DIY Garage Door Inspection

Merry Christmas everybody! We hope you all are enjoying the beautiful weather as much as we are. This unnaturally sunny December makes us want to spend as much time outside as possible, and a little DIY housework could be just the excuse we need to take a quick break from all the eggnog and Christmas carols today. One easy and quick job you can do on your own is to give you garage door a check-up.

At this time of year, garage doors are prone to some mechanical difficulties due to the wild swings in temperature. Doors can stick in their tracks and cold weather can put increased pressure on torsion springs, causing them to snap. If your door has been making any strange noises or seems to be sticking as it goes up or down, it could be time to take a look at the hardware and see if anything needs fixing. Here’s what you can do:

Take a look at the door while it’s closed: does each end of the door close tightly against the ground? Or does the door seem a little lopsided? If it does, it could mean the lifting cables need to be adjusted. Make sure to call a professional for this job—this system is under a lot of tension and is very dangerous to adjust.

Check the springs: pull the emergency release cord and try opening and closing the door on your own. This should be fairly easy to do. If it seems difficult—like the door is resisting you—this could indicate a problem with your torsion springs. This is also a good time to test the balance of your door. Lower the door about halfway and see if it stays. A properly balanced door should stay without any assistance. If it falls, the springs are not under enough tension and if it bounces back up, the springs are under too much tension. DO NOT try to replace or adjust springs on your own. Always call the professionals for this job.

Check the condition of the rollers: are there any that seem damaged or broken? Do they roll on the rail or do they slide (hint: rollers should roll)? If they are damaged or not functioning properly, this is another job you want to call in the experts for.

Check the horizontal rails: this is any easy one to check. Watch the door open and close and see if they bounce too much. If they do, tighten the bolts on the metal fastener that the tracks are attached to and you’ll be good to go.

If you notice any problems with your garage door, or want a professional to come take a closer look, give the Discount Garage Door crew a call. In the greater Tulsa area—including Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Sand Springs, Bartlesville and more—you can call us at (918) 234-3667. In the Oklahoma City area, you can call us at (405) 525-3667. In Southern OKC—including Moore, Norman and more—call (405) 848-6700. In Edmond or Stillwater, call (405) 348-2000. You can also go to the “free quote” section of our website to get started on an estimate right away!