One commonly forgotten part of most homes is the garage door. You only pay attention to it when it stops working or some parts get broken. However, your door needs more than this, and that means you’ve got to check on it regularly to ensure the repairs are done on time.
There are two main components to a garage door: the opener and the door itself. Both these need to be checked frequently to see what needs to be fixed. While some repairs can only be fixed by a professional handyman, most garage door repairs can be done by a DIY method. We’ll go through some basic steps that will help you make repairs to both the door and the opener.
Whether your door rolls up in sections or swings up in one piece, it operates on spring tension. The heavy springs provide the power to move the door on the metal tracks positioned on the garage walls. Whenever the door isn’t working properly, the issue could be the springs or the metal tracks. Here are some tips to help you fix the problem with your door.
Step 1: Take a close look at the metal tracks and check on the mounting brackets holding the tracks on the walls. Are they tightly fixed? If the answer is no, take time to tighten the bolts and the screws at the brackets. Now, working from inside the garage with the door closed, closely examine the tracks for flat spots, crimps, or dents. If you come across any damaged spots, pound them out with a hammer and a block of scrap wood. However, if the damage is too much, get a replacement.
Step 2: Use a level to check whether the tracks are properly aligned. If the tracks aren’t aligned properly, loosen the bolts or the screws that hold the mounting brackets (but ensure you don’t remove them), and bring the tracks back into position. Again, use the level to ascertain that the tracks are in the right position before tightening the screws or the bolts.
Step 3: Use a concentrated household cleaner to remove dirt and hardened grease from the tracks and the rollers, and then wipe them dry. Lastly, check for any loose hardware on the door, and tighten them as required. For roller doors, ensure the screws holding the plates where the spring is mounted are tight and tighten any loose screws. For rolling doors, check the hinges holding the door sections together and tighten any loose screws. If the hinges are broken, be sure to replace them.
If you notice things like a garage door reversing before hitting the floor, the door isn’t closing completely, neither the remote or switch is operating the opener, or the garage door doesn’t close completely, there’s a problem with the opener. The following tips would be of help.
- If the problem is the remote control, try programming it or operating it at a close range.
- If the door isn’t closing or opening completely, adjust the set-limit switches to correct the problem.
- For a door that reverses immediately after touching the floor or before touching the floor, adjust the close-limit adjustment screw.
These few tips will help you fix some common garage door problems. However, if the damage is intense, always hire an expert to do the job.