Use these simple tricks to get your garage door back in order
- Make sure that counter-balance springs are properly attached and not broken.
- Check the mounting brackets that hold the tracks in place and tighten them if necessary. Tighten up any other loose fasteners that you notice on the garage door.
- Clean the tracks with a soft cloth and household grease remover to eliminate debris, residue and other impediments.
If you've done all the above and your garage door still doesn't work properly, the culprit is likely a faulty part.
The five garage door parts that surprisingly break down
- Counter-balance springs—To help you open the door easily, most garage doors use a counter-balance spring. Damaged or broken springs need to be replaced. Removal and replacement of springs can be dangerous because some springs are under extreme tension. Have a professional repair or replace a spring that’s under extreme tension.
- Door tracks—For a door to function properly, the door roller must follow a guided path. The vast majority of configurations include door tracks that ensure smooth and accurate movement. Tracks can get dinged up over time, such as when vehicles hit them. If the door rollers don’t move through the tracks smoothly even after you've cleaned it and removed any impediments, a track replacement may be in order.
- Door hinges—Most garage doors fold up or bend to be fully retracted and the joints that keep each section mated are normally held together by metal door hinges. Like many parts, door hinges tend to break down over time due to weather or repeated use. This problem is often easy to fix on your own, though. If a hinge is missing one or more screws, simply replace them. If the hinge appears cracked or broken, replace it with a new hinge of the same size.
- Cables—Designers of garage doors use cables to reduce the stress that springs experience, but these can suffer fatigue and wear over timer. Most often, the cables can weaken because of rubbing on pulleys or other door components. Replace any worn or damaged cables.
- Rollers—Keeping a door on its tracks is important and rollers allow it to stay in line and move efficiently. If one roller breaks, perhaps due to excessive wear, this will place additional stress on your other rollers and weaken them as well. Replace any worn or damaged rollers.
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