Is your garage door off track? That’s definitely an annoying problem. Fortunately, you can fix it yourself or call a professional for help. However, because your overhead door is off track, it’s important to exercise caution around it. Don’t allow small children, pets, or anyone else near the door until it’s been repaired. You also don’t want to try and “force” the door back on track or kick it, otherwise you’ll find yourself having to repair a dented garage door too. Not only does it mean your garage door won’t work until it’s fixed, but is also leaves your home unsecured. You can fix it yourself with a few tools and an afternoon, unless there’s also a problem with your garage door spring. Then you might want to call in a professional.
First Things First: Stop Using Your Garage Door
What is absolutely critical is that you stop using your garage door until it has been repaired. Don’t try to force it, even just to get your car out so you can get to work. Hopefully, this could very well be an inexpensive and simple repair. Try to force the door open or continue to use the door, and you could seriously damage the track. This easy repair then could end up costing you hundreds of dollars.
If you are absolutely stuck and can’t get the door back on track yourself, give us a call. This is the very reason we offer 24/7 emergency garage door repair service. Don’t worry. We’ll have the door fixed as soon as possible so you can get on with your life.
How Much Will It Cost to Repair a Garage Door Off Track?
The repair cost can vary depending on the type of garage door you have, but most can be put back on the track for $150 to $280. If the track has become so badly bent that the entire thing needs replaced, this can be considerably more expensive — in the hundred dollar range. Again, we caution you to stop using the door until it can be put back on its track. These kind of emergencies is why we feature 24/7 emergency garage door service.
First disconnect the garage door from the opener. Reach overhead and pull the rope to release the door. Manually open the door. Locate where the wheels have jumped the track, apply a pair of locking pliers underneath the door on one of the tracks to act as a stop. Pull the outside of the track open with another pair of pliers to put the wheels back on the track. Then knock the track back into position with a rubber mallet.
Check the overhead door by raising it manually first. Then use the remote to start working the garage door opener, which should catch and secure the door’s release mechanism again.
When to Call a Professional
If you need to repair the garage door spring, however, you’re best left calling a professional like Sac’s Garage Door Repair. We’re a local company serving the Folsom and greater Sacramento area. All our services are 100% guaranteed.