It's annoying to deal with a stuck garage door, especially when you're in a hurry to leave. Besides, the door can be a safety hazard for you and others in your home.
If your door gets stuck, makes a lot of noise, or refuses to open completely, you need to get an expert to check it. However, you can troubleshoot some problems before hiring garage door system repair professionals.
Here are some common garage door problems and how to troubleshoot them.
The Door Gets Stuck When Opening and Closing
First, check if your door is off balance. Switch off the power and try to lift the door manually. If it moves, it means the door is off balance.
You can also check if the issue is with the fuse. Test your garage door's batteries and power connections to rule out power issues. If you have charged batteries and there's power in the house, the fuse likely has a problem. Call an automatic garage door repairer to fix your door.
Blocked sensors could also be why your door gets stuck or is slow to open and close. You can troubleshoot this problem with the following tips:
- Check any signs of blocked signals
- Remove any plants or branches that block your remote's signal
- Check the antennae for dirt or build-up that could block the signal
- Check your antennae's alignment
If, after troubleshooting, you still have problems with your door, it's time to call a garage door repair expert to fix the problem.
Broken Torsion and Extension Springs
Extension and torsion springs hold your garage to the frame and keep it from falling. However, over time, the springs wear and tear and can snap. When the springs snap, the door will fall off and can cause accidents or damage your car.
The best way to avoid such accidents is to get a professional to inspect and service your garage door regularly. The professional can note worn-out springs early enough and replace them.
However, if the springs snap out of place before you notice the problems, call a garage door repair expert to help you fix the door.
Old or Broken Rollers
Your garage door will also get stuck if the rollers are old, rusty, and need more lubrication. Check the condition of your garage door rulers and fix them if you can.
For instance, you can apply grease to reduce friction when the door opens and closes. You can also use a rust repellant to protect the metal from gathering rust. This way, you'll extend the rollers' lifespan and have a better experience with the garage door.
However, if the rollers are too old or damaged, you might have to replace them. Contact a professional automatic garage door company such as Coastal Garage Door Repair Solutions to fix the new rollers.