Garage doors are supposed to keep our families and our belongings safe, but sometimes they do they exact opposite. Just like us, they have problems of their own. Sometimes they won’t open, they’ll refuse to lock, or they will even age and warp.
Have you ever been waiting in your car, pressing your remote multiple times, just waiting for your garage door to open…but it never does? This is probably the time you wish you kept up with repairs and maintenance. It can be frustrating when things we rely on suddenly break. If you’re in a hurry to go somewhere, it’s best to call a garage door repair service. However, if you have some time on your hands (and are pretty good with your hands), you might not need to.
Let’s be honest. Garage doors live the simplest life: they go up and down, up and down – until they wear out. The best part about this is that it’s relatively easy to locate the problem and fix it! Keep in mind, garage doors are heavy. Rather than hurting yourself or harming your door even further, it is best to call the professionals.
Here are some simple repair tips you can try at home, so you won’t have to call the repairmen.
4 Things to Look For:
Metal Tracks Inside the Garage: The door rolls on metal tracks, so this would be the first place to look. Make sure that they are strongly bolted to the wall. If you notice that there is any bend, dents, or flat spots, it needs to be repaired. If there is just a little damage, grab a rubber mallet, and try to pound out the imperfections yourself. If you notice extensive damage, you might need to replace the tracks.
Track Alignment: Check to see if your tracks are correctly aligned. If they are improperly aligned, you can try to tap them back into place, but be very careful. You will need to slightly loosen the mounting brackets before starting. Be careful! It is easy to make mistakes here.
Dirty Tracks: If you’re lucky, your tracks could just be a little dirty! Clean your tracks with any cleaning spray that removes dirt and grease. You may also want to clean the rollers. Make sure you wipe everything dry before using the garage door again.
Loose Hardware: All of the hardware that keeps your garage door tight and working should be tightly bolted and screwed together. If you notice that any parts are loose, you can try to tighten it yourself.
CAUTION: If you have a door that rolls up and has a tension spring, don’t try to fix it yourself. These are under great tension and could be dangerous. Call a professional garage door repair service.
4 Tips for Repair:
If the power goes out and your garage door is closed, don’t freak out. Look for a cord hanging from the guide track (it usually has a red handle at the end). The opener uses this cord to open your garage door. Pulling the cord takes it into manual override. Once you pull the cord, the garage door will begin to open, and you can soon be on your way!
Frozen Garage Door
When the weather is cold, garage doors can stiffen and lose their power. In the past 15 years, most garage door openers have built-in pressure adjustments to raise and lower the garage door. Check and adjust these settings once a season to keep things running smoothly.
Sagging Garage Door
Older and wooden garage doors are most likely to sag over time. If you notice your garage door is beginning to sag, square them up with the tension rods located on the back of the door. Go to the turnbuckle to tighten and straighten out the door a little at a time.
Lock Your Garage Door
Most garage doors have two horizontal locks along the center of the doors. Over time, they can shift out of position, but you can realign the bars on your own. Unscrew the guide brackets on the edges of the door. Then, reposition them so that they guide the locking bars into the locking slots. Once you are finished, use machine oil to lubricate the locks.
When You Should Call the Professionals:
As heartbreaking as this may sound to any working man, you can’t fix everything. If you notice any of these problems, call a professional garage door service:
- There is a large crack in a masonry wall that is growing fast.
- A foundation wall looks like it has shifted.
- There are large patches of black mold on the wall.
- The wall is buckling.
- Bricks, mortar, or stucco crumble to dust when you touch it.
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