The function of an upward-operating door, also an overhead garage door, is relatively simple; the opener works itself to open and shut the door safely. Sometimes, there can be a problem with opening or shutting the overhead garage door. Usually, professional technicians use several steps and techniques for overhead door repair. These technicians know how to handle critical components of overhead garage doors to avoid serious injuries. This article discusses the most common steps a licensed garage door technician takes to repair overhead doors.
- Checking the metal tracks inside the garage for damage
The first step that a professional overhead door repair technician undertakes is to check the metal tracks for damage. These technicians tighten the bolts or screw the brackets if they are loose. The work inside the garage with the door closed to examine the tracks for dents, flat spots, or crimps. The damaged spots are repaired with a rubber mallet or hammer and a block of scrap wood. However, if metal tracks are damaged beyond repair, they must be replaced.
- Checking the metal tracks with a level for proper alignment
Next, technicians check the metal tracks with a level to know if they are appropriately aligned. Horizontal metal tracks should slant slightly down toward the garage’s back, and with overhead doors, the vertical section needs to be precisely plumb. For an overhead garage door to work fine, both these metal tracks should be at the same height on garage walls. If tracks are not aligned, technicians will loosen and retighten the screws and bolts to align them.
- Clean the metal tracks and rollers
After checking the metal tracks for damage and alignment, next professional technicians clean them with concentrated household cleaner or garage door cleaning solution to remove dirt and hardened grease. Then, they clean the tracks and rollers thoroughly, wipe them, and let them dry.
- Check for loose hardware
Lastly, the overhead door repair technician checks the plates where the spring is mounted for loose screws and tightens them. Finally, they check the hinges on overhead garage doors that hold the door’s section together, tighten loose screws, and then replace the damaged hinges.
If a screw hole is enlarged, it is replaced with a longer screw of the same diameter; a hollow fiber plug is used, dipped in the carpenter’s glue, with the new screw. And if the wood is cracked at a hinge, the damaged hinge is removed, cracks are filled, and holes are screwed with a wood filler. After some time, when the filler gets dry, the hinge is replaced by the technician.
The above listed are just a few steps that an overhead garage door repair technician might undertake to deal with the problem. Regarding garage door repairs, sometimes a simple fix can involve complex steps and techniques, or a significant problem can be an easy repair. These steps and techniques ensure the safety of garage door repair technicians and homeowners. Moreover, technicians test the door after fixing it for efficient operation.
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