What Are the Strange Noises Coming from My Garage Door?

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Garage doors have a way of letting us know something is wrong. A little noise may not be something urgent to worry about. But keep in mind garage doors and their components wear over time, so taking a strange noise seriously can save trouble later. You can narrow down the list of potential problems by listening to how your garage door sounds.


Loud Thumps or Clunks

Clunks, thumps, and even booms when the door opens and closes often signal a garage door opener problem. The noise may be caused by the opener struggling to lift and lower the door. Oftentimes this is due to a broken torsion spring. You can safely check the spring while the door is closed; if it has broken into two pieces, a repair technician should replace the spring to restore your garage door’s function.


Hearing a “clink, clink, clink” while your garage door is operating can mean different things. Most often, it’s from the spring coils rubbing against one another after they dry out and develop rust. This is something to look for in a cool, humid garage. A defective roller can make a clinking sound as well; if so, it is nearing the end of its life and may fall off if not repaired or replaced soon.


A squeak is a much sharper sound than a clink. The door will squeak constantly when it opens and closes, meaning its PVC components are not properly lubricated. To fix the problem, apply lubrication to the weather stripping on the exterior frame and between each garage door section.


Metallic grinding sounds often involve an electric garage door opener’s chain or belt. The grinding is often due to a loose chain/belt or one that should be adjusted by a professional. A chain or belt problem can cause the opener to work harder than normal. It can also affect the gear pinions, which may skip links as a result of the issue.

Determine the Source of the Noise

As we know, garage doors make noise for a reason. The issue might not be that serious if metal parts need to be lubricated. You can do this yourself applying a petroleum-based oil to rollers, hinges, and springs that are in working condition. Silicone-based lubricants can be used for weather stripping.

But if you notice a broken spring, it is a serious matter. Operating a garage door with a broken spring can lead to more catastrophic damage to the system, your vehicle, or belongings stored in your garage, as well as serious injuries. The springs, and the lifting mechanism, are under high tension so if a spring breaks off, pieces can be flung at high velocities. Never change a broken spring yourself. Call a garage door repair professional to address the problem with the appropriate equipment. They are experienced in these types of matters and can fix the issue quickly while avoiding serious dangers.

Call Precision Garage Door Service of Las Vegas to Address Garage Door Noise

Our commitment to provide fast and effective service in Las Vegas is backed by the expertise of a nationwide organization. We can repair any brand of garage door opener and fix broken springs, cables, and rollers or off-track doors. Live operators are available 24/7 and we guarantee 2-hour service, with no overtime charges for night or weekend service calls. We also stock high-quality parts in our trucks for when immediate replacements are needed. If your garage door is making noise, call us at 702-553-4621 today!