Garage Door Troubleshooting And Repair Tips
An automatic garage door uses power to open and close, but if it isn't working properly, the power may not be the only problem. Your garage door has a lot of different moving parts including tracks, springs, and the opener itself. See below for repair tips to help you troubleshoot and repair the problem.
Check The Tracks
Look at the metal tracks along the wall of your garage door with the door closed. Check to be sure the bolts are all tightly in place and secure. If there are any missing, be sure to replace them. Also check to see if the tracks have any dents or crimping. If so, try your best to repair these areas using a rubber mallet, unless they are severely damaged, then the tracks should be replaced. Check that the tracks are level and at the same height. If they are not aligned properly, loosen the bolts holding the mounting brackets in place, make any necessary adjustments, and then tighten the bolts.
Clean The Tracks And Rollers
The tracks and rollers can get a buildup of dirt, grease, and grime making your garage door roll up slowly or cause it to shake. Clean up the these areas using dish soap and warm water in a bucket along with a clean cloth. Rinse the soap off using clean water, and then wipe them dry with another cloth.
Tighten Loose Screws And Bolts
Check the entire door system and every screw/bolt on it. Tighten any and all that need to be tightened, and replace any broken parts such as hinges or brackets.
Leave Springs Alone
If the problem is with the spring, leave it be and call a professional to have this repaired. The spring has a lot of tension on it and can cause you harm if you don't know exactly what you're doing and try to repair it yourself. Call a professional garage door repairman to have this portion of your door repaired.
Check The Automatic Opener
Check the power to the automatic opener. If the moving parts aren't the problem, check the automatic opener. Check that the chain is lubricated, and spray it with a garage door lubricant if necessary. You can also use this to lubricate other moving parts of your opener such as the sprocket.
Your garage door has a lot of moving parts to it, and these should all be maintained in order to keep your garage door working properly. If your door is not in good working order, try the repair tips above, or call a professional garage door repairman to have your door repaired. You can also click here for more information.