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Is Your Garage Door Stuck?

Why Is My Garage Door Stuck?

A stuck garage door is a nuisance. You may not be able to get your car in or out of your garage, and if you use your garage door to get into your house, you may have trouble accessing your home as usual.  

 

5 Common Reasons Your Garage Door Is Stuck

If your garage door is jammed, the five most common culprits are:

1. Track problems

Obstructions on the tracks can be an issue. Even if you think you can remove a block yourself, remember to turn off your garage door opener before attempting to move anything. If the rollers are off the tracks, you will need professional technicians to safely realign your door and diagnose any problems with the rollers or tracks.

2. Springs

Springs open and close your overhead door, holding the weight and allowing for a controlled close. Quality springs can last for 5000, 10,000 or more cycles, but if they break while you are opening or closing your garage door, your door can get stuck. We recommend calling a repair technician right away to solve the problem. 

3. Damage 

If the panels are damaged, the rollers may go off the track, resulting in a jammed garage door. Over time, the track can also get damaged and warped, which makes your garage door stick while going up. Like warped tracks or broken springs, issues with panels, rollers and other components require professional attention.

4. Sensor issues

The sensor is an important safety feature that prevents the garage door from closing on a person or object. If the sensor lens is covered in debris, it can keep your overhead door from closing. Direct sunlight hitting the sensors can also cause problems, but buying shades for your sensors and cleaning the lense regularly will often resolve the issue.

5. Lack of lubrication

Your garage door opener chain, track and springs need adequate lubrication every few months to keep moving smoothly. If your garage doors haven’t received regular preventive maintenance, they may get stuck. Avoid using WD-40 on garage doors because the product will act as a cleaner and may remove existing lubrication. Instead, opt for calling a professional who will use a silicone-based lubricant approved by your garage door manufacturer.

 

When Do I Need to Call Someone to Fix My Door?

In some cases, your garage door might simply be locked or blocked by ice or debris.

If the problem has anything to do with damage, springs, the sensor, track problems or other moving parts and components, it’s critical to contact a qualified technician. Garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds, so if your stuck garage door suddenly gets unstuck, you could be at risk of serious injury or property damage. What’s more, do-it-yourself efforts can void a warranty. A technician can diagnose the issue and safely repair your garage door while ensuring your warranty remains valid.

If you live in Charlotte, NC, or any surrounding area and your garage door is stuck, contact Garage Door and More for professional repairs completed in a timely fashion. Our award-winning, family-owned business offers quality garage door installation and repairs, affordable prices and outstanding customer service.

Schedule your service visit with us or contact us to learn more about our services. Garage Door and More is what a garage door service should be!


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