DIY Garage Door Repair Tips

If your garage door doesn’t work, you would want to fix it.

You don’t want to always wait for the service technician to come home and diagnose the problem, especially if it’s something you could fix yourself.

We’ve compiled a list of our most important DIY garage door repair tips so you can avoid additional service charges.

Examine the Tracks 

Check the garage metal rails and brackets that secure the rails to the walls. If loose, secure the bolts or screws of the brackets.

Check for dents, bruises or flat spots with the garage door closed. If places are broken, knock them out with a rubber hammer or hammer and wooden block. If the rails are severely damaged, repair them.

Check the Alignment 

Check the paths with a level to make sure they are properly aligned.

Horizontal rails should be slightly inclined back towards the garage. In the case of roller blinds, the vertical sections should be exactly vertical. Both tracks must be at the same height on the garage walls.

If the rails are not properly aligned, do not unscrew or remove the screws fastening the brackets.

Carefully knock the rails into place. Check the rails again to make sure they are in the correct position, and then tighten the screws or bolts in the mounting brackets.

Clean the Rails and Repair Loose Equipment 

Clean the rails with a highly concentrated cleaning agent to remove hardened grease and dirt. Wash the rollers thoroughly and dry all rails and rollers.

Check loose equipment and tighten if needed. For swing doors, check the plates to which the spring is attached to ensure that any loose screws are tightened.

Check the hinges holding the door parts for roller blinds, lock all loose screws and replace damaged hinges. Sloping on one side of the door can be overcome by adjusting the hinges.

If the wood has cracks, cut the hinge and fill the cracks and holes with a wooden spatula. Wait to dry the filler and add the hinge. Slide the hinge on solid wood if necessary.

Check the Sensors

Safety beam sensors are an important safety feature, especially if you have pets or small children. So, it is important you keep them clean so they can function properly.

If you find that your garage door cannot be closed or only closes partially, check the sensors to make sure they are clean. If the lights on the sensor boxes flash, the door does not operate.

If the sensors don’t light at all, a lot more may need to be replaced. Cable connections are another common problem. If you have such problems, checking these cables often alerts you to what the cause is.

Note: If only one torsion spring is in the center of the frame, do not try to repair it. Tension is so high that spring will harm you.

For doors with this type of spring, contact a garage door installation in Boise. Sometimes the garage door problem is caused by the opener.

Change the Garage Door Remote Control Batteries

All garage door remote controls have batteries that need to be replaced once a year for maximum performance.

This is often enough and everything works smoothly. However, if replacing the battery does not solve the problem, check that the remote control is clean.

The buttons on the remote control may be damaged during everyday use and are less sensitive when pressed. Of course, there are cases when the entire remote needs to be replaced. If so, do it immediately.

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