Having a garage door out of order can cause a lot of inconvenience. From the mundane to the more serious, getting your door back on track as soon as possible is essential. Getting an expert opinion will always be your best bet, but with that in mind, some additional simple steps may help you get to the bottom. Here are some easy tips on how to get your garage door back on track.
How to get your garage door back on track
Check the door itself
Make sure that it has not been bent or damaged in any way. It may be where your problem lies. And if this is the case, you will need to take it to a garage door specialist for expert advice and attention. If not, read on.
Check the rails
surrounding the garage door. Check to see if they are straight and intact – use your tape measure if you can’t tell by eye. If they are bent or broken in any way, you may need an expert’s opinion on how best to fix them up again.
Check the springs
Springs can be a huge culprit of garage door malfunctions and must be checked regularly. They are made with spiral steel and build tension as they are stretched out. The pressure is released when you press a button or pull on a handle. The release of the tension springs the door back up into place. It can get wear and tear over time, causing cracks or breaks that may cause your door to malfunction.
Inspect your tracks
While there’s much debate on whether or not you should lubricate your tracks, it’s worth giving it a shot if you have the correct type of lubricant at home already lying around (WD-40, for instance). If not, you can buy or have professional garage door technicians do it for you. Take a damp rag and wipe down the tracks (clean out any debris that may be there). The trails are the only thing holding your door up – they’re the link between you and your garage door. If the tracks are damaged or worn, the tension will not be released properly, causing your doors not to open properly.
Check your sensors
Sensors on garage doors are designed to stop the door from closing when anything is in its way. Unfortunately, these sensors can be susceptible, and even a slight amount of excess grease can set them off, causing the door to malfunction. Take a damp cloth to clean off the sensors and ensure any extra oil or grease does not cover them. If they are, you’ll need to clean them up using an oily rag or WD-40.
There’s no one thing to rule them all regarding garage door malfunctions. Calling a garage door service is the perfect solution. They will quickly and affordably resolve any issue you may have with your door. That’s why getting an expert’s opinion will always be the best way out of any problem.