One way to ensure that your garage door works every time is to make sure it stays balanced. Don’t know what that means or how to check that it is balanced? We are here to help you. Here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair, we want to help you have complete confidence that every time you want to open your garage door, it works.
What Does Having a Balanced Garage Door Mean
Your garage door and opener are designed to work together to open and close smoothly every time. When working properly, the door opens and closes in a way that is quiet, level, and easy. The opener uses the track and rollers to work with the tension of the springs. This manages the weight of the door as it goes up and down.
If the door is out of balance, those components aren’t working together the way they should. It puts added strain on the opener and on the rollers and springs. If it is not corrected, it could lead to the opener breaking, the spring snapping, or the door getting stuck.
You can compare it to lifting a bucket of water. If the bucket isn’t level while it’s being lifted, the water will spill out. If the bucket is not lifted with the right amount of force, it will be dropped or dumped out.
How to Check for Balance
To check if your garage door is balanced you can call our friendly staff at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair of Kansas City. We will be able to take care of this for you. If you are more of a DIYer, you can try these simple steps from inside your garage two or three times a year:
- With the garage door closed, detach the opener from the track by pulling the release rope on most openers.
- Manually open and close the door, checking to see if it sticks or makes any strange noises. If you hear or see anything, you can apply lubricant to the rollers and open and close the door again. If it still persists, contact us or another professional to inspect your garage door system.
- Manually lift the door to the halfway point and slowly let it go. The door should stay where you let it go. If it falls or goes up, it could be out of balance, or your springs need adjusting. If the door stays in place, it is balanced and should be working properly.
What Do I Do If The Door Is Out Of Balance
If the garage door falls or goes up, it is most likely out of balance. At this point, inspecting and adjusting the springs and cables are required. Garage door springs and cables are complicated pieces that can be dangerous to mess with. The tension on the springs and cables can cause them to snap and could cause severe injury or death.
Your safety is our number one concern. We highly recommend that you contact us at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair. We would love to take care of your garage doors. If not, contact a local garage door company to come and inspect your door.