Fix Your Misaligned Door Track
You count on your garage door to open at the touch of a button without a problem. With proper maintenance and care, you’re less likely to wake up to a malfunctioning door. Part of garage door care involves keeping your track correctly aligned.
Is Your Garage Door Misaligned?
The tracks of your garage door are the two metal structures on either side of the door from the floor to the ceiling. The first sign that your garage door is improperly aligned is an unusual noise or erratic movement. Loose or damaged hardware or force can cause the garage door to become misaligned. Without swift repair, extensive damages or injuries can occur.
How to Correct a Misaligned Door Track
If you’re comfortable working on your door, you can fix some door track problems on your own. Make sure the garage door is on track. Do not repair an off-track door without professional assistance.
For a binding garage door:
- If the door still moves and is secured on the track, loosen the screws that hold the track to the frame with a screwdriver. This will allow the track to loosen.
- Gently use a rubber mallet to tap the bottom of the track so that it’s vertical. A spirit level can help you confirm that the track is back into vertical alignment.
- Once you’ve confirmed that the track is in proper alignment, tighten the screws to ensure that the track is no longer loose and cannot move.
- The opposite track will need to be adjusted similarly.
For a gapping or rubbing door:
- If your door is gapping or rubbing, loosen the top rack from the lower rack.
- Move the piece until there’s only ¼ inch gap or less between the molding and door.
- Tighten the track, ensuring it’s properly in place.
For an off-balance door:
- Check the cable, spring, and track quality.
- Inspect each part to ensure there is no damage. There should be no broken or warped pieces.
- A professional garage door repair company should handle any wear and tear. Repair beyond a misaligned track can be dangerous as the door is heavy, and the tension can be hazardous.
If you need help with the tracks on the garage door in your home in Indiana, be sure to give our team a call and schedule a free appointment!