Garage doors have two basic components: the door and the opener. When something goes wrong with either part, it can affect the operation of the door. These malfunctions can often be repaired without having to replace expensive parts. Anytime your door starts behaving less-than-optimally, you can go through a maintenance checklist. This checklist will tell you if you need to bring in a professional to handle the problem.
What Is The One Thing My Garage Door Needs In Order To Work Properly?
Answer: spring tension. It doesn't matter if your garage door lifts up in sections or swings up in one solid piece; even unplugging the opener and lifting it manually requires spring tension. The door moves on a track and the heavy-duty springs provide the power and weight distribution it takes to lift the door. The first place to look for signs of a problem is the track the door slides on.
Common track issues include loose mounting brackets and dents, crimps, or flat spots on the track itself. Simply tightening the bracket screws will restore some functionality. Additionally, if you are good with a rubber mallet or hammer, you can pound these flaws out by hand. However, a badly damaged track will have to be professionally replaced.
Should The Tracks Slant At All?
This question brings us to the next item on the checklist: alignment. Horizontal tracks should slant slightly toward the back of the garage, while vertical tracks should be perfectly straight -- or plumb. No matter what, the tracks should always be the same height. Use a level to check the alignment of the tracks. If they are out of alignment, loosen, but do not remove the screws in the brackets. Gently tap the tracks back into place and check your work with a level. When you have achieved the right alignment, tighten the screws in the brackets.
What’s The Best Cleaner To Use On Dirty Garage Door Tracks?
According to our checklist, the best cleaner is one of the simplest. A concentrated household cleaner will remove dirt, buildup, and hardened grease. Make sure to thoroughly dry the tracks once they've been cleaned.
What Does It Mean If One Side Of The Door Is Sagging?
It means that it’s time for the last step on our checklist: a tightening tuneup. Tighten the aforementioned bracket screws, but for roll-up doors, also check the hinges. Tighten the loose ones and replace the damaged ones. Doors with a single tension spring should always be professionally serviced, so you avoid injury; don't try self-repairs.
Based in Amarillo, Texas, Willow Creek Overhead Door serves the Texas Panhandle, including Hereford. If you can’t seem to fix your door on your own, contact one of our technicians.