How to Fix a Garage Door When It Becomes Detached

Chances are, your garage door is one of the mechanical objects in your home whose smooth operation you take for granted. But when your garage door rollers detach from the track, repairing the problem should become a top priority. Some fixes are easy do-it-yourself projects, while others require help from a professional. Here are the most common reasons that garage doors detach from the tracks, how to fix the problem and what you can do to prevent it from happening again.

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Loose, Misaligned or Bent Tracks

You use your garage door constantly, and it’s built to withstand a ton of traffic. But just because your garage door is a tough feature designed for heavy use doesn’t mean it’s immune to wear and tear. Look closely at your garage door tracks. Is one or both secured tightly to the wall and ceiling, or do you see loose bolts? If it’s loose, your fix may be as simple as tightening the bolts.

Make sure you use a level afterward to ensure the tracks remain aligned. Misaligned tracks that are not parallel with each other, or with the floor or the walls, require adjustment. Even a small misalignment can cause your door to shift off the tracks, so if the problem isn’t readily apparent, you can test it using a level. Returning tracks to a level position can help restore normal function to your garage doors.

If your track is bent or damaged, it may indicate a bigger problem requiring replacement or a professional repair. Our local experts may be able to fix a small dent or bend or recommend and install a new track.

Tips for Fixing a Detached Garage Door

If you attempt to fix a garage door that’s off its tracks by yourself, the following tips can help you proceed safely:

  • Disengage the automatic opener first: Pulling on the handle and rope at the top center of the track allows for manual operation. You’ll need to move the door up and down periodically to test its functionality.
  • Check the tracks for debris: Blockages can force a door off the track.
  • Secure the door so that it won’t slam shut while you’re working: A vise grip or locking pliers will work nicely.
  • If you fix the problem, ensure smooth future operation by lubricating the moving parts and tightening any loose screws, brackets or chains: You’re already working on your door, so why not perform some preventive maintenance?

How to Prevent a Detached Garage Door

Your garage door is designed to withstand constant use and requires only basic maintenance. You can prolong the life of your garage door system by keeping the sensor area clear from debris. That includes dirt and stones that can build up along with temporary blockages caused by snow and ice. Also, pay attention if your garage door makes noise during operation. A properly maintained garage door should not squeak, screech or grind. Lubricating the moving parts regularly will help ensure years of smooth use.

If you can’t fix the problem, call DistribuDoors. We can help — contact us today.

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