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  Nov 16 2019

How to Level a Garage Door?

Garage doors are designed to be highly efficient and functional all year round; however, there are times when they need maintenance and attention from the homeowner or a qualified technician. One such instance is when the garage door becomes uneven due to the continued use or weakness of the torsion springs. The unevenness of your garage door leaves a gap at the bottom, and this defect should not be neglected by the homeowner because it lowers the energy efficiency of your home and can be a ‘loophole’ which burglars may take advantage of.

If you are a technically savvy person, then follow the procedure recommended in this article to check its balance and fix the problem fairly quickly. On the other hand, you can call a garage door repair expert from Bob's Advance Garage Doors. Our certified and insured technician will arrive at your location to work on your garage door, so it can achieve a perfect balance.

Here is the procedure on how to correct the gap using a few hand tools:

  • An adjustable wrench
  • Garage door winding bars
  • Stepladder
  • Gloves and eye protection (known to professionals as PPE)

Make Safety a Priority

The garage door is balanced with heavy torsion springs, which can cause significant injury to an individual that is not following the right safety procedures. Therefore, you need to follow these safe working principles.

  • Keep your head clear from the winding cone
  • Use the properly sized winding bars
  • Use a measuring tool
  • Wear eye protection and be very careful.

Step 1

Turn off the Power and Release the Door Emergency Latch

It is recommended that you switch off the breaker in your garage to avoid electric shock. You need to allow the door to operate manually by pooling the cord that unlatches the door from the electric opener trolley and gradually lower the door to the ground.

Step 2

Measure the Gap

To perfectly resolve this issue, you will make the right measurements from the diameters of the shaft and the drums at the sides. Then you need to ensure that the cables are in good working condition. In most instances, worn-out cables cause the unevenness of garage doors.

Step 3

Adjustments

This is one of the important steps that will help close the gap in your garage door. Make the first adjustments by making a mark on the drum on an inch or more.

Step 4

Second Adjustment (if possible)

You need to make a second adjustment if the door is not settling on a level position. To get it right, adjust one setscrew on the drum to match or line up completely with the first mark.

Step 5

Verify the Proper Operation of the Door

If you are done leveling the garage door, you need to check for the proper operation of the garage door. If the door is now even, then the job is done, or you need to review the process.

Call a Garage Door Professional

If the process is overwhelming, then you need to call for professional services. The fact is that level a garage door may be is usually stressful and sometimes dangerous for untrained individuals. 

Therefore call professionals at Bob's Advance Garage Doors to help correct the unevenness of your garage doors. We will fix the problem, and our services are affordable.

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