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Trying to race time only to find out that your garage door won’t even open is the worst.
But don’t panic, you may be able to fix it ASAP.
There are a lot of reasons for a garage roller door getting stuck.
Read further and try doing the easy fixes.
Change the batteries
In our experience, more often than not, the batteries on your remote are the cause.
Replace the batteries and try opening the door again.
If this does not work, proceed to other fixes.
Remove obstructions around the safety sensors
As per government instructions, all modern garage doors must have safety sensors installed.
The main purpose of this is to prevent the door from closing down in case a child may be below it.
These are located at the bottom part of your garage door.
- Remove any obstructions on the path of the safety sensors.
- Check if both sensors are aligned. Realign it if this is the case.
If it’s stuck, then go to the next fix.
Deactivate Lock Switch
A lock switch may have been installed on your garage door.
This switch is mainly for vacation purposes.
It disables all the garage door remote, thus the door can only be opened via the wall control unit.
This mechanism is used to prevent thieves from opening your garage door while you’re on vacation.
So, press the lock switch again to activate the remote controllers.
If the door is still stuck then you need to open it manually.
If you’ve already checked your batteries and sensors, yet it still won’t open, try opening it manually.
But before that, check the springs above the door and see if it’s broken.
Assuming that the garage door is fully closed and the springs are not broken, do the following:
- Unplug the garage door opener.
- Pull the red cord. This is the emergency release handle located on the rail of the opener. This will let you open the door manually.
- After that, try lifting the garage door. Lift it halfway and see if it slams down. If the door feels heavy or it slams down, you have a faulty spring.
- Check the tracks for obstructions as you lift them.
If this works for you, then the problem is your garage door opener.
Call us immediately if this is the case.
In case the easy fixes above still did not do the job then you may need to diagnose further.
If you live in Fresno, call us, Joaquin Garage Doors, immediately.
We are open 24/7 to cater to your garage door emergencies.
Although if you have experienced fixing garage doors before and forgot some probable cause for a garage roller door getting stuck, read further!
Your garage door is only one part of a whole.
It will not function without the springs, openers, and many more.
As such, there can be a lot of reasons why your garage door keeps getting stuck.
Check to see if you have broken springs.
It is placed either directly above your garage door or on the sides of the horizontal track above.
In this case, call for a professional because repairing this on your own is very dangerous.
A mishap may cause a life-or-death situation.
Check your garage door tracks.
There are vertical tracks and horizontal tracks installed in your garage door.
These are responsible for guiding the rollers.
Look for any bends along the tracks.
If it has a bent, you may be able to straighten it using your mallet or hammer.
A bent one could cause your garage door rollers to go off track.
In that case, call for professional help immediately.
The tracks or rollers may need to be replaced.
Your garage door opener could also be a factor.
If you’ve successfully opened your garage door manually, then this means that you’ve got a faulty garage door opener.
If you do, call for a garage door repair company and get it looked at.
Never attempt to repair your garage door on your own, especially if you’re inexperienced.
If you’re worried about the repair costs, don’t be.
There are many garage door repair companies out there that could offer you affordability and expertise.
Prevention is Key!
To avoid garage door malfunctions a tune-up must be performed.
It is usually done once a year or once in two years, depending on your garage door.
For example, a wooden garage door needs a lot of maintenance.
If you live in Fresno, call Joaquin Garage Doors anytime.
Leave your garage door to us!