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Garage Door Problems: 5 DIY Home Repairs


4 Reasons Why Professional Garage Door Repair is BetterDoes your garage door not open or close properly? Does it grind, rumble or make lots of noise? In most cases, the repair is quite simple and may even be something you can do yourself. It’s time to take a closer look at your hardware to see what’s going on. The more you put it off, what might only be a slight inconvenience now could keep you from getting out the door one morning. As a rule, it’s always easier and cheaper to fix minor garage door problems before they completely stop the door from functioning.

When Your Door Bottom Doesn’t Close Tightly on Either Side

If your door bottom isn’t closing tight enough on one side, there’s a good chance the two lifting cables are not properly adjusted. You might also have a screw loose on one of your drums. Whatever the cause, do not try to fix this problem yourself. Anything cable or drum related is not a DIY garage door repair. These cables are under incredible tension and can cause serious bodily injury if suddenly released. Contact a professional garage door repair service today.

Your Rollers are Broken or Worn

If the rollers on your garage door are worn or breaking, they’ll need to be replaced. Remember it is important for them to be able to roll on the track, not slide.

Also, take a look at the brackets on the door. Are they screwed in tight? If not, you might want to go over them with a screwdriver and tighten them down.

A word of warning: If the rollers or the brackets are on the bottom end of the door, don’t attempt to repair them yourself. This area is under extremely high tension. Any repairs near the bottom of the door is best left to a professional garage door service.

The Door Doesn’t Close Completely with the Opener

If the opener doesn’t close your garage door completely, you may need to adjust its settings. Check the adjustment settings on the monitor box. You’ll see up and down arrows. Using a flat head screwdriver, turn the screw one quarter of a turn. Test the opener and see if it is repaired. Continue as necessary.

The Horizontal Rail Moves

If one of your horizontal rails moves too much, you’ll need to tighten the bolts on the metal fastener. Check both rails. When one starts to go, the other is not too far behind.

Check Your Drain

If you’ve got a drain by your garage door, check to make sure it is clear and in good condition. Look at the materials of the drain to be sure they are in good repair and of a proper material to be able to withstand temperature changes.

Simple Approaches to Garage Door Opener Repair

Repairing the motor to your garage door opener does not mean you need to completely disassemble it. In fact, many times all it takes are a few key tweaks and adjustments externally. First check the remote and the keypad. Make sure the opener itself has electricity. In fact, 9 times out of 10 an opener problem is really just an electrical problem. And even if the power isn’t connected, disconnect it and plug it in again. Like computers, unplugging and restarting the opener might just do the trick. It’s also worth checking the alignment of your electric eyes. These are the two eyes at the bottom of the door that transmit a laser signal. The eyes stop the door from closing if the path is disrupted, say by a running child or pet or something in the way like a bike, mower or car.