Garage Door Track Repair Houston Tx
Your overhead garage door tracks aren't just rails that make opening and closing your garage door possible. The track is the structure that supports the garage door. For your safety Garage Door Repair (GDR), the Houston area's garage door repair/replacement company, wants you to know the indicators of garage door track issues and how to address them.
Inspecting Garage Door Tracks
Regular inspections of your garage door tracks are an essential component of garage door safety. The US Consumer Safety Commission reports that overhead doors injure an average of 30,000 Americans every year. A broken, loose, misaligned track or a door that has come off the track can result in a garage door accident.
Here is what to look for when inspecting your garage door track.
- Loose or missing screws
- Rust and excessive wear
- Loose rollers
As part of our garage door maintenance service, GDR will examine your overhead door track and correct issues before the door accidentally comes down on you or your vehicle. If needed, GDR can install a new track.
Why A Garage Door Goes Off Track
Even at a very low-speed, clipping the track with your car can send rollers off the track. Derailed rollers are a safety hazard because your overhead door isn't adequately supported.
As the name implies, lift cables aid in the opening of a garage door. When a lift cable breaks, a single track bears the whole weight of the door.
Track misalignment is usually caused by loose horizontal track bolts. Misalignment increases the risk of door roller derailment. With the rollers out-of-place, there is a greater chance of injury or damage caused by the door coming down on its own.
When their garage door derails, Houston residents need to contact GDR immediately. Any day of the week and around the clock, our licensed and insured techs respond to the calls of business and homeowners in need of overhead door repair and replacement. Once we complete the job, GDR backs the quality of our work with a warranty.
How To Get A Garage Door Back On The Track
Never try to use a garage door that has gone off the track. Bypass the garage door opener and raise the door manually. Raise the door until you can reach the dislodged roller. Use vise grips to hold the door in place.
Expand the track with a pair of pliers creating a space wide enough to reinstall the roller. Using a wood block to cushion the blows, hammer the rail back into shape with a rubber mallet. Remove the vice grips and reconnect the door opener.
Rather than taking the DIY route, let GDR rerail your overhead door. We can get your garage door working again without you risking injury or creating an extra expense for yourself. If your attempt to get your garage door back on the track goes awry, we can set things right.
When The Garage Door Chain Is Off Track
An overhead door chain that has gone off the track needs to be corrected immediately. A few factors contribute to a garage door chain off-tracking.
- Damage to the chain or track
- Loose track bolts
- Inclement weather
- Dirt accumulating on the chain
Mistakes in attempting to re-track an overhead door can damage the door itself. Putting a chain back on the track is best left to the professionals at GDR. You must call us as soon as you realize your overhead door chain is off-track. If there is damage to the door, GDR can repair or replace the door.
A garage door that goes off the track poses a risk to people and property. In the Houston area, garage door issues require the immediate attention of the overhead door experts at GDR.
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