Garage doors typically open and close by rolling up and down on two tracks that run from the floor to the ceiling on either side of your doorway. These tracks and rollers are designed to help the garage door operate smoothly. But, when they get jarred or become loose, your garage door won’t open and close the way it should. Poor garage door alignment can result in:
A garage door that binds and is hard to open and close
A door that rubs against the rubber molding
A garage door gap between the door and the rubber molding
A garage door that has a gap at the bottom
If you realize any of the above problems or notice an issue with your garage door track alignment, you may be able to remedy the problem yourself. In most cases, you will need to realign both tracks. Keep reading for simple, step-by-step instructions on adjusting your garage door track.
Adjust the Tracks for a Binding or Sticking Garage Door
If your garage door binds when closing or opening, it may be a simple matter of adjusting the vertical alignment of your track. Here’s how to do it:
Step One: Loosen the Track Screws
Loosen the screws that attach the track to your garage wall using a screwdriver. Give the track just enough play to slide from side to side.
Step Two: Adjust the Track Position
Using a rubber mallet, tap the bottom of the track so it is perfectly vertical. To check your work, use a spirit level to confirm that the track is indeed back in vertical alignment.
Step Three: Tighten the Track Screws
After confirming that the track is in the correct alignment, tighten the screws so that the track remains in its new position.
Step Four: Adjust the Other Track
After adjusting the first track, you’ll have to adjust the track on the opposite side as well. Repeat the steps above using a screwdriver, level and a rubber mallet to ensure it’s perfectly straight.
Adjusting the Tracks for a Garage Stop Rubbing Against Molding
To adjust a garage door side gap, or to fix a garage door rubbing on one side, you’ll need to realign the track brackets.
Step One: Loosen the Track Bolts
First, use a wrench to loosen the bolts that secure both tracks to their lower track brackets. Make sure both tracks are loose before you proceed.
Step Two: Adjust the Door Gap
Move one of the tracks either left or right until you leave a gap of about ¼ inch between the stop molding and the side of your doorway. Remember that the gap should be uniform on both sides. Adjust the opposite track accordingly.
Step Three: Tightening Track Bolts
Once you’ve properly adjusted the gap in your garage door, tighten the track bolts using a wrench. Confirm they are well tightened, but avoid over-tightening them.
Get Professional Garage Door Alignment and Repair
If the DIY approach doesn’t work out and you still have a side gap or your garage door is unlevel, call in the experts. Our residential garage door experts offer same day service to ensure that your door closes properly and that your garage is secure. Whether it’s adjusting your track, replacing rollers or installing a new door, our team does it all. Contact Metro Garage Door today for fast and reliable repair service in the Twin Cities metro area.