My garage door makes clicking sounds

One client writes:
I have a problem that doesn’t happen often but it’s annoying. When the door is going up I can hear a clicking sound on the right side. I lubricated everything I could, and it helped a little, but it’s still there. This is a first for me.

Dear client:
One thing we do in garage door repair cases like this is unconnect the door from the opener and manually lift the door. With a problem like this, though we know it’s the opener. The clicking sound may be a signal something else is wrong. Clicking can be caused by a number of things

If you door works intermittently and makes a clicking sound, it is usually a failing circuit board. This is often caused by a power spike during an electrical storm.

Garage door rollers can start making noises when they get worn and lose their precision. Remember that you open your garage door between 500 and 1000 times a year, and the lifespan of a set or rollers is between 10,000 and 20,000 depending on quality.

A less common reason is the photosensor on your garage door–the things that stops the door if it’s obstructed–if it gets stuff blocking it that can cause a clicking sound.

While I’m here: If you have a roll up door, you should lubricate the rollers, hinges and tracks every six months. This is not a hard and fast rule, but one that is reliable. Some people never lube their door.