Our automatic garage door pinched inwards instead of following
the groove around the curve of the door and bent some of
the metal fixtures. Has anyone encountered this problem? What
caused it and any suggestions on repair?
or someone putting a broom in the track and repeatedly trying to shut the
door or someone practicing their lay-up shot and repeatedly slamming into
the door or a bunch of other types of impact damage or even a cracked
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Sounds like the top rollers jammed against something, and as the motor
continued to pull the door up it had to go somewhere. Most times I find that
the track that is usually in two pieces, becomes misaligned. Or a roller
wheel has failed.
Lots of ideas, but can't see what transpired
I assume you mean your segmented door did something like __/\__ that.
Local Ace sells all the hinges, rollers, etc. for repairing garage
doors. If the door material itself wasn't severely damaged you may be
able to replace the most badly injured parts. But you'll have to take it
apart section by section most likely.
Do ensure that the tracks aren't holding up the rollers. Play with it
"manually" for a while before hooking up the opener again. Lubrication
of the roller axles should be oil, but use silicone on the tracks
themselves to prevent dirt build-up. Look for any bent track segments.
Do they all line up properly still? Did it get held up on a seam?
Carefully watch the torsion springs. Are they getting hung up on
anything? The ones over the brackets are safe to adjust yourself (check
for safety cables running inside the spring); the one over the door
itself (if you have one) isn't.
It may well be worth it to call in a pro, or just to replace the entire
door. The damage may mean it isn't weather-sealed anymore.
Most times this type of damage is from the door being locked and
someone trying to open the door w/ the opener. The bottom of the door
doesn't move, so the top of the door bows inward if the clutch or the
open sensitivity is set too high. If you have an outside lock it
should be disabled so the lock handle can not be turned from the
outside or inside so the door does not get locked accidently.
If the sections buckled they usually can not be bent back to perfect
shape. Also if the sections bow back & forth while continuing to use
the door the door sections will start to crack & break.
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