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Fixing Your Garage Door Off Track

Most Common Garage Problems_2Is 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 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.

Broken Garage Opener Repair Advice

If you think you have a broken garage opener, there’re a few easy steps you can take to make sure. Rule out the simple things by replacing batteries and checking the remote and door switches. Make sure there’s no blockages and the sensors are aligned properly. Starting with the door closed, pull your emergency release cord and try to manually open and close the door. If you can, then the most likely culprit is the opener. There’s a lot of moving parts along with electricity involved with openers. We recommend letting the pro’s deal with that. Don’t risk injury to save a few bucks. Garage repair is usually very affordable.

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