Garage Door Repair: How to Stop Screeching and Grinding Noises

A garage door (commonly called an overhead door) is one of the best things you can have in your home. They are extremely convenient and they can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Many people are unaware, however, that their garage door needs regular service, much like their automobile. Read more about Pembroke Pines garage doors

In this article, I will discuss one of my most common service calls, which is complaints of loud, grinding and scraping noises coming from their garage door. This is usually caused by old, worn out doors that have not received the proper maintenance over the years. The cause of these types of noises are varied, but here are the main reasons these sounds could be occurring:

rust may have formed in the metal hinges of the garage door
your overhead door bolts and nuts have worn out and need replaced
extreme temperatures may have warped the door and affected the hinge functioning or placement
the screw in your screw drive type door has not been sprayed (oiled)
the garage door has not been properly maintained or serviced on a regular basis
In some cases, the use of a good silicone spray on springs, hinges and tracks can quiet a noisy overhead door. But this will largely depend on what type of door you have in your home. If this has not been done on a regular basis, serious damage may have been caused, requiring additional service. It’s always important that if you are not sure exactly what type of garage door you have, you should immediately contact a professional so that the damage does not become worse and more costly to you. Never let grinding and screeching noise go on too long before you contact an overhead door professional in your area. The fact is, most garage door service needs can amount to minor repairs over placement, if attended to in time.

Before hiring a garage door service, there are a few things you should consider.

make sure the door repair company is experienced in all types of overhead doors
make sure the company you hire is experienced with the causes and repairs associated with grinding and screeching noises.
Make sure the company you call is licensed to conduct business in your area. There are a lot of “fly by night” companies that do not have proper licenses. Always beware and insist on obtaining business license information.
Be sure the garage door company can finish the repairs the same day service is started. I have heard horror stories of overhead door companies starting jobs and never returning to finish them.
Be sure to check prices and understand the services fees up front. Most reputable companies will provide free estimates and free service calls with repair work.