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How to Level a Crooked Garage Door

Over time, your garage door will need repairs. Simply operating your equipment can cause it to wear out, break, or for things to come out of alignment. One of the things our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair of San Jose does is level crooked garage doors. It is important your door is level when you operate it, otherwise, it can cause damage to the whole assembly.

If your door is out of whack, then take these steps to level it.

Tighten the Cables

One of the reasons that your door may be unlevel is on account of the cable length. One may be a bit longer than the other, causing the door to let in light at the top or bottom.

Adjust the cables a little at a time and then test the door to see if it is correct. In order to do that, you will need to follow these steps:

Pull The Emergency Release Cable

Before working on your door, pull the emergency release cable. This is a cable that hangs from the tracks and releases the trolley from the door. The trolley is what pulls and pushes your door when the motor operates. Releasing that cable allows you to open the door.

Raise the Door to Release the Tension

In order to release the tension on your garage door, you will need to open the door and close it again. This will break the wound up tension on the door. You may need someone to help you open the door because you won’t have the assistance of the tension after that. Garage doors can weigh around 150 pounds.

Attach C-Clamps

Once the door is free moving, brace it with c-clamps so that it does not move while you are working on it. You’ll place a clamp on either side of the door under the roller that is near the bottom.

Also, it is very important to understand that the springs and cables are under tension and can be very dangerous. If you are not experienced with this type of repair, we hope you’ll call us so we can send one of our experts out to you.

Take Off The Cable

You should see the cable attached to the top of the garage door frame. It should be tight as a guitar string, but if it is not, then you need to tighten it up.  Use pliers to loosen the cable brackets to pull the extra cable through. Once you have tightened it up as much as you need to, tighten the brackets back up.

Check The Door

Once you have completed these steps, check your door to see if it is level. If it is not, then you need to tighten the side that is still showing light at the top of the door.

Call Our Team to Level Your Garage Door

If your door isn’t level and you need us to come out and make the adjustment for you, do not hesitate to call. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door of San Jose is ready to help you any time of the night or day. We’ll take your call and schedule you with an appointment that works for you.

Get in touch with us now so we can work on your door. We look forward to hearing from 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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