Anyone who owns a garage with a garage door opener knows how troublesome they can get after years of usage. The main causes vary from door to door, since many doors are different from one another. Some are made using different materials. Cheaper materials often cause greater wear and tear on parts. Sometimes this can be caused by things that seem simple, but self-repairs can be dangerous. Let’s explore what you can do about a noisy garage door opener.
Have you ever attempted to replace a garage door spring? They are under constant pressure and mishandling can lead to serious injury. That’s why I’ve always recommended that only pros handle things of this nature. Since garage door springs work together with a garage door opener to open and close most doors, we should always give those areas the proper attention they need.
For example, the garage door opener itself will often emit strange noises during operation. This can be caused by several factors. It does depend on the type of opener it is too. Chain driven openers often make a slapping noise and create jerky movements during operation. This is definitely a telltale sign that something is wrong, and professional service technicians should always be relied on for these situations. Quite often garage door opener repair or replacement is needed.
There are things you can do to identify these problems so that they can be serviced accordingly. This will help you get the service you need quickly. Not knowing what to look for can result in serious damage to your garage door. We’ve already covered chain drive openers, which are very common. Belt drive openers are slightly less common. You can spot problems with these by the strange sound they make or the way the garage door moves during operation. Openers of the screw drive vary, check for a scraping or friction like sound. This can mean that the threads are going bare and need to be replaced.
A pro garage door service can take care of these problems easily. Knowing how to spot problems early can save you time and money. Many other problems can cause it to seem like your opener is to blame. Damaged or worn brackets can cause noises to be emitted, leading many to believe that something is wrong with the opener. Service pros can install anti-vibration pads to stop these noises from happening.
Another thing you can check are the garage door tracks and rollers. If your rollers look wobbly during operation, they need to be replaced as soon as possible. Since many rollers have self-destructing bearings, it’s important to have them replaced regularly.
Look around hinges as well for telltale signs of wear, such as gray colored dust or metal shavings nearby. These are signs that the hinges will soon need to be replaced.
Knowing how to spot these early warning signs can go a long way towards the longevity of your garage door and its components. Now you know what to do about a noisy garage door opener.