Have you ever been stuck inside your garage when you need to get to work or pick up your kids? If so, you probably wish you would have kept up with your garage door maintenance and repairs before you had a big problem. Having your car stuck on the wrong side of the garage door when you need to leave can be a very frustrating problem.
Proper maintenance can extend the life of your garage door, but it may not be too late to get repairs done anyway. Garage doors are fairly expensive, so it is reasonable to try to repair them before replacing them. If your door is stuck open or closed, you might have a problem. It could be with the tracks, rollers, or even you opener or remotes.
Broken Garage Doors Can Be A Hazard
You do not want your car stuck inside of your garage because the door is stuck closed. On the other hand, leaving the door open could be a safety hazard. If your garage is attached to your house, this open door could be a way for burglars to enter your home. Even if it is detached, any items you store in the garage might be vulnerable. If you begin to notice an intermittent problem, you should attend to it. These problems rarely cure themselves.
Can You Fix It Yourself?
You may want to try to fix your garage door by yourself. Here is the first thing you should know: Garage doors are very heavy. If you are not prepared to handle a heavy door, you might want to call a professional to help you. Garage door repair technicians will know how to handle a heavy garage door that has come off the tracks, and they will also come with the proper equipment.
But if you are determined to try and fix your door, here are some things to look for.
— Metal Tracks Inside The Garage: Check the metal tracks that the door rolls on. Make certain that they are well bolted to the wall. Look for bends, dents, or flat spot. If you see any damage, it will need to be fixed. You might be able to pound out the imperfections with a rubber mallet. If you see a lot of damage, you probably need to replace your tracks.
— Track Alignment: Your tracks may be improperly aligned. If they are not aligned, you might be able to carefully tap them back into the right position. You will have to carefully loosen the mounting brackets, but be careful not to loosen them too much.
— Dirty Tracks: Your tracks might just be dirty. You can clean them with any cleaning spray that removes dirt and grease. Also take care to clean the rollers. Then wipe everything dry before use.
— Lose Hardware: Make sure that all of the hardware is tightly bolted or screwed together.
Here is another caution. If you have a door that rolls up, and it has a tension spring, it is probably time to call in a professional to repair it. These are under great tension and could be dangerous.
Is The Problem With The Opener?
Sometimes your garage door opener is the only problem. It is probably easier and cheaper to repair a garage door opener than an entire garage door. If you cannot see anything wrong with the way that your door is rolling on the tracks, your next step is to find out if your opener is functioning properly.
The problem might be minor. Did you remember to replace the batteries on your remote? Try checking that first. If that does not fix the problem, you might have to replace the openers. You can find them at home improvement stores, or you can call a repair service to do the job for you.
If you do end up calling a repair service, you might ask the technician what you can do to keep your garage door functioning better in the future. When you call a service, make sure the repairmen are properly licensed and bonded. Some companies may even offer 24/7 emergency service, but expect to pay more for this convenience. If you are actually stuck inside your garage, the extra expense might be worth it!
A video demonstration on how to replace your door cables: