A loud squealing or grinding noise coming from your garage door as it opens and closes can be an awful sound. In general, this usually means something on your system needs to be lubricated to fix the problem. You might also have issues with your door not closing all the way or starting to close and then changing direction. The photo-eyes can be the problem, as they are a safety feature that must be perfectly lined up in order for your door to close all the way. Your door might be sealed when it is in the closed position, or you could notice that the door touches the ground and then opens an inch or two and stays there.
Noises When Your Opener Is Running
Your garage door wheels may need to be lubricated, or you could have a wheel that needs to be replaced. If your opener has a chain, this may need lubrication as well. Check your tracks to see if anything is in the way. Yard debris can get into your tracks, causing a squealing noise as your door runs along the tracks.
When Your Door Doesn't Close Tightly
Your door should seal when it closes, but this can be a problem for some doors. If you notice that your door no longer seals when it is closed all the way, you can use a bit of weatherstripping material to fix the problem. If you can't get the door to seal, call for residential garage door repair services to do this for you so you can protect your home from the elements.
Your Door Changes Direction
If you are shutting your garage door and it changes direction, check the photo-eyes to make sure they are lined up. Your photo-eyes are a safety feature that stops your garage door from shutting down on anything that could be in the way. If a leaf covers one of your photo-eyes, your door won't shut all the way. Your door can reverse direction if there is something in one of the tracks preventing further movement as well. Pay attention to your tracks, and make sure both of your photo-eyes are cleaned and lined up.
New noises with your automatic garage door system can signal a problem. If you aren't sure how to lubricate your system, call for garage door repair services. When you are not able to figure out what is going on, get the help you need to keep your door working well.