A Simple Fix For Garage Door Track Alignment Issues
If your garage door track is out of alignment, many problems can occur. A wonky track can cause the door to bind or snag against the rubber molding. If your track is out of whack (sorry!), you can fix it yourself.
What you’ll need:
- Rubber mallet
- Screwdriver or wrench
Level of difficulty: 3
Danger level: 3
Please remember that your safety always comes first. Before undertaking any form of DIY home repair, make sure you take the proper precautions.
For a Binding Garage Door:
Step 1: With the screwdriver, loosen the screws that secure the tracks to the garage door’s frame.
Step 2: To properly position the track, lightly tap the bottom of the track with the rubber mallet. Next use the level to make sure the track is safeguarded and appears perfectly straight up and down.
Step 3: Once you’ve properly aligned the track, tighten the screws. This ensures that the track won’t move.
Step 4 – Repeat steps 2 and 3 for adjusting the other door track.
For a Garage Door Rubbing Against Stop Molding:
Step 1: Using the wrench, loosen the track bolts that secure the tracks to the lower track brackets.
Step 2: Move the tracks (left or right) so that there exists only a small gap between the door and the stop molding. A 1/4-inch gap is fine, but be careful if the gap is bigger. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the garage door.
Step 3: Tightly secure the bolts with the wrench.
Don’t try and perform any garage door repairs yourself if you do not feel comfortable. A professional can easily adjust the tracks while you sit back and relax. If you’re in California, contact Mesa at 1.800.893.1107. We’ll send over a skilled garage door technician for a free estimate.