Garage doors require regular maintenance and occasional repair works. This is normal, if you consider that you need to operate your garage door at least twice a day, most days of the year. You have to lift the door in the morning to go to work, and again in the evening, when you come back home. The tracks are among the parts that need the most frequent repairs. Here’s how to take care of them properly.
When your garage door opener fails to operate, you can suspect something may be wrong with the tracks. Before attempting any garage door track repair, you should consider cleaning it thoroughly. Remove all dirt and debris, dead leaves and anything else that may obstruct the tracks. Sometimes, you may even find tiny pebbles that block the movement of the door. By simply removing these obstacles, you can sort out your issue without the need for a garage door track repair specialist.
Once you clean the tracks, you should attempt to move the door once more. If it fails, but you hear a buzzing of the motor, you should stop trying, and contact the service contractor to help you.
Avoid forcing the motor too much, because you can easily damage it. Don’t try to push the door with your arms. Above everything else, don’t attempt to move the door while someone else is operating the door. This is a very dangerous situation, as the door may start moving before you have a chance to pull your hands. You risk to lose a few fingers, or to suffer even more severe injuries.
The best advice one could possibly give you is to cease trying to operate your door as soon as you notice cleaning the tracks doesn’t help. Call a specialist, and don’t let any member of your family get near that door.