The garage door on your home is just an object and doesn't actually talk, but it can tell you something if you actually listen to it when it opens and closes. If you aren't paying close enough attention, you could be missing something and may end up with a faulty garage door that could cause extra expense to you or even injury. Read on for sounds to listen for and what your garage door may be telling you.
A door that screeches when it opens or closes could be a door that is in need of some lubrication. The door itself doesn't need lubrication, but the rails and rollers that help guide your door when it opens and closes do. Use a lubricant made for garage doors, don't attempt to spray any type of grease or oil onto these areas. Grease or oils could be sticky and will attract dirt and debris, which will cause more problems for you.
Your garage door will make a sound when it closes, but it shouldn't slam closed. Take a look at the setting for the arm of the door. You may need to make a few adjustments to ensure the door closes softly. Also look at the springs - if they are not in good shape, you may need new springs. Adjustments to the springs should be done by a professional garage door repair company. The springs can cause injury if you try to repair or replace them yourself.
If you close your door and it re-opens right away, or doesn't close all the way, it may be due to something blocking the door sensor. The sensor could be dirty, or there may be an object blocking or too close to the sensor. Clear the area to be sure there isn't anything in the way. If there isn't anything nearby, check the sensor and clean it with a clean, damp rag.
If your door isn't doing anything at all, it could be a number of different things. The door opener may have a bad battery inside. Try to change the battery in the opener and see if this works. If this doesn't work, it may be something wrong with the motor in the opener itself. If you aren't too handy with working with this type of machinery, hire a professional to help you make this repair.
Listen and pay attention to your garage door and make the necessary repairs to prevent further problems or injuries from a broken garage door. Hire a professional garage door repair company, like Plano Overhead Garage Door, for help with any repairs.