Garage door repair can seem overwhelming for some homeowners. However, with regular maintenance you can
extend the life of your garage door opener. Performing maintenance and simple garage door repair will help you understand more about how your garage door functions. Learning more about the system will also help you understand when a problem begins to develop. Like most home systems, it’s best to prevent the problem from occurring or to catch it in the early stages. This keeps the situation from worsening and becoming more expensive.
Many homeowners don’t realize that balancing your garage door is a simple garage door repair that you can do yourself. This ensures that your garage door will open and close correctly and efficiently. If your garage door is unbalanced then it can strain the garage door opener, becoming a safety hazard. Many do-it-yourselfers may feel comfortable handling this garage door repair themselves. However, if you have little to no experience with garage door repair then you may want to consult with a qualified technician such as those at AGS Home Services.
When preparing this specific garage door repair, you’ll need to have the proper equipment. The necessary equipment includes a stepladder, locking pliers, two winding bars, and a 3/8-inch open end wrench. As with any garage door repair, it’s a good idea to have an assistant standing by that can quickly help you if needed. You’ll want your assistant to help stabilize the stepladder while you adjust the coil spring tension as well. This will help reduce the likelihood of injury.
You’ll begin the process of balancing your garage door by closing the garage door. Use your stepladder to access the motor and unplug the power cord. Then you’ll need to pull the emergency release handle. This will disconnect the door from the opener track. After that is complete, you’ll want to manually open the garage door in increments. If the door does not stay open at each position you’ll need to follow the steps below to balance the door.
If the garage door does not stay open at each position then you’ll want to begin the garage door repair by closing the door. Use the stepladder at the front wall of the garage to reach the torsion rod and tension-spring adjuster. This is at the outer end of the spring. From there, you’ll attach the locking pliers vertically onto the torsion rod. They should be attached about 12 inches away from the adjuster. To prevent the bar from turning during balancing, place the handle of the pliers in contact with the wall or the garage door header.
Using the winding bar, place it into the lower hole on the spring adjuster. Hold the opposite end of the bar with one hand as you loosen the lock nuts on the adjuster itself with your 3/8 inch open-end wrench. The tension of the spring will push the bar against the rail across the opening. Let the bar rest in this position. You’ll then insert the end of a second winding bar into the hole, just above the first bar. Hold the outer end of the second winding bar with one hand. While you do this, you’ll also want to grip the end of the first bar to prevent it from falling out of place. You’ll then lift the end of the second bar so that it is slanted upward at approximately a 45-degree angle.
Continue to hold pressure on the end of the second winding bar as you insert the end of the first winding bar into the lowest hole on the adjuster. Then you’ll need to relax the pressure on the upper bar until the lower bar rests against the same upper rail. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to tighten the lock nuts with the wrench. Then, using the second bar to rotate the adjuster upwards, remove the lower bar.
After you’re done, try to manually raise and lower the garage door by hand again. The door should now remain open at each position. If it does not remain open, then you’ll want to repeat the balancing process. After you’ve successfully completed the garage door repair and rebalanced your garage door, you can reengage the emergency release on the track. Once that is done you can then plug in the power cord.
If, for any reason, you are not able to successfully rebalance your garage door then you may wish to reach out to a trained professional for assistance. It’s also a good idea to speak with a professional if you aren’t comfortable performing the garage door repair yourself. If you are uncomfortable, you are more likely to make a mistake or sustain an injury.