Your garage door is likely one of your home’s most valuable components. The garage door is key in securing your car and also serves as the largest entryway. Overtime, things can naturally break down, resulting in hiccups. While it’s easy to ignore minor issues, you should keep an eye out for any strange noises that arise when you open or close your garage door. Despite being extremely convenient, a faulty garage door can be also be dangerous if they’re not repaired soon enough. You can tell what’s wrong with your door most of the time depending on the noise it makes.
Why Is My Garage Door Rattling?
A rattling noise is hard to ignore, especially if you’re used to your garage door opening and closing smoothly. Don’t ignore the noise – it’s likely signalling a major issue that needs to be resolved in the coming days. That’s also not mention how the rattling sound is disturbing you and your neighbors.
Your door can be rattling for a variety of reasons, though it’s most likely that your overhead garage door opener’s rails or chains are loose. Other reasons include key components becoming loose over time. A quick DIY repair is tightening up any screens or bolts that seem loose. When was the last time you lubricated your garage door’s tracks? Spray garage door lubricant (not WD-4 or similar “all-purpose” lubricants) on your door’s tracks.
If tightening things down and lubricating your tracks don’t work, see if your garage door has jumped the track. If that’s the case, stop using your door immediately and contact an overhead door repair service to put it back on track.
Your Garage Door Opener Might Be Causing the Noise
One of the telltale signs that your garage door opener needs to be repaired is through the sound of rattling. Do you know what type of overhead door opener you have? If you have a chain-driven opener and you hear a rattling sound, there’s a likelihood that the chain is loose. Lubricant the chain and see if that makes a difference when opening or closing.
If that doesn’t make a difference, contact a garage door repair professional. They’ll be able to find out if the garage door opener is the culprit behind the rattling noise. If your opener is causing the issue, a professional will be able to advise you on if you need a replacement or if your existing opener can be repaired.