A garage door makes life so much easier for homeowners. It may appear like you will never have to work on your overhead garage door again when you initially install it, but the truth is, even the most dependable garage doors will run into some problems at some point. One of these issues is a sticking door. This article will discuss some of the potential reasons behind a stuck garage door and what to do when you spot them.
Reason #1: Bad weather
It is pretty common for garage doors to become stuck during the winter months. Ice and snow buildup can freeze the garage door spring, creating pressure that makes it hard for the garage door opener to open the door. Even if you do not see ice or snow in the spring, the cold temperature could still damage the spring and necessitate replacement.
What to do: Check that your springs are in good condition. Clear the spring of any ice or snow buildup and apply heat to the springs by blowing it with warm air from a heat gun or hairdryer.
Reason #2: Jammed pulley or damaged springs
If the garage door spring or pulley is broken, your door will not work. And if it happens while the door is opening or closing, you could have a stuck door. Likewise, if your garage door refuses to open or you notice it is pausing in certain areas, chances are the spring is not working correctly or is broken.
What to do: Look up your garage door and make sure the spring is not broken. Then, with the door down, disengage the emergency release cord and manually lift the door. It should feel really light. Since garage door springs are dangerous to work around for non-experts, you should call a specialist straight away if you suspect the spring is damaged.
Reason #3: Bad rollers or obstructed garage door track
If the garage door rollers are not rolling well, the door will not function properly. Cracks, rust, or missing parts in the sections of the garage door track can create obstructions and cause the rollers to get stuck along their path.
What to do: If you have plastic rollers, replace them with a better performing type like nylon with no ball bearings. Examine the track to check if anything is preventing or impeding it. As a safety precaution, turn off the garage door opener before attempting to remove any debris from the track.
Reason #4: Off-track door
Improper adjustments and damage are common reasons why the track becomes misaligned. For example, if the garage door gets stuck while rolling up or down, it could be because the tracks are not level or properly adjusted. In some cases, garage door rollers can jump off a track and cause the door to stop moving.
What to do: Do not force your garage door back into place, as you would risk damaging the door and injuring yourself. Instead, this problem should be approached professionally, especially if the door is off the track because something has damaged the panels.
If you need help with your garage door, turn to Titan Garage Doors NE for garage door repair. We provide solutions for stuck doors, including garage door opener repair, garage door spring replacement, and garage door sensor repair. We serve the greater Omaha area and surrounding locations, including Lincoln, Papillion, and Bellevue, NE, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. We offer free estimates on all our garage doors Omaha services. Call us at (402) 513-0255 for more information.