How to Troubleshoot a Stuck Garage Door

Garage Door Installation, Repairs & parts in Kent, Washington

Few situations are more stressful to a homeowner than a stuck garage door. If the door won’t open, your car is trapped inside, leaving you stranded, and if it won’t close, you leave your possessions vulnerable to thieves. So, if you have a stuck garage door, how can you get it moving again? Let’s look at some common causes that cause a garage door to stick and what you can do to fix it.

What Causes Garage Doors to Stick?

Before we start troubleshooting, it’s important to understand why garage doors get stuck. The reasons can range from simple to complex, including:

  • Obstructions in Tracks: Small objects or debris in the tracks can halt your garage door’s movement.
  • Misaligned Tracks: Your door can get stuck if the tracks are not properly aligned.
  • Spring Issues: Broken or worn-out springs can prevent smooth operation.
  • Opener Malfunctions: Sometimes, the problem lies within the garage door opener itself.
  • Sensitivity Settings: Incorrect sensitivity settings on your opener can cause issues.
  • Weather-Related Problems: Extreme temperatures can affect your door’s functioning.

DIY Fixes for a Stuck Garage Door

Now, let’s talk about solutions. Many times, there are a few simple steps that can get your garage door moving again:

  • Clearing the Tracks: Check for and remove any obstructions in the tracks.
  • Lubrication: Regularly lubricate the tracks, rollers, and hinges.
  • Check the Sensors: Ensure the safety sensors are clean and properly aligned.
  • Reset the Opener: Sometimes, resetting your garage door opener can solve the issue.
  • Adjust Sensitivity: Consult your opener’s manual to adjust its sensitivity settings.

When to Call in the Professionals

While DIY solutions work for minor issues, some situations call for the expertise of professionals. Here’s when you should consider calling Doorman Service:

  • Spring Replacement: Handling springs can be dangerous. If you suspect a spring issue, it’s best to leave it to the experts.
  • Track Alignment: Misaligned tracks require precise adjustments that are best handled by professionals.
  • Opener Repairs: If your garage door opener is malfunctioning, professional service ensures a safe and effective repair.
  • Comprehensive Maintenance: Regular professional maintenance can prevent future problems and extend the life of your garage door.

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the key to preventing garage door issues. Clopay recommends having your door serviced at least twice a year, but your mileage may vary depending on your door’s age and condition. 

At Doorman Service, we offer routine check-ups that include an inspection of all parts. We thoroughly inspect springs, openers, tracks, and other components for any obstructions or damages. Next, we will lubricate all moving parts and make any needed adjustments to ensure smooth operation. Finally, we will perform a safety check to make sure that your family and vehicles are in no danger when operating your garage door.

Peace of Mind with Doorman Service Co.

Dealing with a stuck garage door can be a hassle, but with the proper knowledge and occasional help from professionals, you can ensure smooth and safe operation. Remember, whether it’s a DIY fix or professional repair, taking care of your garage door is an investment in your home’s functionality and safety. If you need some assistance or advice with your garage door repair, please don’t hesitate to give us a call

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