How to Level and Fix Out-of-Balance Garage Doors: A Comprehensive Guide

Geaux Overhead Door, Inc.

Having an uneven garage door is more than just an inconvenience; it can pose safety hazards and potentially lead to costly damage if not addressed promptly. Fortunately, you can correct this issue yourself by following these step-by-step instructions.

Tools You'll Need:

  •         Safety glasses
  •         Work gloves
  •         Step ladder
  •         Adjustable wrench
  •         2x4 piece of lumber
  •         A winding bar or rods (for torsion spring doors)

Inspect the Garage Door

Assess the balance of your overhead doors by observing its movement and conducting a visual inspection of its components. Common signs of an unbalanced door include difficulty in opening or closing, uneven movement, and excessive noise during operation. Potential causes of an unbalanced door can be worn-out springs, loose or damaged hinges, or improper installation.

To assess the balance, stand inside the garage and manually open the door halfway. Release the door and observe its movement. If it stays in place, the door is balanced. However, if it moves up or down, it indicates an imbalance.

Additionally, visually inspect the springs, hinges, and tracks for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice any issues, it's recommended to consult a professional technician to fix the problem promptly. Make a note of any issues you discover, as you may need to address them during this process.

Disconnect the Garage Door Opener

For safety reasons, disconnect the garage door opener from the door. You can typically do this by pulling the emergency release cord, which disengages the opener from the door. This step ensures that the door won't accidentally move while you're working on it.

Test the Balance

Manually lift the garage door until it's halfway open and then release it. A properly balanced door should stay in place at the halfway point. If the door moves up or down on its own, it's out of balance and needs adjustment.

Adjust Torsion Springs (If Applicable)

To properly adjust the spring tension of your overhead door, you'll need to follow these steps.

  1. First, ensure that the door is closed and disconnected from the opener.
  2. Locate the spring tension adjustment mechanism, which is usually a set of screws near the spring.
  3. Use a winding bar to turn the screws, either clockwise or counterclockwise, depending on the direction you want to adjust the tension.
  4. Turning the screws clockwise increases the tension while turning them counterclockwise decreases it.
  5. Be sure to make small adjustments and test the door after each adjustment to avoid over-tightening or loosening.
  6. If you encounter any issues during the adjustment process, such as the door not staying in place or making grinding noises, consult a professional for further assistance.

Adjust Extension Springs (If Applicable)

Adjust the tension for garage doors with extension springs by moving the S-hook to a different hole on the horizontal track hanger. Start with the S-hook in the highest hole for maximum tension.

Again, test the door's balance by manually lifting it to the halfway point and releasing it. Continue adjusting the S-hook until the door remains balanced.

Align the Door Tracks

Misaligned or bent tracks can also cause balance issues. Inspect the tracks for any irregularities. If you find any, you'll need to loosen the track bolts, align the tracks, and then tighten the bolts securely.

 Lubricate the Parts of the Garage Doors

To ensure smooth operation, regularly lubricate the moving parts of your overhead doors, such as hinges, rollers, and tracks, using a silicone-based lubricant. This simple maintenance task is crucial for preventing rust and ensuring smooth movement of your door.

Over time, the constant opening and closing of the door can cause friction and wear on these parts, leading to stiffness and potential damage. By applying a silicone-based lubricant to the hinges, rollers, and tracks, you create a protective layer that reduces friction and allows for effortless movement. This lubricant also helps to prevent rust, which can compromise the integrity of the moving parts.

Make sure to clean the parts before applying the lubricant to ensure optimal results. Regularly lubricating the moving parts of your overhead door won't only extend its lifespan but also keep it operating smoothly and efficiently.

Testing and Fine-Tuning the Door

Start by conducting a thorough inspection of the overhead doors to identify any issues with balance or alignment. This can be done by visually inspecting the door for any signs of misalignment or unevenness. You should also check the cables, springs, and rollers for any damage or wear that could affect the door's balance.

Reconnect the Opener

Once you're satisfied with the door's balance and operation, reconnect the garage door opener. To do this, simply pull the emergency release cord back down until it clicks into place. This will re-engage the opener with the door.

Final Testing

Finally, operate the garage door using the opener to confirm that it functions correctly. Pay attention to any unusual noises or jerky movements, as these could indicate further issues that may require professional attention.

Regularly checking and maintaining your garage door's balance can prolong its lifespan, prevent costly repairs, and ensure the safety of your home and family.

Geaux Overhead Door, Inc: Professional Garage Door Company in Monroe, Louisiana


If you need expert assistance with your garage door repair or encounter difficulties during the leveling process, contact a professional door technician at Geaux Overhead Door, Inc in Monroe, Louisiana. Our team of professionals is ready to provide expert guidance and garage door repair services to ensure your garage door operates safely and efficiently. Don't hesitate to reach out for assistance!

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