How to Inspect Broken or Bent Rollers
Many homeowners believe that the size of their garage door determines its strength. This is far from the truth. The quality, as well as the materials that constitute the moving parts of your garage door, is a huge factor in the strength your garage door. One of the things that can negatively impact the functionality of your garage door is the broken or bent rollers. They can prevent the garage door from opening or closing properly. Is your garage door noisy when it moves? You could be dealing with bent rollers, and this can reduce their effectiveness.
Follow the following steps to inspect broken or bent rollers:
1. The first step
Check the whole length of the track. This is done to check if all the ends are joined evenly at the point where sections join each other. The presence of bends, cracks or gaps makes it difficult for the garage door to move up and down because it cannot reach the next section of the track. You may use pliers to manually bend the track into its original place.
check the hinges where the actual rollers attach to each hinge. If the door rollers are broken or bent, they will need to be fixed or replaced. Garage door rollers operate on a shared load system. Every roller maintains the stability as well as the height of its panel as it moves along the track. In case one of the rollers is broken or bent, the panel will buckle. Consequently, the door will snags as it travels. This can result in more damage in the long run especially when using an electric garage door opener as most people do.
3. The third step
Check the roller wheels. As they wear, the roller wheels can become flat or worn out on one end – when the wheel drags itself up and down the track instead of rolling. Over time, the wheel’s metal edge wears away and creates high friction with the track. When this happens the wheel needs to be replaced.
4. The pull cables are also part of the system.
It is worth noting that rollers don’t actually work alone. They are usually pulled alongside the garage door cable. Ensure that the cable is neither frayed nor broken. If this has already happened, a new cables is needed.
Homeowners need to understand that replacement of broken or bent rollers is not only time consuming but also dangerous. It should be done by a professional. It isn’t in your best interest to attempt to remove the rollers by yourself. We can replace the garage door rollers in record time, and at the same time guarantee your safety. Call us today for a free quote.