Before calling a professional garage door repair company, you can always try to troubleshoot and repair a garage door problem. If your garage door isn’t moving along the tracks correctly, or at all, you might be able to fix the problem yourself!
Follow the steps below to repair your garage door. You can always give us a call if you need some help!
Step 1: Inspect your tracks.
Inspecting your tracks is something you should do once a month anyway as part of good garage door maintenance practice. But if things aren’t working right, this is a good place to start. Inspect the tracks for bumps, debris, or any dents. Remove anything in the way of the tracks. You can try to adjust any of the track areas that aren’t smooth.
If you have any dents, a rubber mallet works well to pound those out. If this isn’t enough to straighten them out, you probably need new tracks and should call a professional.
Step 2: Clean your tracks.
Once you have inspected your tracks and cleared any debris and pounded out any dents, next is cleaning them. If you have a sticky residue on the tracks, this can make the opening and closing of your door hard.
The best way to clean your tracks is with a cloth and some water and mild cleaner. Make sure to dry the tracks well with a clean, dry cloth when you’re done.
Step 3: Check your alignment.
If your tracks are good, the next step is to check the alignment of your doors. Vertical tracks should be level, so grab your level and check it out!
Horizontal tracks should be slightly slanted toward the back of the garage. If your tracks aren’t level, you can use that rubber mallet to tap them back into place.
Be careful when tapping them though, so you don’t make them more un-level.
You should also check the mounting brackets and your track alignment after you adjust them. If the tracks still aren’t level, it’s probably time to contact a professional.
Step 4: Check your hardware!
Another easy fix for a broken garage door is checking the hardware: hinges, screws, and the plates where your springs are mounted. You want to make sure all the hardware is tight.
If you are adjusting the plates around the springs, make sure you are careful. If your garage door has only 1 torsion spring instead of 2, be even more careful. The tension on your garage door springs is very powerful and can cause injury if they break.
If your garage door still isn’t working correctly after these 4 steps, then it’s time to call a professional.