Some repairs on your garage can be minor, and you can quickly resolve them with the proper guidelines. However, when it comes to other forms, such as repair of springs, you risk some severe injuries, and would hence require the services of a professional. But, you can always try and resolve the small issues, and with the DIY guidelines we offer below, you will find yourself saving a lot of money. So, what are some of these repairs that you can take care of without needing the services of a professional?
How to get your garage door back on track
Sometimes, when operating a garage door, it could jump off the track, and you start having problems opening or closing it any further. This could leave your house unsecured and put your property and family in harm’s way. If it happens at night, and you have no idea who to call, what can you do to help with your situation? The solution is to get the door back in track. Within a short time and using very few tools, you can do this. First, disconnect the automatic opener from the garage door and then open the door manually. Then, using a pair of locking pliers, you will pull the outside of the track so that the wheels fit back on the tracks. Once you have then on the trails, use a rubber mallet to knock the tracks back in shape. Then, you can then open and close the door several times to confirm that the door is operating normally. Then, you can reconnect your garage door opener.
Fixing a squeaking garage door
Once you notice some weird noise coming from your garage door, then you need to take action. Since this process does not involve contact with the garage door springs, then it is safe for you to resolve. The solution to most squeaking noises is applying a lubricant, and for success, there are steps to follow: First, close the garage door to get complete access to the tracks and the chain pulling the door up. Then, once you are in enough protective wear, you can go up the ladder you placed on the floor, close to one of the two tracks on the door. Then, with the lubricant, spray on the ends on the track and chains. The most preferred lubricant is the silicone-based spray lubricant, as it does not form smudges on the garage door. Spray the rest of the groove, and once you finish, move your ladder to the other side and repeat the procedure.
How do I fix a garage door that does not close completely?
There are three leading causes for your garage door not closing all the way. First, your close limit switch could be set wrongly, which in turn causes your garage door to open but fail to close completely. The controller instructs the motor on your opener to stop running before the door closes. To resolve this problem, it will take several trials, but you need to adjust the settings on the switch, which will help you regulate how your garage door behaves.
Most garage doors have a screw feature that allows you to determine how far the garage door descends. So, it could also be a problem with the set limit, which is preventing your door from closing all the way. To resolve this, you only need to adjust the switch to the correct level. Finally, if the safety sensors near the bottom of the garage door are misaligned, then you will face some problem closing the door completely. Resolving this problem requires that you clear the line of sight of the eyes, and you will be good to go.
How to repair or replace your weatherstripping
Weatherstripping on a garage door plays an essential role in ensuring that no cold, dirt, or debris gets into your garage. However, since it is subject to constant friction and vibrations, it is bound to wear out or break. You will need the measurements on the height, length, and width of the weatherstripping before you go buying one. Then, you will need to remove the brackets holding the seals in place, remove the old material fit the new one and reinstall the brackets. The most effective way to get long-lasting results is to replace all the weatherstripping at the same time.
The tips above on repairing your garage door can go a long way in ensuring that you save money while having an efficient garage door.