Fix a Garage Door That’s Off Track

Your garage door is off track. What do you do?

A garage door that’s off its track is not only a nuisance but also a risk that should be fixed very quickly. The first step is to immediately stop using the door to avoid further damage to it. A garage door that is off track also leaves your home unsecured as burglars can easily gain access.

What you’ll need:

  • pliers
  • rubber mallet
  • locking pliers

How to fix an off track garage door

Step 1 – Disconnect door from opener

Reach overhead and pull the rope that links the garage door to the opener.

Step 2 – Prepare for the repair

Open the door manually and locate where the wheels have come off of the track. Use the locking pliers as a stop by snapping them on one of the tracks.

Step 3 – Put the door back on track

Using the other pliers, open the outer side of the track to create space for you to get the wheels back on their track. After getting the door on its track, use a rubber mallet to knock the open part of the track back into its original position.

Step 4 – Finish and test

Remove the locking pliers. Test whether the door is working well by raising and lowering it manually. Then, operate the door using its remote control. As the opener goes through its cycle, it should connect with the release mechanism of the door and operate it as usual.

Know when to call a pro

With the right tools, it’s easy to get your garage door back on its track. However, if you inspect the door and discover that some parts such as the door spring are faulty, you should not attempt to repair them. Defective parts should only be handled by suitably qualified technicians as they pose a serious safety hazard.

We can get you back on track!

Whether you’ve discovered damaged parts or you simply prefer a trained professional to complete this task, Garage Door Repair Roseville is here to help. We’re available 24/7 at 916-347-0211 – call any time to schedule an appointment!

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