Garage doors typically run on tracks while they open and close. The tracks help the door open and close, and do so with a smooth, steady motion. Your garage door won’t operate as smoothly as it should when they are hit or have become loose. When the garage door track is out of alignment there are many issues that can contribute, most commonly the garage will bind up, making the opening and closing difficult, the door is seemingly rubbing on the rubber molder, and if there is a gap that appears between the rubber molding and the door. In any case, we at AAA Action Doors would like to offer our valued customers assistance on how to realign the garage door tracks and other tips. In some cases, you may need to realign the garage door tracks and generally, you can do it yourself, however, if you are not confident in your abilities, or prefer to let a expert take care of it, technician from AAA Action Doors is happy to oblige.
How to Adjust Garage Door Tracks
When the garage door binds up, complete the following steps.
1) Loosen the screws on tracks. Using the appropriate screwdriver, loosen the screws to help bind the tracks in the garage door frame if the garage door is secured in the tracks.
2) Adjust the track position. Tap the bottom of the track so it is perfectly vertical with a rubber mallet. Use a spirit level to confirm that the track is in the vertical aligned position for maximum efficiency.
3) Tighten the track screws. Once confirmed the track is correctly aligned, ensure the track is secure by tightening the screws down.
4) Adjust the other track. After the first track is adjusted, the second track will need your attention. Follow the same steps as above for the first track to complete the adjustment for the second track.
Garage Door Track Adjustment
Below are the steps for adjusting the tracks when the garage stop rubs against the molding.
1) Loosen the bolts on the track. Using a wrench, loosen the bolts that secure every track to its lower track bracket first. It is important to ensure that all the bolts are confirmed loosened before moving onto the next step.
2) Door gap adjustment. Until you leave a gap of about ¼ inch between the stop molding and the gap, move one of the tracks either left or right. Keep in mind that the gap should be uniform and to the opposite track, be sure to confirm the gap is uniform.
3) Tighten the bolts on the track. Use the wrench to tighten bolts on the tracks. Do avoid over-tightening the bolts, but ensure they are well-tightened.
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After you have realigned the tracks, no matter which steps you took for the adjustment issue, be sure to stand clear and test the garage door by opening and closing it a few times. If the garage door continues to demonstrate issues, contact AAA Action Doors and let our certified specialists do the rest.