Garage Door Service Adjustment

Posted by admin - October 11, 2010 - Broken Spring, Garage Door, Garage Door Denver, Garage Door Service - No Comments
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Is your garage door out of whack, not balanced correctly, or just not working properly?

Chances are it needs to be adjusted. Adjusting your garage door requires the right tools, patience, and a good dose of common sense.

The garage door is weighs in at over 300 pounds, and with a system of pulleys, springs, and cables, the amateur can easily hurt him or herself.

So before you get started with your home garage door repair, first take stock and see if you have these tools:

  1. Tape Measure
  2. Screw drivers (both manual and power)
  3. The garage door opener remote control
  4. Pencil & Paper
  5. Level
  6. 2×4
  7. Ladder
  8. Safety Glasses

The most important on this list is safety glasses. The last thing you need is for a screw under tension to be released and hit you in the eye.

Now that you have your tools, the first thing you want to do is take a look at the door and see if it is balanced properly.

To do this, disable the automatic garage door opener by pulling on the red emergency release cord dangling from the opener.

This will disengage the device so you can now manually open the door. Now lift the door up halfway, making sure your feet and any objects are clear from the bottom of the door, and let it go. If the door falls to the ground or even starts to creep down, your door is out of balance and you just figured out the problem.

If the door is out of balance, take the level and determine which side is off balance. If the door is higher on the left hand side, this means that the springs, cables, and rollers on the right hand side should be examined for problems. Stand inside the garage and close the door.

Use the ladder to look at the springs and see if they are bent or lose like an over stretched rubber band. Also look for signs of rust or damage. For springs, you will want to call someone for garage door repair in Denver or wherever you are.

Why? Because springs are the most dangerous part of the door, and unless you have experience working on them, you can seriously injure or kill yourself.

Take pride in the fact that you identified the problem, but do not try to be a hero and replace them yourself.

Assuming the problem is not with the springs you should next look at the screws, pulleys and braces and look for similar problems as you were with the springs. Rust, fraying, damage, are all going to cause problems with the door functioning. If screws or brackets appear lose tighten them (just be sure you don’t loosen them!). Once tightened up use the opener remote to see if this fixed the problem.

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