Why is My Garage Door Shaky?

A garage door consists of many interconnected moving parts. New and properly maintained garage doors should run smoothly. When you notice things start to get shaky, perhaps the system just needs some lubrication. It can also be a sign a garage door repair in Fresno is required for one or more major parts.

All moving parts should be maintained by applying the proper lubricant. A technician can do this during a routine maintenance visit. They can also inspect parts to determine if they’re in good shape or any replacements are needed. If your garage door is shaky, here are some parts from which the problem can originate:

1. Tracks

Track problems can cause your garage door to shake, jerk, or jam due to improper alignment. Irregularities can cause roller tires to bind to the track assembly. There may be bends or crimps in a track, which can often be corrected with a hammer or mallet. If you can’t straighten these out and stop the shaking, you may need a Fresno garage door repair professional to inspect the tracks and provide the appropriate fixes.

2. Rollers, Hinges, or Screws

Overhead garage door rollers may be the problem if the track appears to be properly aligned. Signs of a roller problem include shaking or sounds such as squeaking or squealing. There could also be problems with the sleeve or roller bearings. Loose or damaged hinges or screws can cause the garage door to jerk because its weight isn’t supported. Over time, the problem can damage the lift motor, so you should not delay repairs.

3. Pulleys

Press fit pulleys are made of two major components attached by ball bearings. Over time, the parts can separate, causing the cables to fray and get stuck. A worn race can cause the ball bearings to rub together, which eventually get crushed; the first signs of a problem include a wobbly garage door.

Cast iron pulleys feature a one-piece design and therefore don’t split or fray the cables. A sealed race and ball bearings prevent dust or dirt entry. Although heavier and stronger, pulleys made of cast iron can still develop vibrations, but for reasons other than split components, so it’s important to seek a garage door professional’s advice.

4. Garage Door Openers and Motors

garage-door-from-insideShaking can come from the garage door itself or the motor or garage door opener mechanism. Problems with the motor, chain, or screw actuators are possible too. The lift motor can wear out, or damage to its internal components can affect how your garage door moves. Replacing faulty parts can restore the system—your garage door may work as smoothly as it did when it was first installed.

It’s important to remember any shaking, unusual movement, or sound means part of your garage door isn’t working properly. One faulty part can cause excessive strain on the entire system. An increase in force, vibration, or irregular movement may lead to premature failure if not corrected, leading to more expensive repairs. Your garage door may need replacement much sooner if you don’t address minor issues early.

Shaky Garage Door? Call Precision Door Service Today.

Is your garage door beginning to shake more than usual? Contact Precision Door Service, a local garage door company in Fresno. We offer same-day service and are available 24/7. Our technicians are trained in-house and experienced with all kinds of repairs. Call us at 559-212-3305, or request a visit online and our technicians will inspect your shaky garage door to address any underlying problems.

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