Has Your Garage Door Gone Crooked? (Tips Before Your DIY Fix)
It’s aggravating, to say the least – but a crooked garage is more than just an eyesore. When your garage doesn’t sit correctly in place, delaying repairs can cause a number of other problems such as:
- Increased wear and tear on your opener
- Damage to rollers
- Kinks and Bends in tracks
If your garage door isn’t sitting straight, save the headache and contact a professional. We have the experience and knowledge to get your garage door back on the right track.
Why is Your Garage Door Crooked?
There could be many reasons your garage door has become crooked, but often these problems are caused by torsion mechanisms that are dangerous, if not handled by a professional. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common causes:
A common reason for a crooked garage door is that the torsion springs are either worn or broken. On both sides of your door, there are springs that operate within the mechanism that open and shut the door. If one or both of these springs break, your door may still operate, but it will begin to run slowly or become offset. Operating a garage door on one torsion spring can be extremely dangerous. With nothing else to hold the door in place, the entire weight of the garage door will be placed on that one spring. If it breaks, it can lead to serious injury.
Frayed or Jumped Cable
A frayed or jumped cable may also be behind your garage door malfunctioning. The cables operate in conjunction with the springs to assist in lifting and lowering the door, so a damaged cable can cause the door to become crooked or immobile. While garage door cables are designed to hold significantly more weight than is needed, depending on the age of your system, rust and wear can make your cable considerably frail. Cable repair at home is dangerous without proper equipment, so we recommend calling a professional garage door repair service.
Issues With the Rollers
Another issue you could be facing with your garage door’s alignment could be the rollers. A garage door needs rollers to run smoothly along the tracks when lowering or retracting your garage. If there’s a problem with the rollers, whether they are damaged or caught in a kink in the track, this can cause the door to become crooked or jammed.
What Else Can Cause a Garage Door to Become Crooked?
Obstructions in the Tracks
There may be an obstruction in the tracks that is causing the garage door to be crooked. The first step is to check the tracks for any debris that may be in the way.
If there are any dents or bends in the tracks, this would likely be the cause of your crooked garage door. The tracks need to be perfectly aligned in order for the garage door to open and close smoothly. If there’s any damage, this can cause the door to run off course.
Lack of Lubrication
Lack of lubrication can cause resistance in moving parts, making the door harder to open and close. This can also lead to damage of the door parts over time, so be sure to regularly lubricate your garage door tracks, springs, rollers, and cables.
All of the hardware around the garage door, including bolts and screws, may have come loose. Check to see if anything needs to be tightened or replaced.
Repairing a Crooked or Off-Balanced Garage Door
If you have a crooked or off-balanced garage door, the best way to fix it is by calling a professional. Garage doors can be very heavy and contain a lot of energy inside the torsion mechanism, while there are DIY maintenance jobs you can perform at home, there are some jobs that you should leave to trained professionals. If you don’t know what you are doing, or have the proper tools to properly address the issue, attempting to fix it at home can be dangerous.
Contact Canadoor Garage Doors
Letting a professional handle your crooked garage door is the best way to ensure it gets fixed properly and safely. If you have a crooked or unbalanced garage door contact Canadoor Garage Doors immediately. We have a team of knowledgeable specialists on staff that can quickly and efficiently repair any garage door issue. To arrange an appointment, please call us or fill out our online form.