Is your garage door making weird noises? Does it seem to be having a difficult time opening or closing? Anything mechanical can break down for a variety of reasons, though not all of them are obvious. Fortunately, with a garage door, there are a number of somewhat common things that may be causing the issue that you're experiencing. If you take care of these common things, your garage door should work like new once again. Some of these common issues and what needs to be done to counteract them are as follows:

Squeaking/screeching: Some amount of squeaking isn't completely uncommon with garage doors. But when your garage door starts making extra loud metal-on-metal noises upon opening and/or closing, this is often due to a lack of proper lubricant. Your owner's manual should have instructions on where, how often, and what type of oil or grease to add to keep the parts running smoothly. If it doesn't have this, or if you can't find your garage door's owner's manual, you may need to hire a garage door repair professional to show you what needs to be done. A properly lubricated garage door will be much quieter than one where this task has been neglected.

Rattling: It's not uncommon for a garage door to rattle slightly while opening and closing. When you abruptly realize that this rattling is much louder or more violent than it used to be, then there is an issue. Over time, the vibrations caused by the door opening and closing can cause the screws and bolts that hold the track in place to start to work themselves loose. Even if they have only loosened slightly, this can be enough to cause a loud racket. Fortunately, this garage door repair may be completed by checking the entire track and tightening any loose connections. If you do that and still hear loud rattling, it's time to call in a professional to diagnose the issue.

Refusal to close: Every so often, a garage door will seem to be possessed and will refuse to close for no obvious reason. Modern garage doors typically have some sort of sensor to detect when there is a vehicle, a human, or an animal in the way of the door itself. This is to prevent damage or injury that might be caused by the door closing onto these things. Sometimes, this sensor can become blocked by dust or by an errant cobweb, tricking the unit into thinking that there is something in the way when there is nothing actually there. Cleaning the sensor should resolve the issue, but you may need a garage door repair technician to realign the sensor if a simple cleaning doesn't work.