Published on 31 July 2017
As a homeowner, there are many problems with your property which you can expect and a number of those which you can prepare for. Your garage door coming off its tracks falls into neither of these categories, however.
That said, this is a problem that can and might happen to your home, and it’s important to understand why it happened and how to deal with it. A broken garage door isn’t just an eyesore, it’s a severe health risk to you and your family. In light of this, in this article we will detail the various ways in which your garage door might have come off its tracks.
If a garage door is to operate smoothly along its tracks, then the various springs and cables that drive the mechanism need to be in working order. If your garage door has come off its tracks, ‘jumped cables’ could be the problem. Namely, when one or both of the cables attached to the cable drums have become slack, causing an imbalance.
There are various things that can cause jumped cables: something knocking the garage door while it is in motion, carelessness when opening the door manually or simple wear and tear – especially if the cables are old. Perhaps you’ve noticed, then, that all of these problems can be avoided if you respect the fragility of your garage door’s mechanism.
The most common cause of garage door derailment: someone hit the door with their car. If this is the case, it should be fairly obvious. Nevertheless, a heavy blow to the door is likely to wreak havoc with the mechanism and, as such, it’s vital to be extremely careful when entering and exiting your garage.
If one or two of the rollers on your garage door breaks due to wear and tear this will, in turn, place greater stress on the remaining rollers. If this stress breaks additional rollers, your garage door is at risk of coming off its tracks. Any imbalance in the system is bound to cause a problem eventually, so it’s important to make sure you spot any abnormality in the alignment of your garage door as early as possible, no matter how small.
When observing the problem, it could be tempting to try and fix your wonky garage door yourself; however, this isn’t the best idea, especially if it’s raised up. Your garage door is very heavy and, as a result, could prove extremely dangerous if you tamper with the mechanism yourself. Instead, we would advise that you call a professional garage door repairs service. Professionals have the expertise, the numbers and the spares necessary in order to get your garage door back on track.
Diamond Garage Doors supply premier garage doors and repairs services to customers throughout Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes. Our experienced team of engineers are proficient at installing all kinds of doors, from sectional to roller, and do so with great care and a smile. Contact our team today for more information on our products and services. We’re always happy to help.
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