How To Fix Simple Issues With Your Garage Door

Posted on: 13 August 2018

When your garage door starts acting up, you may be able to fix the issue on your own. Here are a few tips that will help you take care of simple issues with your garage door.

Power Outage Has You Stuck In Your Garage

If the power is out, you should still be able to get in and out of your garage. All garages, even those that rely on power to open and close, have a manual override on them. If you look at the middle of the track on your garage door, there should be a cord hanging down. Generally, this cord also has a red handle on it. This cord and red handle are designed as a manual override. To get out of your garage, pull on the manual overdrive cord, and this will allow you to open and close your garage door by manually lifting it up and down. It may take a little elbow grease to get your garage door up and down, but you can do it.

Garage Door is Frozen Up from the Cold

Your garage door should operate effectively even when it is cold outside. However, all that cold weather can cause your garage door to get a little stiff. If your garage door seems to be frozen up, the problem lies in the mechanism that is attached to central overhead unit in your garage. Oftentimes, all you need to do to get your garage door working again is to adjust the pressure for the opening and closing mechanisms. It oftentimes needs to be a little looser in the winter in order to fight back against the cold weather. Just remember to tighten it up again in the spring.

You Need to Secure Your Garage Door

If you are leaving to go out of town, and you want to make sure that no one can get into your garage door while you are away, you need to secure your garage door. Most garage doors have a lock on them, you just have to look for it.

On the bottom of your garage door, there should be two bars that run across the length of the garage door. These bars should slide over so that you can lock your garage door in place.

If your locks are not working, it is probably because the bars are out of alignment. In order realign the lock, just loosen up the guide brackets on the lock and move the bar around until it is able to match-up with the locking mechanism. Once the bar matches up, tighten up the brackets again, and you should be able to secure your garage again.

If the power goes out, your garage door gets frozen up, or the lock on your garage door doesn't work right, you may be able to fix these issues on your own. If you are not able to fix them on your own, call up a garage door service to come fix your garage door for you.