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How to Balance Your Garage Door

Performing regular maintenance on your door is very important. We recommend that you check the balance on your equipment at least once a year. Here are the instructions on how to balance your garage door.

If you didn’t know, your garage door needs to be balanced in order to function properly. It is the same principle as having your tires balanced. When one side is heavier than the other, it can throw off the function.

Determine Which Side is Off Balance

Before you work on balancing your door, you need to determine which side is off balance. Do this to check which side needs the work:

  1. Unplug the garage door opener
  2. Pull the emergency release cord to unhook the door from the opener
  3. Look at how the door hangs without the support of the opener
  4. Manually open and close your door to see how well it moves
  5. Push the door halfway open and see if it hangs in place

If you notice that the equipment is not opening and closing with ease, then you should determine which side seems to be getting stuck. Also, if your door doesn’t stay in the halfway position on its own, that is an indicator that the tension is off.

How to Adjust the Springs

In order to balance your door, you will need to adjust the springs. We recommend that if you have torsion springs, that you do not do this on your own. Torsion springs are very dangerous to work with and can cause fatalities.

However, if you have an extension spring, you should be able to do this adjustment on your own. Of course, if you have any hesitancies, be sure to contact us for assistance.

Remove Safety Cables

Take the cables off before you work on loosening the springs. Extension springs have cables as part of the assembly, so if you do not have cables, you likely do not have extension springs. Be sure to have a professional handle your torsion springs.

Take the Spring Off the Door

You will need to unhook the spring from the door once the cables are down. Then, hook the spring into the next hole. Make sure to do this on both sides. This is important to make sure that the door becomes balanced.

What If The Door is Still Out of Alignment?

If you have done everything you can to tighten up the springs evenly, but it is still not working, then give us a call. Our technicians will come out and do this maintenance call for you. It is important to balance your door.

Should you continue using the assembly when it is out of balance, you can expect other parts to wear out. We often see that the rollers become worn on one side or the other. Also, it puts extra strain on the opener.

Call us now so we can get someone out to your location. We look forward to working with you.

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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!
~Donald B.

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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!
~Tammy K.

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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.
~Joyce N

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