You just had a long stressful day at work, all you want to do is pull into your garage and get into the house to decompress, however as you turn the corner to your house you notice, your garage door has come off its tracks. As you place your hands over your head out of frustration you ask yourself WHY!? Don’t become upset, garage door alignment is more common than you think, the fix usually isn’t too complicated and it is cost-effective. Just follow Pacific Experts Garage Door’s 3 step guideline, so you can handle the repair.
1. Don’t touch your garage opener, under any circumstances, do not attempt to raise your garage door.
2. Try and relax and stay calm, it’s not as bad as you may think.
3. Give Pacific Experts Garage Door a call so we can get your garage taken care of. Most of the repairs can be minor and fixed quickly with the help of a professional garage door technician.
Garage Door Rollers and Tracks
All garages are equipped with rollers and tracks, the rollers are small circular dials linked to the garage door frame. When the garage door is active, the rollers move along the side tracks, in order to have the garage door move up and down in a smooth process. The rollers stay aligned, which runs alongside the opposite side of the garage door.
How Tracks and Rollers Become Unaligned
There are several reasons why garage door rollers can break off from the track. The first thing you want to do is identify the reason for a garage door unalignment. Once you discover the reason the tracks and rollers are unaligned, you can start the steps to see whether or not you can safely repair it yourself or have a trained garage technician come out to repair it.
The Collection of Dirt
One of the most common reasons for tracks to become unaligned is the buildup of excess debris and dirt caught in the track and rollers. When these components are not properly maintained and lubricated, they are susceptible to getting caught in the pileup of dirt collected. Large amounts of debris can cause rollers to be jammed or wedged in between the dirt preventing a smooth garage movement.
Weakened Loose Tracks
When the garage door is going up and down, the stability of the tracks can become weakened and loose over time. As the tracks become loose, the parallel tracks can cause the rollers to come out of their position, like a loose socket.
Dented or Damaged Tracks
Sometimes the tracks on the side of the garage doors can become dented or damaged from impact from cars, items in the garage leaning against the tracks, or uneven pressure from damaged rollers. When a track is damaged it can, on occasion be a simple easy fix. If it is just slightly dented, a hammer can be used to pop the track back into place so the rollers can continue to glide smoothly down the path.
If the damage to the tracks seems more severe and a hammer won’t seem to put the track back into place, the best idea is then to contact a garage door technician to properly fix your tracks and rollers. It is important not to raise the garage door manually or automatically when it’s not properly aligned.Contact Pacific Experts