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Old 12-11-2017, 01:16 PM   #1
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Awile ago I had a company replace the motor and a spring on my garage door. Ever since then when I am outside the garage at night I can see light coming through the sides and notices there is a slight gap on the sides, before this it fit tight with no gap. Since air leaks through those gaps and I use it as a heated shop it is a problem. I used to have a something hanging above the garage that would swing in the wind and hit the upper center area of the garage door and damaged the paint a bit. I removed this awile ago too. I am wondering if it is possible the company thought the garage door was rubbing and adjusted it horizontally to give it more room, and what is involved in moving it back if thats the case?
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:28 PM   #2
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More likely it's just worn weatherstripping that you hadn't noticed previously. That does need to be replaced every so often for a really good seal.

A handyman should be able to deal with that easily.

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Use these on the top and sides. I'm surprised the door company did not install them.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Frost-Ki...-GR9/100185922

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It did not use to have any weather stripping on the sides before but it fit tightly anyway. I did install some weather stipping on the sides that helps some but I would like to have it the way it used to be. I don't know much about garage doors, is it even possible to adjust them horizontally?

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They move horizontally a bit on the roller axels, what might have happened if they only replaced one spring is that its not rated the same as the one they left and it is jarring the door a little and when it hits the ground it levels out.
Try and stop the door before it hits the ground and see if it is level. If not then replace both springs
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They move horizontally a bit on the roller axels, what might have happened if they only replaced one spring is that its not rated the same as the one they left and it is jarring the door a little and when it hits the ground it levels out.
Try and stop the door before it hits the ground and see if it is level. If not then replace both springs
The gap is on both sides. If it was the spring would it be like that or just on one side?
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How can you have a gap on both sides that was not there before?
I don't think they shrunk your door
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Check the side-rail brackets, they are often slotted for adjustment. Maybe they moved them when installing the spring. Or bent them accidently.

I recently fixed an air/light gap by loosening a few bolts that hold the side brackets onto the track/rails on and drew the rail in tighter to the door edge and seal.
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Check your manual, I've adjusted a few for customers and its really easy. Its been a while but last one used two buttons on the motor to incrementally adjust the stop points. My old house was a bit more crude and you had to move the end point switches but it was probably from the mid to late 80's.
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It's getting cold out, the door must have shrunk

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Wow, it would have been great if I would have read the issue a little more carefully.
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Use these on the top and sides. I'm surprised the door company did not install them.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Frost-Ki...-GR9/100185922

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I've seen these doubled up to cover seams at the edges of the door. It's an inexpensive option if needed.



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I am wondering if it is possible the company thought the garage door was rubbing and adjusted it horizontally to give it more room, and what is involved in moving it back if thats the case?
So you just paid somebody to repair and adjust your door so it works properly and now you want to screw with it? Maybe it was rubbing in some places putting extra strain on your motor. Garage doors should not fit tightly against the jambs because inevitably things tighten up. The PROPER way to handle this is to install weather stripping as suggested. The flexible rubber allows the door to move while maintaining a good seal. I have never seen a garage door in a conditioned space without weather stripping.

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