Many people have been faced with the problem of how to fix a slow-opening garage door. After all, it is not as easy as it seems when your door is stuck in a downward position and you cannot move it forward to open it. There are several causes for this problem and it will be up to you to find out what it is. Here are the most common causes:
Springs: The springs that help to raise the door are located in the ceiling above the garage. When tension is applied to the springs, they start to exert pressure that causes the door to move upwards. This is usually caused by rusty bolts and other pieces of hardware. To solve this problem, you must remove the hardware found on the ceiling and check to see if the springs are rusty. If they are, you can tighten them back to their proper positions and use new ones.
Sliding panels: Another cause of the sliding garage door problem is the wooden slats that divide the garage from the house. If the slats are cracked or warped, they will cause the doors to slide as well. This is usually an easy fix. You will just need to paint or repair the door’s tracks so it slides properly.
Chain drive: A very common cause of a slow-opening garage door problem is a chain drive slipping or malfunctioning. If this is the case, you will need to replace the chain drive or have it fixed by a professional. This may cost quite a bit, but it will ensure your door opens smoothly every time. To do this, you should first disconnect the garage door opener from the chain drive using a screwdriver. You will then need to disassemble the garage door and remove the chain drive and the sprocket that drive it.
Use a level and adjust it until the door opens smoothly. If the problem is electrical, it may be necessary to run some wires through the track and inspect the insulation for problems. This is one of the most common causes of a slow-opening garage door, and it usually requires only replacing a part or two. If the garage door is still not working after replacing the parts, call a garage door repair service.
If you have no other ideas on how to fix a slow-opening garage door, consider buying an extended warranty from the manufacturer. Most manufacturers offer free extended warranties for a certain period of time after the date of purchase. This is especially helpful if your garage door is malfunctioning or the garage is a few floors up or above. The garage door company will send someone to your home to perform a standard inspection. If the problem is not found, they will help you find a replacement part and send it to you. If you do not have an extended warranty, you will have to pay for the part in addition to your deductible.