Common Problems with your garage door and What to do
Time tends to take a toll on mechanical systems. That is why you notice people changing the wheels on their vehicles and replacing bearings on the rims. Similarly, on a garage door, the rollers, shafts, bearings, and hinges tend to wear out with time. The tracks wear out, and bend, leading to a stuck door. The hinges become loose on the wall, making the door swing.
Consequently, the weight on the garage door opener increases, and it fails to lift the door. On the other hand, the door gets stuck on the roller tracks and produces noises when opening and closing. One sure sign of the loose hinges or imbalance on the door is the loose cables of unequal distance on both sides of the garage. So, how do you resolve these garage door problems without having to contact a professional locksmith?
Stuck garage door
To resolve any stuck garage door, you need to identify the cause to the problem, if the door fails to close due to issues with the safety sensor, then you can clean the eye and try closing the garage door. in presence of dirt or debris on the tracks, can clean the tracks and lubricate them. If you are having problems with your door because of the loose hinges, the only solution is to get a screwdriver and tighten the screws. If the cables are loose, then you can open the cable bracket and using a pair of pliers to fix the cables to equal lengths. If there is a dent on the track that is causing the rollers to get stuck, get a soft wooden material, and using a soft hammer, straighten out the path to equal levels.
Routine maintenance for your garage door
Taking care of your garage door is essential if you want it to last longer and keep operating efficiently. Most of the maintenance will prevent the door from getting stuck. However, there are some additional activities you can undertake, such as cleaning the door. If your garage door is metallic, you would need to apply a coat of paint to protect from rusting. If it’s wooden, then check for any damaged and replace the panels. For broken or damaged springs, then you can remove them and replace them with new ones. For the bearings and springs, make sure you replace both of them to avoid double work. Also, you can change the stopper bracket, alongside the weatherstripping to keep your garage in good condition.
Resolving noisy and cranky garage doors
Cranky noise often arises from the door sticking onto o the rails. This could be due to worn out parts, a sagging door, or damage on the opener assembly. To resolve the noise, apply graphite spray lubrication on the moving parts. Then, fix the track to ensure the smooth movement of the rollers. Then, fasten the hinges and balance the cable on the brackets. When you complete the process and still notice the noises, then maybe you can go deeper and inspect the brackets on the walls. Replace the old ones for new ones and, if possible, also change the weatherstripping. All these will provide smoother, quieter operation of the garage door.
What do you do when your garage door opener doesn’t respond?
Most garage door openers come with a warranty. Some of these specify that you need to have the problem to be accidental, and the opener still intact if they are to cater to any additional repair costs. So, if you have a warranty, do not try to open the opener and get a better look on the inside. Also, if you do not have experience handling electrical machines, do not attempt to open the opener. Instead, check the batteries on your remote. When that fails, then you can go ahead and check the connection of the opener to electricity.
How do you deal with a garage door that does not close all the way?
When you notice that your garage door does not close all the way, then there could be some dirt lodged at the end of your tracks. Also, the eye of the sensor that detects objects in the path of the door could be dirty. To resolve these, clean the eye, and any dirt on the tracks, then try opening or closing the door. When you take care of the rails and the sensor, then you are most likely going to get a better outcome after the service.