Leveling a garage door is a job that requires skill and experience. Doing this task yourself could turn a small easy fix into a complete door replacement if you’re not careful. Fixing an unlevel door will help prevent damage to your door or opener system. Leveling your garage door will ensure that your system operates smoothly and safely, so you don’t have to worry about it opening and closing when you need it to. If you need your garage door leveled, the safest option is to call a professional, but here are some tips if you want to do it yourself!
The first thing you need to do is figure out where the problem is coming from. Garage doors are made up of several different parts, all of which must be level for it to work properly. You need to check each component until you track down the culprit.
First, check the tracks for any bumps or dips, by opening and closing the door several times. By doing this, you should be able to see where it moves faster and where it’s getting caught. The tracks on your garage door system keep everything in place as it opens and closes. Leveling these individual components will solve your initial problem, but it is possible that other issues may come up later.
Before you start adjusting anything on your garage door, make sure you turn off the power at the fuse box. If your door has cable issues, consider calling a professional instead of fixing it yourself if you don’t have any prior electrical experience.
Cable issues are the most common reasons garage doors become unlevel. Overtime, they can become rusted or worn out, and should be replaced.
To fix an unlevel garage door caused by the cables, you will need to check the cable drums on each side. If your door is lower on the right hand side, start by adjusting the cable drum on the right. If it’s lower on the left, start with the left cable drum. To raise the door, you will turn the set screws on the drum until it is level. Repeat this on the opposite side.
If your garage door is still unlevel after adjusting the cable drums, you may need to adjust the tension on the springs. To do this, start by opening your door and letting it rest on something to relieve the tension, like a ladder. Next, remove it from it’s track hanger. If your door was closing too fast, move the spring higher to tighten it. If it was already too tight, move the spring down to loosen it.
This process can be dangerous for one person to do on their own with no prior experience. If you don’t have another person to help you out, consider calling a professional to adjust the springs.
Leveling garage doors is an easy process if you know what to do and have all of the right tools for the job. If you would prefer a professional level your door instead, give Integrity Overhead Door a call today! We service residential, commercial, and industrial garage doors. Call us at (806) 552-9519 or Contact Us by email to learn more about the services we have to offer.