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Why Does My Garage Door Make a Grinding Noise?

Overhead Door Company garage door technician inspecting large white garage door on brick home.Having a garage for your car and extra storage is a notable benefit of owning a home, but it’s no fun when the garage door malfunctions.

Several common garage door problems may lead to noisy operation. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you fix garage door grinding noises.

NOTE: If your garage door is difficult to move, opens very fast or has derailed rollers, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. When you notice any of these issues, you could be seriously injured if you try to repair it without proper training and experience.

For your safety, leave the repairs to a qualified garage door technician at Overhead Door Company of Muncie.

Step 1: Tighten the Bolts & Screws

A noisy garage door could be caused by rattling track supports. Check all track bolts and lag screws, and tighten any loose ones you find with a wrench and socket set. If any bolts and screws are missing, replace them.

It’s important to take safety precautions before you start this repair. First, disconnect the garage door opener to ensure no one opens it while you’re working. Then, get a friend or family member to spot you while working on a ladder.

NOTE:  Do not adjust, repair or remove the torsion or extension springs or any parts to which the springs are connected. High spring tension could cause injury or death if it comes loose. Adjustments to the springs or counterbalance system should be left to a qualified garage door technician.

Step 2: Lubricate or Replace the Rollers, Springs & Hinges

Depending on where the grinding sound is coming from, the rollers, springs or hinges could be to blame. Regularly lubricate all moving parts of your garage door with synthetic lubricant to reduce grinding noises.

Even if your garage door quiets down, reapply lubrication every one to two months as part of your garage door maintenance.

Disconnect the garage door opener before you start working, and wear gloves to protect your hands from the lubricant. Also, be careful not to overlubricate, since the grease could drip onto the door surface and make it appear grimy.

Note: Don’t lubricate nylon or plastic garage door components, as petroleum degrades these materials. If greasing up your garage door doesn’t eliminate the grinding noise, you may need to have the rollers, springs and/or hinges replaced by a professional.

Step 3: Repair or Replace a Noisy Garage Door Opener

If the garage door isn’t the problem, the garage door opener might be the source of the grinding noise. Check to see if the chain or belt drive has come loose, which can cause jerky movements and noisy operation.

If the door won’t lift, chances are the main drive gear has burned out, and the garage door opener needs to be replaced. In either case, the repair or replacement is something only a trained garage door operator should do.

Contact Us Today for Garage Door Repair in Muncie, IN

It’s often possible to troubleshoot garage door grinding noises, and hopefully you found this guide useful. However, if tightening, lubricating and other simple repairs don’t do the trick, you may need help from a professional.

Choose Overhead Door Company of Muncie for garage door repair, and one of our specialists will come out and assess the problem. We can diagnose the cause of grinding noises and perform a quick, reliable and affordable repair.

We offer free estimates and 24/7 service for emergencies, so if your garage door stops working, you can rest assured that you’ll never be locked out or trapped inside for long.

Call 765-587-1444 or contact us online to schedule garage door repair in Muncie today.

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