4 Garage Door Troubleshooting Tips

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4 Garage Door Troubleshooting Tips

3 September 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


Although many times there is good reason to call in a professional when it comes to problems with your garage door, this is not always the case. There are plenty of times when you can troubleshoot a garage door on your own, and often times fix the problem yourself, before calling in a pro. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about a few of those moments.

Check Tracks for Dents

Garage door tracks that are in perfect shape makes it so your garage door will easily alone the tracks, ensuring it opens and closes effortlessly. However, there might be times when manually opening your garage door feels a bit "clunky" or when you use the automatic garage door opener, the garage door might make a few loud pops and look like it is violently shaking.

This is most likely due to the presence of dents in your tracks that make your garage door's sliding process awkward and uneven. Although it is not recommended that you fix this problem by yourself, you can streamline the process of fixing the tracks by letting a professional know exactly what the issue is.

Check Track Alignment

Your garage door has a number of rollers that slide into your garage door's tracks, which run along either side of the doors and then follow upwards onto the ceiling. These rollers can occasionally become loose or misaligned on the tracks.

You can easily check to see if this is the issue by making sure that the electronic component of the garage door is not activated (for safety's sake) and simply feeling and looking at the rollers. Make sure that they are adequately lined up and actually placed on the tracks; if they are not, this can cause your garage door to be unable to move upwards or downwards. You can try to fix the tracks yourself if you are feeling adventurous, but if the task seems too daunting you can call in a pro for help. 

Check Tracks For Proper Lubrication

Like any system that requires some form of simple machinery to properly operate, your garage door requires lubricant. Especially since you are using a machine that requires rollers set upon a track to lift a garage door upward using pulleys, lubricant becomes a must.

A lack of lubricant causes your garage door will lift itself upwards slowly, raggedly, and loudly. Jerky movements can be very bad for both the rollers and the tracks, causing damage that could have easily been avoided. Tracks that are not properly lubricated can cause the garage door to jam or can cause the rollers to separate from the tracks. It is recommended that you apply lubricant to the tracks and the rollers at least once every two months in order to maximize efficient garage door use.

Check for Loose Connections

Loose connections in your garage door refers to the electrical components of your garage door. The electrical components are integral to your garage's ability to open and close. There should be a large black metal box on top of the rollers where all of the opener's wires are present. Make sure that they are all properly connected.

There should be a schematic present in your instruction manual. If you see any loose connections and have proper soldering knowledge, it is recommended that you fix the problem yourself, since it is a quite easy fix. You can easily solder the connections back together, as long as you can detect where they have become loose.

Use these tips to check the situation and make minor repairs. Visit resources like http://www.allieddoor.com/ for further assistance or suggestions.