How to Tell If Your Door is Uneven
In some cases, you may be able to tell just from looking at your garage door if it needs an adjustment. But there are a few other less obvious tells such as—making a strange noise when opening or closing, unable to open or close correctly, or taking a longer than usual to open or close. All of these things could mean that your door is out of alignment.
If you think your garage door is uneven, test it out. You can conduct a simple test by detaching the door from the opener and manually opening and closing the door. Lift the door by hand to the halfway point and carefully release it. If the door remains supported, it does not need an adjustment. However, if the door slams shut or open, it is out of balance.
To fix an uneven garage door, you may need to adjust the garage door springs. Springs can stretch and cause a shift in your garage door alignment. Torsion springs are mounted above the garage door and will run parallel with the door. These may need to be replaced or just tightened.
There may be an even simpler solution—try pushing the door back to adjust it. The vertical track may go out of alignment and just needs to be shifted back. This could also be caused by a loose lag screw. After pushing the door back into position, check and tighten any loose screws. Your door should then hang evenly and work correctly.