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Our Solution to a Crooked Garage Door

in Garage Door Safety by elkgrovegaragedoorco

A crooked garage door is something that nobody wants to have occur to their investment. Not only is it embarrassing, but a crooked garage door can be a security issue. You might as well leave up a sign saying, “Thieves, rob this house, please!” as the door won’t close properly, allowing unauthorized access.

Why Your Garage Door is Crooked

There are several reasons why your garage door may be crooked. The garage door may not be lubricated properly, which can cause some of the moving parts to seize up. It could be that there are broken springs that need to be replaced — which can cause your garage door to become unbalanced and uneven. Sometimes a garage door will become crooked simply due to the cold weather.

How to Fix a Crooked Garage Door

First, you need to identify the crooked spot. Move the door up and down until you find the spot where it stays suspended when you let go. If it’s more than 4 feet but less than 3, you’ve got an unbalanced garage door — most likely due to a faulty spring.

Prop the door open with a ladder. Work to adjust the springs, moving the spring to the next highest hole on the bracket. If it’s closing too quickly, then move it to the next lower hole.

You’ll want to do the same to the springs on the other side of the garage door.

Finally, check to see if the garage door opens and closes evenly. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to do further adjustments to the springs.  If it is a particularly cold day and your garage door parts seem to be in working condition, they may need to be warmed up.

When Should You Call a Professional Garage Door Service?

We celebrate the DIY work ethic — if you know what you’re doing. Thanks to the Internet, there are thousands of videos and blogs giving great advice on DIY garage door repair. Many repairs you can fix yourself — oiling your garage door, straightening the track, replacing the garage door bottom seal. At the same time, it’s important to know when you’re over your head. Garage doors are extremely complex mechanical devices weighing hundreds of pounds. For your own safety, it’s important to know when it’s time to call a professional garage door repair service and not attempt to repair the door yourself. Garage door springs, for example, are extremely dangerous and require the expertise of a professional.