You expect some noise as your garage door raises and lowers, but as you have used your garage door, the usual sounds have probably faded into the background. A new garage door sound can be startling and even unsettling, especially if the noise doesn't have an obvious source.

In most cases, a new garage door sound indicates an issue with the door, opener or track. The type of noise can help you determine the most likely culprit and the potential extent of the problem so you can arrange the necessary garage door repair services .

In this blog, we list five abnormal garage door noises and what it may mean if you start hearing them as the door opens or closes.

1. Banging

A banging sound can be the most surprising garage door noise, especially when it occurs directly behind you or your vehicle. If your garage door closes with a loud thud, exercise caution.

Often, a door banging shut indicates that a component broke as the door was moving, so gravity pulled the door down harder than it should have. If the door closed when it shouldn't have, do not attempt to open or close the door yourself before calling a technician.

In most cases, replacing the broken component, typically a spring, should solve the problem and prevent your door from slamming shut again.

If you notice a banging noise that happens while the door moves, check for any objects that have become attached to the door or rollers that could be hitting the walls. Carefully remove the object and any fibers or debris it leaves in the garage door tracks.

2. Screeching

Many garage doors include metal components or run on metal openers. When metal parts start to rub together, they may produce a distinctly unpleasant screeching sound. This noise may happen intermittently or persist the entire time your door is opening, closing or both.

While screeching can be one of the most ear-splitting garage door noises, this sound usually results from relatively minor issues. Common causes of squealing garage doors include dirty or partially obstructed tracks.

You can perform a visual inspection of the tracks that guide your door up and down to determine if dirty tracks are the obvious cause of this sound. If you choose to try to eliminate the noise with a little tidying, brush any debris out of the track. Avoid any cleaning solvents that could corrode the track or rollers.

If a preliminary inspection doesn't bring the cause of the screeching to light, have a garage door technician take a look.

3. Popping

Popping noises most often occur while a garage door is opening rather than when it's coming down. This noise can have numerous causes, some minor but others potentially quite serious. In some cases, popping noises may occur before a garage door component breaks and bangs shut.

Pay attention to when the popping occurs. Does the noise persist until the door stops moving? Is there an accompanying noise when the door closes? A technician can use this information to eliminate some of the potential causes of the noise.

Popping sounds can occur due to worn out rollers that have flat spots, an aging garage door opener, immobile springs or damaged hinges.

4. Scraping or Grinding

Like screeching, scraping and grinding typically occurs when two garage door components that shouldn't touch start rubbing together. However, these sounds tend to have more serious underlying causes.

If your garage door starts to sound like a can opener when it moves, the cables may have sustained damage and become frayed. As a frayed cable moves, it creates more friction than an intact cable. If left unreplaced, these cables could potentially snap.

5. Squeaking

Squeaking and screeching can sound fairly similar and these abnormal noises often have similar causes. However, while screeching usually results from a blocked track, squeaking tends to result from a poorly lubricated opener system, roller or springs.

You may feel tempted to pull out your can of WD40 to deal with the annoying squeaking, but you should have a garage door technician inspect the system first. Squeaking can also result from warped components that may need replacement.

Additionally, many garage door openers require specialized lubricants and may become jammed or sticky if treated with household lubricants. Follow the recommendations of a garage door expert to reduce the risk of damage that could necessitate replacement of the entire opener rather than just a small component of it.

Whether you think you know the source of an unusual garage door sound or you can't be sure, have a professional evaluate the door to find the source. In some cases, a DIY fix like track lubrication can reduce the noise but end up covering up the primary source of the problem.

When your garage door starts banging, popping or squeaking, call Affordable Garage Door Repairs for expert assessment and services to get your door running smoothly again as soon as possible.