A garage or overhead door that shakes and jerks when it is closed is not something you should ignore. If you do, it will eventually becomes a major problem when the door will not close completely.
What causes an overhead garage door to shake and jerk when closing?
A garage door system has two major parts. There is the door itself and the opener. Movement of the door is controlled by the lift motor and is driven by either screw actuators or a chain. It is the lift motor that pulls the door up and then lets it down so it can close. When the door is opening or closing, it runs on a set of tracks which keep the door in place.
If your garage overhead is getting jammed or shaking and jerking as it closes, the tracks should be checked. They should be inspected to ensure that they are aligned correctly on the wall.
What should you do if there is damage to the garage door?
Damage on the tracks will often be in form of bends or crimps. If the damage is not severe, you can undertake to correct the repair by using a mallet or hammer to straighten them out. If this does not stop the shaking and jerking, leave it to a professional.
What if the tracks are correctly aligned?
If the tracks are aligned properly with no bends or crimps, then the problem may be the overhead garage rollers. If they make squealing or squeaks when the door is opening or closing, they may be causing the shaking and jerking and need to be replaced. This is best left to the experts who will get the right rollers for your door and install it correctly.
Another point that should be checked is the hinges and screws. Loose or damaged ones can also cause jerking because they are unable to hold the weight of the door. If they are not changed in a timely manner, they can cause the lift motor to burn out.
Who can do garage door repairs for your home or business?
A poor repair job can leave a garage or overhead door more damaged that it was before. Willow Creek Overhead Door in Amarillo, Texas has made a name for themselves by the quality of their garage doors, friendly customer service and installation services. Call them today for a free repair estimate for your jerky garage door.
photo courtesy of Oleg Alexandrov