Is your garage door failing to open the way it should? This is often the first sign of damage to the door or one of the critical components that help it operate correctly. Sometimes, the door may appear uneven, as if one side is lower than the other. Discover what causes a garage door to open unevenly and how to fix this issue.
What Is an Uneven Door?You may refer to this as an uneven, sagging, or unbalanced door, but each description means the same thing. A properly working garage door is balanced on both sides, opening and closing without issue since the weight is appropriately distributed. When the door becomes unbalanced, it drops to one of the sides, which creates that sagging appearance.
Signs It’s UnevenOften, you can tell this occurred by the door’s visual appearance, but it may also sound different or take longer when opening and closing. Sometimes, the door may not be able to open at all.
Causes of an Uneven Garage DoorThere are three main causes for a garage door to open unevenly:
- Broken torsion spring
- Snapped cable
- Damage to the rollers
Do a Balance TestIf you suspect your garage door is unbalanced but not entirely positive, you can do a balance test to find out. To do this:
- Stand inside the garage with the door closed.
- Remove it from the opener using the emergency cord.
- Manually lift the door partway using the support bars.
- Make sure the area is clear and let go of the door.