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3 Things To Check On Your Garage Door Tracks

by Ryan Wright

If your garage door tracks aren't in good condition, you'll have trouble with your garage door opening and closing like it's supposed to. It's a good idea to carefully inspect your tracks a few times a year, but you might be unsure of what to look for. Looking for these three things can help you ensure that your garage door is always in good shape.

1. Dirt and Debris

It's only natural that your garage door tracks could collect dirt, dust and other debris over time. However, this dirt isn't harmless -- it can actually clog up the tracks and make it hard for your garage door to travel on them like it is supposed to. You can use a paintbrush to brush away major dirt and debris. Then you can use a rag and an all-purpose cleaner to get your track squeaky-clean. Once it's been cleaned, apply a little bit of household lubricant to the tracks to make it easier for your garage door to open and close.

2. Dents

While you're cleaning your garage door tracks, check carefully for any dents. Even minor dents can get in the way of your garage door opening and closing like it's supposed to. If you do notice dents, you'll want to call a garage door repair company to come out and replace your tracks or repair them. Otherwise, your garage door could get hung up on these dents.

3. Levelness

After you have cleaned your garage door tracks and checked to ensure that they do not have any dents or dings, you should take a step back and look at them to ensure that they are level with one another. If they aren't, it could cause your garage door to hang at a strange angle, which could get in the way of its operation or could prevent it from closing all the way, which could create a security issue. A garage door repair professional will need to loosen up the mounting brackets, level out the tracks and re-tighten the brackets to hold them properly in place.

Your garage door tracks, although simple, are one of the most important components of your garage door system. If they aren't in good shape, your garage door is not going to operate like it's supposed to. Luckily, checking for these three problems on a regular basis can help you keep your garage door and its accompanying system in good condition. If you need any repairs or a replacement, contact a company like All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc.