Did your garage door suddenly become hard to move? Is it stuck in a mid-open position? We understand the concern. You might think this is an expensive repair. The good news is that’s not likely the case. It’s actually quite fixable. Most likely, the problem is your garage door track — an overlooked garage door part that’s critical to your garage door functioning smoothly.
Understanding the Tracks to Your Garage Door
The garage door tracks provide an avenue for your door’s rollers to ride upon as the door goes up and down. It’s probably the most crucial part of your garage door but also the most overlooked. The problem most homeowners run into is that dirt and grime accumulate on the tracks. Much like branches, rocks, and debris on a train track, this dirt can get in the way of your garage door functioning smoothly. This can cause the rollers of your door to stick.
Rollers also wear down overtime — which could be the other cause of the problem. Rollers also tend to wear out quicker if the tracks are dirty.
When dirt is the cause, the solution is simple — the tracks must be cleaned out. You should also inspect the garage door rollers. If they are worn out, they’ll need to be replaced. In this case, call a professional garage door service. We provide 24/7 emergency garage door repair to the El Dorado Hills area.
In a Jam? What to Do
Garage door tracks occasionally bend or misalign. This is especially true if you drive too close to the side of the garage door and hit them. Just the slightest bump can pinch the track and cause a problem.
Usually, a pinched track can be fixed with the right tools. You may even be able to DIY this repair. If not, call us. We’d be happy to help.
In severe cases of damage or a track that is not cooperative and beyond repair, the track itself needs replaced. This can be a bit more costly but not nearly as expensive as the cost of a new door.
Either way, it’s a problem you’ll want to address immediately. Do not attempt to use the door in the meantime. You can cause serious damage to either the door or the tracks. You rely on your door for convenience or security. Give us a call. We’ll have it functioning in a flash! Let’s get your life back on track.