If you notice your door is a little off-centered you’ll definitely need to investigate further to determine the cause. It is not normal for the door to be crooked and attempting to operate the door in this condition can end up causing damage, or even worse, potential injuries. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair compiled some information to help you determine the issue and how to resolve it.
What Can Cause a Garage Door to Become Crooked?
There are many reasons why your garage door is crooked. One of the most popular reasons could be due to a broken or bent spring. Another common reason could be that a cable has fallen off the drum. When either of these issues occurs, the weight of the door can shift causing the door to be off-balance and fall on one side, causing the door to be crooked.
How Can I Correct These Issues?
If a broken spring is the culprit you will need to get the spring replaced as quickly as possible. Spring repair is not the easiest of repairs but can be done with the correct knowledge. It’s wise to call in a professional to ensure the repair is done properly. Garage door springs are not a “one spring fits all” type of repair. Springs are made to withstand certain amounts of weight and there are also various types, which is why you need to contact someone who is familiar with this type of repair. Some garage doors have a single torsion spring that sits horizontally above the center of the garage door, while other garage doors require extension springs that are on either side of the door and are attached to a cable and pulley. Springs can also be left-wound or right-wound so you’ll also need to consider that when replacing a broken spring.
The purpose of the spring is to help balance the load of the garage door. Garage doors can weigh close to 150lbs and once a spring snaps the door can come crashing down causing damage or serious injury. If you’re not confident in replacing your spring then let one of our technicians take over and complete the repair. Not only will you end up with a new spring, but you’ll also have peace of mind.
If the cable is responsible for the crooked door then you will need to get ahold of a few tools to help correct this issue. A cable puller will help to get the cable that is off the drum fed back into the groove. Another tool, commonly referred to as a “come along” tool will also need to be used. This tool helps create slack in the cable that has tension and ultimately tighten up the cables on both sides.
We Look Forward to Hearing from You
Repairing a crooked door is not the simplest of tasks. Let our professional team help you and get your door back on track. The technicians here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair are highly-skilled and assess the situation quickly in order to determine the cause of the issue. We look forward to working with you and fulfilling all of your garage door needs. Please call our office for more information.