When a garage door goes off track — it’s always at the most inconvenient time. You’re late for work or it’s late at night and all you want to do is go to bed. It’s tempting just to force it so you can deal with it at a more convenient time — but you could cause serious damage to your door as well as your track. An off track garage door is usually a fairly simple repair — but if you force it this repair can sometimes cost several hundred dollars. Stop using the door until you can get the door back on track yourself or call a professional to do the job for you.
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.
How to DIY Your Garage Door Off Track
If you notice your garage door is off track and stop using it before any serious damage occurs, you may be able to guide it back into position yourself. Pulling this off depends on the condition of your door, how badly it’s off track, and your skill and tool expertise. If the job feels beyond your ability at anytime, do yourself a favor and call a professional garage door repairman. It is possible to cause serious and expensive damage to either the door or the track if you’re not careful.
First, make sure the garage door opener is separate from the door. This can easily be done by pulling on the rope or pulley that hangs down off the connector to the opener.
Open the door high enough to reach the point where it jumped off the tracks. Secure the door in that location with a pair of clamping pliers.
Use a pair of pliers to pry open the track where the door has come off. Glide the wheels back onto the track.
Place a block of wood against the bent area of track and hammer back in place with a rubber mallet. The wooden block will act as a buffer to protect the door and the track. Remove the locking pliers. Activate the opener. As the door goes through its normal opening processes, it will automatically reconnect.
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.