It never fails. You’re running out the door, juggling coffee and your laptop, when you push the button to open your garage door and it gets stuck halfway — no sign of budging.
Welcome to the world of emergency garage door repairs.
Stubborn garage doors are common. They can get stuck for any number of reasons. Sometimes, it’s as simple as the weather. It also could be a problem of broken machinery or something stuck in the track.
First, stop using the door. Don’t force it. You could do some serious damage — and then this otherwise simple and inexpensive repair becomes quite costly and involved.
Next, you’ll have to diagnose the problem. Here’s how to begin.
Reasons Your Garage Door Is Stuck
There are a variety of reasons your garage door can become stuck. Sometimes, this qualifies as a DIY garage door repair. Other times, you’ll need to call in a professional garage door repair company.
Granted, our customers in Sacramento, California don’t have to worry about this problem. But if you live in an area that gets real winter, snow and ice freeze your door shut. Take a look at the outside of the door. Does it seem to be frozen shut? Are the springs frozen? This is one reason installing an insulated garage door has its benefits.
Does your garage door have torsion springs? These springs exert force along the track. If the rollers get obstructed, the door can become stuck.
A pulley system works to raise and lower your door along the track. Sometimes these components can wear down overtime and become jammed. They may need to be replaced by a professional.
Broken Garage Door Opener
Garage door openers aren’t designed to last forever. You’ll probably have to replace your garage door opener with a new installation about 2 to 3 times during the lifespan of your garage door. Sometimes the opener gets worn out. It may even stop in mid-motion. You’ll likely need to replace the garage door opener with a new installation.