When you utilize the Garage Door Doctor’s 21-point maintenance inspection annually, this would likely not even come up as a question. Part of the Doctor’s maintenance inspection includes a check of your garage door chain’s tension. Garage door openers and garage door moving parts require periodic maintenance and lubrication. Regular maintenance will prevent loose parts and dry, noisy operations.
When sudden noise occurs when opening and closing your garage door, part of a visual inspection should include the garage door chain. Not all garage door openers use a chain drive; some use a belt or screw drive system.
Garage Door Chain, Belt or Screw Drive
First, disconnect the garage door opener from the garage door. Get a step ladder and visually inspect the chain; if it is sagging, you may be able to tighten it on your own using the trolley adjustment bolt. This adjustment is a do-it-yourself (DIY) project if you have the knowledge, time and tools.
Another thing to consider is the age of the drive chain. If your drive chain is less than ten years old, and in good physical condition beyond drooping, you should tighten and lubricate it or get it tightened or replaced by a professional.
When the garage door was present when you bought the house, and you do not know how long the garage door chain has been in operation or how frequently the door got used, call the Garage Door Doctor to get your system inspected.