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How Do I Adjust The Top Fixture On My Garage Door?

Even adjusting the smallest part on your door can help it work correctly. There is a top fixture on your door that is very important to the garage door assembly. The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair knows all about adjusting these parts on your door.

What Is The Purpose of The Top Fixture?

When the door opens and closes it slides up and down along a track. The rollers attach to the door and the top fixtures help it help it slide along the track.

There is an important seal around the frame of your door. Along and around the frame, there are headers and jambs to keep the door in place. Over time, the top fixture can move and leave large gaps that prevent the door from working correctly.

Do I Need to Adjust It?

There is a top fixture and a bottom fixture on your door. In between these fixtures, you’ll notice the hinges. They connect other parts of your door so everything works together. If a hinge is out of place, the other parts can’t work together. As the door closes, the tracks hug the jamb to close any gaps.

You should have a gap between the door and the jamb. First, check and make sure there are even gaps between the hinges and top fixtures. Here is how you can do that.

  • Measure the gaps between the door and the jamb using a tape measure. You can measure from the jamb to the outside of the door or from the jamb to the inside of the door.
  • Once you have the measurement, subtract ¼ inch from your measurement if you can.

Adjusting the Top Fixture Section

In order to close the gap, start by adjusting the top fixture section on top of the door frame. You’ll need a ladder and a tool to loosen and tighten the nuts.  

  • Locate the roller carrier.
  • Loosen the nuts from the fixture and secure the fixture to the roller carrier. The roller carrier will move back and forth to let you make adjustments.
  • Pull out the roller and push the door forward until you get the gap you need. Tighten the bolts when you’re finished.

Before you use the opener, try opening the door manually to make sure the door doesn’t bang into the opener.

What Happens If I Adjust The Wrong Way?

If you adjust the top fixture and the top bangs into the opener, you can make a few new adjustments to fix the problem. You can loosen the top fixture again and move it closer to the next hinge. This will allow you to adjust the roller carrier too.

Once the roller carrier is lower, the door won’t bang into the opener. Sometimes this causes the door to move too close to the cable drums. This leaves very little header room for the door to move. If this happens, you can always call your local experts to help you make adjustments to your door.

The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair hopes this information has helped you with adjusting the top fixtures on your door.

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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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