It’s common for garage doors to need regular maintenance, but even with a consistent maintenance schedule, the hardware on the garage door can become loose or begin to wear out. Usually you will know the hardware is damaged or loose, because the garage door will shudder in its track, or it may even get stuck halfway up (a stuck garage door is also a symptom for other door problems). Think of it as a garage door tune-up, and here are a few ways to do it.
First, with the garage door in the closed position (if someone might accidentally turn on the garage door while you are working on it, it may be wise to disconnect the garage door opener) tighten down all of the hardware. Usually the hardware that causes the most trouble will be near the track, where the continual jarring of the door moving up and down may loosen it. A socket set and a wrench should be the right tools for the job. However, be sure, when you are tightening down the hardware, that you don’t over tighten any of the screws or bolts, because this could strip the threads.
If the door is especially noisy near the track, it may be time to replace the rollers and the hinges. For most people this will be a job for professionals, and the garage door technicians at Bailey Garage Door can certainly handle this job. If you choose to do this yourself, you can contact Bailey Garage Doors for the necessary hardware for the job. Use caution if you are replacing the rollers, and only replace one roller at a time. If your door has tension springs at the header, a job like this can be dangerous, and you should refer to a professional to do the job. Mishandling tension springs could cost you serious injury.
Garage Doors like the kind found at Bailey’s can last for years if kept up with regular maintenance. If you think that your garage door is having problems, and you have been unable to diagnose the problem yourself, call Bailey Garage Doors, and rely on the experience of their garage door technicians.