How to adjust the garage door?

It may happen at times that your garage door might not move smoothly. Most of the time, users opt for repair for garage door adjustment. However, before resorting to professional help, you might consider repairing yourself. 

Steps to adjust a garage door

Step 1- Inspection

There can be several reasons to adjust garage door. Therefore, it is essential to look for the defective part and identify a proper solution. Hence, you must pinpoint the exact part that is causing the problem.

Step 2- Repairing damaged tracks

If you see any dust on some tracks, you must clean it immediately. Any remains of debris should be swept away with a damp cloth. After cleaning it out, try opening the door again. However, if they have been warped, you have to replace them. 

Step 3- Learn about the door springs

If the tracks are working alright, then you should look at door springs. There are usually 2 kinds of springs- torsion or side-mounted. In the case of side-mounted ones, they are generally above the track on each side of the garage door. If they are not working smoothly, you can adjust them using cable and an attached pulley. However, in the case of torsion springs, it is better to seek professional help. 

Step 4- Identify the adjustment that you need for spring tension

The adjustment required for the garage door spring depends mainly on the action of the door. If there is an issue with shutting the door properly, there might be a gap in the spring tension that you will need to adjust. If the door is too stiff, decrease the spring tension and increase it when it closes too fast. 

Step 5- Adjust the tension in the door springs

It would help eliminate the spring hook before you change the spring tension. Before you do anything, check again that there’s no pressure in the springs. Mount the stepping stool and utilise your customizable wrench to remove the nut if there isn’t. The one you want is the one on the back of the section.

This will empower you to move the snare or hook to an alternate opening on the track holder. Moving it will change the tension. Moving it to a lower space will diminish the strain. Move it to a higher space, and you can build the pressure.

Step 6- Test the changes

It would help eliminate the clamp from the lower part of the garage door. Later, you must ensure you re-clamp the door before moving the spring hook. Also when you do, drop it up or somewhere near each opening in turn.

Step 7- Tuning the tension

You can inspect the raising or lowering of the spring hook. If the hook does not get the ideal measure of tension, change the link inside the springs.

To do this, change the clasp or bunch appending the link to the hook. Make the link more limited, tis will the spring tension.

Eliminate the brace and test the door once more. Proceed with adjusting the link until its ideal.


If you have followed all the steps properly then your garage door must work perfectly well. You must make sure that you have removed the clamps or pliers after tuning the tension. Eventually, you can tug on the emergency cord and reattach the door to the opener. You can refer to TC Garage Door and locksmith for further assistance. 


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