You’ve just pulled into your driveway at the end of a long day, and your garage door is stuck. Yelling, “Help! My garage door is stuck!” isn’t going to take care of the problem. You pushed the button for the garage door opener several times. Still nothing.
What’s your next step? Where is the manual? It’s probably in the garage. With any luck, you have house keys or someone is home that can let you in the house, so you can try to fix this annoying problem.
There are several possible solutions, so take a deep breath before panicking. If your garage door is 15 years old or older, it’s probably time to replace the unit. If you’ve tried to no avail and your garage door is still stuck, give Door Tech a call, and rest easy.
Possible Easy Solutions If Your Garage Door Is Stuck
Some possible solutions to get your garage door moving again may sound like no-brainers, but sometimes the simplest solution is overlooked.
Check the power source to make sure it’s plugged in. Someone could have inadvertently moved a power cord loosening it without realizing it.
It may have tripped a breaker if you’ve just had a power surge. Check the breaker panel and see if anything is amiss. If the breaker switch has been tripped, flip it back on, and hopefully, that’s the end of your worries.
Need More Solutions?
If the cord that disengages the trolley has been pulled, you’ll need to reconnect it. Most are pretty simple and need to be pushed back into place. Either way, you may want to consult your owner’s manual.
Check the photo-eye sensor to ensure it’s inline correctly, or the garage door won’t operate. If it looks appropriately aligned, look to see that it’s not excessively muddy or dirty. Clean it with a wet towel, and you may be good to go. And it’s good maintenance if nothing else.
Like any remote, your garage door opener runs on batteries. Replace the batteries. If that doesn’t help, you may need a new remote, or it could be some more serious issues.
Some Visual Checks If Your Garage Door Is Stuck
Once in your garage, look for the release cable allowing you to open the door manually. After pulling the red cable, you have more options if your garage door still won’t open.
Take a look at the basic mechanics of the unit. Do the springs look in good shape, or have they become rusted? Calling a professional to replace a spring is much safer if it’s broken than taking that project on yourself.
Do the tracks have excessive dirt, making it nearly impossible for the wheels to glide smoothly? Now might be the time if you’ve never had your garage door opener motor and door serviced.
Did someone dent your garage door while you were gone, making it nonfunctional? A small dent at the right place can wreak havoc on a smooth-running garage door. A careful visual inspection can also help when you call to have your garage door and motor serviced. A professional garage door company can remove minor dents and service the motor.
Having a licensed professional garage door company evaluate the condition of your garage door can save you money in the long run. If you don’t address minor problems, they can turn into major ones and considerably shorten your unit’s life.
If you need a new garage door and opener, Door Tech has you covered. We will have one of our highly skilled technicians meet with you to answer your questions about cost and installation schedules.
If your garage door is stuck and you haven’t found a solution, call Door Tech now so we can get you and your garage door back on track.