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Tips for Fixing Your Garage Door

by Jajce d Muckic

Your garage is there to prevent trouble by keeping your vehicle safe for thieves and the elements, however, sometimes, the garage has problems of its own. Garage doors can refuse to open, refuse to lock, or warp and age. Garage door repair is something that can be extremely expensive, but there are some simple tips that will keep your garage door running smoothly. In this article, you will be able to learn those tips, as well as tips for repairing some problems that might occur. Let’s take a look at the list:

1. The Power Goes Off

The Power Goes Off Garage Door


What happens when the power to your garage is out, with the doors shut and you need to get to your car? Well, you can either call a taxi or take a bus. But, that is actually not true. You will notice a cord – that usually has a red handle – dangling down from the guide track that the opened uses to close and open the door. This is the manual override. Once you pull it, it will allow you to open the door with the power of your hands.

2. Frozen Garage Door

 Cold weather can stiffen the mechanism of your garage door opener and it can cause it to lose power. Most garage door openers made in the last 15 years have pressure adjustment for both lowering and raising the door. You should seasonally check and adjust them to keep things running smoothly.

3. Sagging Garage Door


A sagging garage door will get harder to open over time. Garage doors, especially older models are susceptible to the test of time and cables can come off Humvee drums worse pools on the top of the garage door. If your old door gets saggy, you can square them up by using winding bars so that you can put the cables back on while holding the spring tension safely.

According to the experts from DIY-Garage-Door-Parts, this is not a difficult fix but you should reference their videos for more detail to take the proper steps. You can make winding bars with 1/2″ steel that you can purchase from hardware stores or home centers.

4. Lock the Garage Door


Well, our dream car is parked inside the garage, but it is still not safe because you cannot lock it. Most doors have 2 horizontal bars that move out from the center of the door into the slots along the side of the door in the track, effectively locking it. Over some time, these bars can shift, hence, they might not align with the locking slots. To realign them, unscrew the brackets on the edges and reposition them to fit into the locking slots. You should also lubricate the mechanism with machine oil and you will be done.

5. That Annoying, Grinding Noise

Shabby parts, squeaky parts, and loose hardware are common issues, but with simple solutions. Basically, the noise coming from your garage door means that it needs to be oiled. If you notice that it has become noisy, make sure that you apply lubrication directly on the parts making noise. Also, you should screw in any loose parts to prevent them from annoying you and your neighbors.


As you can see, it is not difficult to fix some common garage door problems. However, if there is a crack in the masonry wall or if there is a gaping hole in your garage door, it might be best to call professionals that will help you fix your door.