Garage Door Off Track Repair Richmond Hill
When a garage door comes off of its tracks, the reparation does not easily mean you can just push it back in.
The door’s track is heavy-duty and made to last, but it should not be pushed, as it can be bent.
There are many reasons why the door comes off of its tracks.
Most of the reasons are simple, but some of the outcomes can be devastating.
We generally encourage homeowners to not engage with off-track garage doors if they are not simply in need of lubrication.
Here are the general reasons why garage doors come off track.
Common Reasons for Garage Doors to Come Off Track
There are several reasons for a track to become misaligned.
It could be that something bumped into it or that the roller bearings that went off track damaged the track to become misshapen.
Loose, damaged hardware causes the panels to escape, completely dislodging itself from the track.
There will be a large gap on your door, and it will come off uneven.
If the problem with your door is it has misaligned tracks, there are several ways to repair it.
However, the decision is all up to the judgment of a professional garage door repair professional.
When forced to operate despite the problems, misaligned tracks can impose safety hazards on homeowners and other inhabitants of the house they live in.
Which is why when there are telltale signs of misaligned tracks, it is time to call for overhead door repair service instead of engaging.
Loose or Dried Up Bearings
Roller bearings tend to dry up over time.
That is because of the easy function of the roller bearings, which is to roll on its tracks.
As that happens, the roller bearings tend to dry as time goes by.
The door will produce a loud, screeching noise if the problem is loose or dried up bearings.
That is the case for loose roller bearings.
The simple function causes the roller bearings to move in two ways.
With time, the needle loosens, which causes the roller bearings to come off of its tracks.
The simple fix for dry roller bearings is to apply a silicone-based or lithium-based grease.
However, if it has already gone off of its track, then calling a professional will help.
The same is the case for loose roller bearings, which will need to be tightened.
The overhead door operates on two lift cables.
These two lift cables operate by winding around the drum near the door’s opener for the door to open.
The drum breaks, causing the cables to escape from its spool.
When that happens, the tension on the door is unequal.
The cables will then snap due to the severe tension applied.
The lift cables keep your door in its place.
If one of those lift cables snap, then part of the door becomes loose.
The loose part is pulled down, causing the track to brace for impact.
Then your door will become off-track.
The repair for the cable is to replace the cable and axle that holds it.
There are other diagnostic tests to be done to see what caused the axle to snap.
A car hitting the door is a common reason for the door to escape its track.
That is because the car’s force is a domino effect.
If you hit your garage door with a strong impact, then it can first start to the door coming off of its track.
Then the force leads to the roller bearings to escape its track.
It can even cause the cables to snap if the impact was too strong for the door to bear.
If that is the case, then do not open the door and call for service.
Many of the problems cited above are preventable.
By doing basic maintenance per month and tune-ups quarterly, garage door lives can be prolonged.
We specialize in off track overhead repairs.
Our professionals do diagnostics and reparations for every issue on garage doors, including those stated above.
If you find yourselves facing these kinds of problems and are within the area, give us a call.
Common garage door repair related FAQ
How long does it take to replace a garage door?
Roughly 3 to 4 hours, if done properly.
How often should my a garage door be serviced?
Your garage door is a large piece of moving equipment made up of many parts. Some families use their garage door more than their front door. We recommend having your garage door and operator serviced every year in order to ensure a properly working door and operator. The noises your door or operator makes are your initial “warning signs” that something is not quite right. The longer you put off the necessary service, the more damage may result.
How long do garage door springs usually last?
The most common torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 cycles (one opening and one closing is a cycle.)
What is the life span of a garage door opener?
The average life span of a door opener can vary from 10 to 20 years depending on the model and usage.