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What You Should Do If Your Garage Door Gets Stuck in the Wrong Position

What You Should Do If Your Garage Door Gets Stuck in the Wrong Position There’s never a good time to have an overhead garage door that doesn’t work. For most people, the only reason they open or close it is because they want to get something into or out of the garage space. Nobody likes to be trapped by a malfunctioning door, but it does happen from time to time. In many instances, however, there are quick fixes that can get you out and going in only a few minutes’ time. Take time now to look for your manual override cord. It’s the one dangling from the automatic door opener guide track, the one with the red handle. If you’re really in a hurry and your door doesn’t open or close, you can pull on this cord and manually raise or lower the door. This means that instead of waiting for the door opener to work, you can deal with your door almost immediately. Although it may not be very convenient getting at the cord, it is the quickest way in or out of your garage. There may come a time, especially if you’re still using an older, wooden garage door, when it becomes harder to open. As this type of door ages, it’s prone to sagging, because it is susceptible to the effects of gravity in the same way people are. Adding tension rods to the back of the door can give you a quick fix for the problem. Place the rods on the door diagonally spreading from the top to bottom corners. They can then be tightened gradually to pull the door back into plumb. Don’t make a huge adjustment at any one time. Make a small adjustment, allow the door to adapt to the change, and then make another small adjustment. Repeat this procedure until the door operates the way you want it to. In colder climates, you may have weather-related problems with your overhead garage door. When it’s really cold, even the best of mechanisms can stiffen up and refuse to open. Read the instructions that came with your garage door opener. If it is a more recent model, it should be equipped with pressure adjustments that can be adjusted seasonally to keep your door operating the way it should all year long. Another quick fix, crazy as it may seem, might be to warm the mechanism with a blow dryer. Another problem that might develop is difficulty getting your door to lock. This means that the vehicles and other possessions you have stored in your garage aren’t secure. Usually this problem can be attributed to a shift of the horizontal bars located on the back of the door. These bars are set to fit into slots on the sides of the doors which lock when the door is closed. Over time, they can move out of alignment so that they are no longer lined up with the slots. If this happens, loosen the bars and readjust them so that they work properly again.