Trapped in the Garage

No one wants to be stuck in their garage hammering the button to make the door open to no avail. This is an even worse scenario if your garage is not climate controlled and it’s the heat of a Plano summer. Now in the short term, you do have a few options. Some repairs can safely be performed by you at home, though some will require professional assistance. Before you attempt any Plano garage door repair, make sure you know exactly what you’re doing and have followed basic safety precautions. Make sure that before you do anything with the mechanical unit (or parts connected to it) that you have the power turned off to the unit and that it’s unplugged. Secondly, do not mess with the spring when it’s under tension. Third, if you’re at all unsure, don’t try it; find someone who knows what they’re doing. As a simple practical matter, the less confident you are, the less dexterous and the more likely you are to injure yourself.

A majority of Plano garage door repair relates to the tracks. You can do a few things here, such as make sure the machine is turned off and look for obstructions along the path. If there are balls of hardened grease, pinch spots, or junk in general, you can probably deal with it. For grease and junk, you should use a powerful household cleaner. If the cleaner is at all fumy, make sure you have good ventilation, open the other garage door if possible, and clean the tracks out. If there’s a dent, flat spot, or pinch, you will have to take a mallet to it. You might be able to use a board with a mallet to make sure you don’t deform the shape. If you’re not comfortable with this, call a professional. You might feel silly, but if you really don’t know what you’re doing, you can make it far worse.

Do not use a metal hammer for your Plano garage door repair. To repeat: do not use a metal hammer. It is not the same thing as a rubber mallet. The force is concentrated in a smaller less deformable space, and you’re likely to do more damage than good with a metal hammer.

You can also check the hardware. If you see loose screws, tighten them. If you’ve checked the rollers, the track, and the hardware and the door still won’t open, you should call a professional. Dealing with mechanical parts on your own can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re moderately lucky, you’ll do no damage. If you’re unlucky, you might seriously injure yourself. If you’re really lucky, you might end up with a successful Plano garage door repair, but the odds of that are low. Best advice in the short term? Call a Plano garage door repair professional.

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