What To Do If Your Garage Door Isn't Opening Properly

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Garage doors go up and down with the press of a button (if you have an automatic opener), but that one time you press the button and it doesn't open all the way, opens up at an angle, or opens noisily, it could be a bit of a pain. See below for some helpful troubleshooting tips to repair your door and get it open properly again:

Check The Tracks

1. Tighten Screws And Make Repairs

Check that the tracks are all screwed in tightly. Tighten the metal brackets holding the tracks in place. Then inspect the tracks for any damage such as crimping, dents or other damage. If you notice damage, you can try to repair them using a rubber mallet. Pound out the dents or crimps as best you can and test your garage door. If you have too much damage to the tracks, these may need to be replaced.

2. Level The Tracks

If the tracks aren't level, you'll need to level them out. Check the horizontal portion of the track, as well as the parallel tracks. Use a level to see if they are sitting level, and if they aren't, loosen the screws holding them in place and tap them with a rubber mallet to level them, then tighten the screws again. 

3. Clean The Tracks

Use a degreasing cleaner (or a household cleaner) and a clean rag to clean the tracks. Try your best to remove as much dirt, grease, and other build-ups as possible from the tracks. Once the tracks are clean, use a clean rag to dry the tracks thoroughly. Then use a lubricant such as WD-40 to lubricate the track so the door rolls easily on the tracks.

Check The Door

Check the door itself to be sure it is secure and all hardware is tight. Tighten all hinges along the door panels on the door itself. Replace any damaged hinges or other hardware that is damaged, rusted or causing the door to sag in any areas. If you have a wood door, some of the screw holes may be worn out or enlarged. In this case, move the hinge to a more solid piece of wood and create new screw holes so the hinges are more secure.

If your garage door isn't opening up properly, check the tracks and the door itself. If there is a problem with your opener, or with your springs, you may want to leave it to the professionals. Call a garage door repair company like Callahan Door and Window for help.


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