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Garage Door Off Track? Two Common Causes

When a garage door goes off track, it can be extremely dangerous. Your garage door probably weighs at least 100 pounds and poses great risk to kids and pets. What’s more, by continuing to use your garage door when it has gone off its tracks, you can cause serious damage to your components as well as the door itself.

Here are two of the most common reasons your garage door’s off track.

You’ve Hit Your Door with Your Car

One of the most common reasons a door comes off its tracks is you hit it with your car pulling out of the garage. This damages not only the door itself, but also the components of the door, especially the tracks. If a couple of rollers come off the tracks, the garage door can hang precariously from its cables.

Misaligned Tracks

If the tracks aren’t aligned properly or your tracks have bent, the door will probably come off its tracks. Some tracks are simply too cheap or flimsy to support the weight of a heavy door. They can also come out of alignment when bracket that holds the horizontal tracks become loose and wobble as the door opens and closes.

What to Do If You Have a Broken Garage Door

If your garage door breaks, you have two choices: fix it yourself or call a garage door repair professional. Some garage door repairs are easy and can be looked up online. If the garage door comes off the track a little, you may be able to realign it yourself, for example. Garage door bottom seals are also a fairly easy DIY repair job. Anything to do with the springs, however, should be left to a professional. These springs are under an incredible amount of tension and can cause serious injury if they suddenly snap. A good rule of thumb is if there’s any repair you’re not confident doing, don’t attempt it. You could damage the door, injure yourself, or injure other people of the door isn’t repaired properly.