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Garage Door Off Track? Our DIY Home Repair Guide

If your garage door gets stuck, we bet dollars to donuts the garage door has come off track. If this is the case, it’s important to stop using the garage door immediately. If you try to force it, you can cause expensive damage to both the garage door as well as the track. Then this otherwise fairly easy and inexpensive repair can suddenly cost you hundreds of dollars. Bite the bullet and call a professional garage door service.

The good news is you might be able to repair the door yourself, if you are fairly handy with tools. It depends on how off track the door has gotten and whether or not the door or track have been severely damaged. The general rule is if you feel overwhelmed, call in a professional that does garage door repair.

So call yourself an Uber and get to work. If you don’t think you can repair the garage door yourself, call us. We offer 24/7 emergency garage door repair for the Roseville area.

Disengage the Chain

To fix a garage door off track, start by separating the automatic garage door opener from the door by pulling on the rope dangling from the chain that connects the door to the opener. Partially raise the door until one set of rollers aligns with the area that’s off track. Use a pair of locking pliers just below the bottom of the door to secure the door in that location.

Get Down to Business

Use a pair of pliers to open up the area of the track that disengaged from the garage door. Guide the rollers back into the track and squeeze the track back into place. Place a block of wood in the track to work as a buffer as you use either pliers or a nail to bend the track back into shape.

Remove the locking pliers and lower the door back to the ground. Work the door’s remote control to close the door. The release chain should automatically catch.

Work the door up and down to see if it is working properly. This way you can know if the garage door repair was done correctly. Pay attention to any rollers that are catching and straighten that area of the track. Once the door opens smoothly, congratulate yourself on a DIY repair job well done.
Keep in mind that sometimes when the garage door goes off track, the repair can be complicated and cumbersome. If this is the case, do yourself a favor and call a garage door repair professional.

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