General wear and tear on your garage door is a normal part of being a homeowner. Garage door rollers are often one of the first things to become damaged and need replacing. Fortunately, you can replace the rollers yourself without spending extra money on a garage door professional. This job is a relatively simple one that won't come at much expense. Follow these simple tips to do a high-quality repair.
Get your tools ready
You will need a few tools to make this project go smoothly and to make your life easier. To begin, make sure you have two pairs of locking pliers, otherwise known as vice grips. These will allow you to secure the garage door from moving while you work on it. Additionally, you'll want to have a ladder handy to reach high-up places, a good ratchet with sockets to fit the bolts and a long, durable flat-head screwdriver.
Now that your materials are ready, you can begin the job. When working with any automatic garage door, the first step is always to disconnect the power. You can do this by simply unplugging the garage door opener. Then, for safety, be sure to disconnect the garage door arm from the opener. This will allow the door to move freely with your guidance, without being operated from the opener. To do this, simply unscrew the arm and set it aside.
Replace the rollers
To replace your rollers, you'll need to completely open the garage door and bend the track to give the rollers enough room to slide out. Once your door is fully open, use your locking pliers to squeeze one side of the garage door track and bend it a few inches back using your force. You only need to free up a short space so that you can slide the old rollers out and put the new rollers in. Be sure not to bend the track too much as you could cause damage.
To replace the old rollers, you can simply slide the garage door back down and align the roller you intend on replacing with the section of track that is bent and open. Place a set of your locking pliers above and below another roller to prevent the door from moving and use your flat head screwdriver to shift the door out of the track. Then, the only thing left to do is to simply slide out the old roller and slide in the new one.
Once the new roller is in its place, use your screwdriver to help shift the door back onto the track. Continue these steps for any other rollers that need replacing. Once all of your rollers are replaced, remember to use your locking pliers to bend the track back to its original shape, reconnect the arm and plug in your garage door opener. Your door will open like new.
If you're having trouble replacing the rollers yourself, contact a company like American Eagle Garage Door Services.