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DIY Troubleshooting a Garage Door That Doesn’t Open Properly

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  • 28 Oct 2016
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Neighborhood Garage Door Services of Houston, Texas is an industry leader when it comes to door repairs, installations and maintenance needs. We offer outstanding customer service, employ certified technicians and travel the surrounding areas of Houston with ease.

Not only do we make repairs but we share tips and techniques to help our customers maintain their garage doors in good working condition. Occasionally, homeowners begin to hear strange noises or notice that their garage door doesn’t open properly.

We want to equip our customers with ways to properly maintain their garage door. In fact, there are quite a few ways you can DIY and troubleshoot your door if it won’t open properly. Hardware will wear out over time and there are some ways that will help you to determine what the problem is if your door is functioning poorly.

The following are some of the reasons your door may have an issue:

Door not closing tightly

If your garage door won’t close tightly, then you may have a cable issue. There are two lifting cables and if not in proper adjustment within the drum the door may not close well on both sides.

This may not be a situation you can handle on your own and our company is available to service your door. The hardware system that includes the spring, tube, drum cable and bottom bracket are all connected and work together under high tension. Contact us so that we can help be sure that further damage doesn’t occur.

Exterior Drain

If your door won’t open and close smoothly, it may be because of your exterior drain. The goal here is to check that the drain line is in proper condition. Then figure out if the door is not leveled because of the drain. Double check that you have the best materials in place and that they will allow for weather variations, including freezing temps.

Defective Rollers

garage door that doesn't open properly can result from garage door rollers

Rollers should roll on the track and not slide about. They receive support from hinges and all these components must work together seamlessly. Check your rollers to see if they are worn out at the edges which can make them come out of the rail. If the rollers aren’t doing their job, then you’ll have a struggling door on your hands.

Moving Rails

Your garage has two horizontal rails and at times one or both will begin to move too much. They have bolts that are fastened to the tracks and when they get loose they begin to malfunction. This is an easy fix that can be done at home. Simply tighten the bolts and this will stop those rails from moving around.

Door Opener Issues

Garage door openers are convenient. That is until they don’t get your door completely shut. You should be able to find the closing and opening functions on the side of your equipment.

Your opener may need an adjustment and using a screwdriver will help you make the necessary tweaks. Repeat the process and turn the screw just a quarter turn again to be sure that it is properly adjusted.

When your garage door doesn’t open properly, then you are going to have some potentially frustrating situations. Look at the hardware, listen for noises and try and troubleshoot based on these suggestions. Most homeowners would prefer to DIY troubleshoot issues initially.  However, if you find that you are not able to correct the problem then give our team a call.

Neighborhood Garage Door Services of Houston, Texas is available 24/7 to assist our customers.  We are equipped to handle any door regardless of make or model. Don’t hesitate to give us a call should you ever need our assistance.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
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