normal, instead they are indications of a problem that will eventually become worse and lead to costly repairs and become a safety hazard. And topping the list of potential safety hazards are the creaky, squeaky and plain strange garage door noises.
Firstly, we need to establish the standard garage door noises that ARE normal. Especially if you have an automatic door opener as there will be noise as the motor activates the chains to begin their lift. This noise will be of a soft-medium stirring sound.
When you hear that the noise has become louder, this is a problem. This is likely that your garage is trying to tell you that one of the following could be happening:
The garage door springs are or have started to wear out.
Springs are probably one of the most important parts of your overall garage door operation. Any screeching or cracking sound could mean that they are under some serious strain which could lead onto them snapping and breaking.
The garage door bearings need to be replaced.
Unfortunately garage door rollers are built to last but not to last forever, so overtime, they will eventually need to be replaced. The garage door rollers rely on the bearings to allow them to move in a safe and smooth manner.
The garage door needs re-balancing.
There are two main reasons as to why garage doors need balancing. The first one is so that little strain is put on the entire system so it prolongs the safe operation and working life of the garage door; the second is to prevent the garage door from falling when it’s not supposed to.
The little parts have come loose.
Your garage doors entire operation system is made up teeny weeny little parts that all work together to ensure everything runs smoothly. If you garage wasn’t installed well or if it hasn’t been well maintained, it could be possible that the screws or hinges may have become loose. Additionally, it’s possible that the chain that opens the door and ensures it closes properly needs to be lubricated and tightened.
The garage door opener needs to be replaced.
The garage door opener will eventually reach the end of its lifespan and will need to be replaced. One major clue that lets you know it needs replacing is the opening could become “noisy”.
Getting Expert Help
Attempting to spot the problem and offer a solution of a noise garage door can often feel like you’re losing a painful game of Cluedo, but the fact is that is a task that should only be undertaken by a professional. You don’t want to be making a safety hazard and endanger you and your family.
If you are hearing strange garage door noises – even if they’re not loud- you can give the garage door experts at Doormatic a call today. We will come to your door either the same day or the next working day to give your door its most needed TLC.
Give us a call today! We are here to help after all!