Garage Door Repair: Why Did My Door Get Stuck?

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.

Jammed Pulleys

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.

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Summer Preventative Maintenance for Overhead Garage Doors

Summer’s a great time to catch up on all the preventative maintenance on your overhead residential garage door you’ve been putting off. Start with an inspection of your hardware. Check the wheels, hinges, and springs. Is everything in working order? Do you notice any rust, slack or brittleness in the springs? Are the wheels starting to wear away? Next, go over every movable part with a lug wrench and tighten everything down. Take an approved garage door lubricant and oil all moving parts, especially the hinges and the chain. Don’t use WD40 as this can cause your garage door parts to prematurely rust. Open and close your garage door and pay attention to the motion. Does it open and close cleanly and efficiently? By keeping up on preventative garage door maintenance, you can lengthen the lifespan of your door.