Garage Door Track Adjustment
When you live in Ottawa, you get to face some lovely warm summers, but the winters can be brutal. And this kind of drop in temperature is not good for your garage doors – especially the tracks. And because of this, you end up with misaligned tracks. And when it’s winter in Ottawa, that is not a pleasant problem to have.
Common Garage Door Track Issues
Here are some of the most common issues you will face when winter comes around in Ottawa:
- Too Much Grease Can Lead to Track Misalignment
While this is a problem that can occur at any time of the year, it is more pronounced during winter. If there is too much grease on the tracks of overhead garage doors, it can lead to them getting misaligned. And if you let those tracks remain misaligned for a long time, then it could end up causing even more damage to the rest of your garage door system.
- Contraction of Metal
We know that metal contracts when it gets cold. So, when winter comes around, expect your garage door tracks to contract. This can lead to the shape of the track changing slightly – or even quite a bit – since they are made of metal. When your tracks change shape, it can lead to them getting misaligned.
To reduce the chances of this happening, we ensure that there is enough lubrication on the springs, ball bearings and screw-drives – but not on the tracks. While this step can mitigate the problem somewhat, if the warping of the metal is too much, then the only thing we can do is replace those tracks.
- Getting Bent Out of Shape
Thanks to the extreme winter temperatures, the garage door system may function sub-optimally. The door opener may not function as efficiently, the springs could weaken and even break, and so could the cables. When any of these issues occur, they directly impact the tracks and could cause them to bend.
Dangers of Trying to Repair Garage Door Tracks
There are many DIY hacks available on the internet that tell you how you can take care of garage door track repairs yourself. We, as professional garage door repair people, would strongly recommend not trying these repairs yourself – unless you have the necessary knowledge and experience doing so.
Here are some of the biggest dangers of trying to repair a garage door track on your own:
- Misdiagnosing the Problem
While on the surface, it may look like a simple track misalignment, it could be caused by something more serious. And if you don’t carry out a thorough check of the entire door system, you won’t know that. So, you might end up wasting time and money repairing what looks to be a misaligned track, but despite your best efforts, your garage door continues to give problems.
This is why you need to call professionals like us to help you fix your garage door tracks.
- Using the Wrong Parts
Each manufacturer has its own specially designed OEM parts for their garage doors. If you end up using the wrong parts to carry out a repair, you could compound the problem. We have in-depth knowledge about the kinds of parts that are needed for all types of garage doors, and we ensure that we have the stocks to carry out track repairs for any model.
- Danger of Physical Injury
Garage doors are made up of interlinked components. When you try and repair a door track, you’re also affecting the springs, cables, rollers and so on. And if you don’t understand how the garage door system works, you could end up seriously injuring yourself.
There are horror stories of how springs have come undone with massive force, or how the overhead doors have crashed down, or cables have snapped suddenly – all of which have led to grievous injuries.
Call Us for Door Track Adjustments
Instead of taking a chance, call us to take care of your track adjustment problems – especially when it’s winter in Ottawa. We will carry out a thorough diagnosis of the problem and ensure that your garage door is up and running smoothly once again.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ
How do I fix a garage door the keeps reopening?
A garage door is programmed to travel a certain distance before it closes. If it closes before that distance has been traveled, it thinks something is wrong — and it reopens to help prevent any damage or safety risk. In cases such as this, most likely your garage door settings simply need to be adjusted.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
How do you fix a stuck open garage door?
First, check the track for obstructions. The area around the tracks needs to be completely clear. Second, check the remote; it could be a simple battery issue. If you still face an issue, manually unlock and gently try to close the door. If you still can’t find the problem, try giving us a call.
Can I manually open my garage door?
If your garage door does not open smoothly after pulling the releasing the cord, this could mean the door is off of its track, or the springs are broken. In either case, you should avoid trying to force the door open; doing so will only cause more damage.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous.