Off track garage doors are one of the most common garage door repairs people need. A garage door is considered to be “off track” when the rollers come out of the track. This can cause the door to become jammed and inoperable.
How Do Garage Doors Get Off Track?
If you are like most of us you know mistakes happen and at the worst times too. A garage door usually comes off track one of a few ways. The good news is that if you’re careful you can avoid this pretty easily.
The easiest way you can cause your garage door to go off track is by closing on something. When your door is closing and something obstructs it’s path of travel, then this will cause your cables to get slack in them. Once the cables lose tension it is easy for the door to “jack knife” where one side is lower than the other. This will cause rollers to come out of the track.
The second most common way is when you hit your garage door with your car. Do not feel bad, you are not the only one. Just ask your friends or neighbors. When you do, I bet they have a story. Teenage drivers are also big offenders in this department. Which brings me to the obvious question.
How Do I Avoid Sending My Door Off Track?
Rule number one and most important. Only use your remote from outside the garage. That’s right, if you want to be sure to never knock your garage door off track by hitting it with your car; well then only use the wall control from inside the garage. Your garage door remote should only be used once you are outside of the garage.
Rule number 2, and you will not like this one. DO NOT store anything in the corners of your garage. The corners by the track are such a convenient place for your brooms, shovels and rakes. We know. However, when you do this it is highly likely that something will fall and become lodged in the door.
What Should I Do If My Garage Door Is Off Track?
First things first. Do not touch the button. When you try to close or open the door when it is off track it will only become worse. Second, if you can unplug the garage door opener we recommend that you do that. This is so nobody will accidentally hit the button, making things worse. After all, we are creatures of habit. Lastly, Call AllGood Garage Door Company, then relax we can get to you same day and get your door back on track.