Trying to open or close your garage door that simply won’t budge can be extremely frustrating, especially when you have an important appointment or meeting to attend and you can’t seem to get your car out of the garage.
When your garage door is stuck, the first thing you should do is check the batteries in the remote. If dead batteries are not the problem, then following these three steps might help resolve the issue.
Check the Garage Door Springs
The springs in your garage door help to lower or lift it easily, despite its heavy weight. Broken springs can cause the garage door to get stuck.
A typical garage door has two types of springs—extension springs and torsion springs. Extension springs are located on both sides of the garage door. Check if any piece of the spring is hanging. If it is, then the extortion spring of your garage door is broken. The torsion springs are located on the top of the door. To see if they’re broken, check if there is a gap between these springs.
Broken garage door springs need to be replaced. But attempting to replace them yourself can be dangerous. It’s better to leave the job to an experienced professional.
Inspect the Engine of the Garage Door Opener
If your garage door is stuck and the garage door opener is making a grinding sound, there is a high chance there is a fault in the engine of the garage door opener.
The issue is usually caused when the main driver gear in the engine is not working and needs to be replaced. The plastic gear is an intricate component that requires prior experience and expertise to be replaced, which is why you should consider hiring a professional repair service to solve the issue.
Test the Lock Switch
Almost every garage door opener comes with a wall control unit. The control unit has a lock button, also known as the ‘vacation button.’
If the lock button is pressed, it locks out every garage door remote. This comes in handy, when you’re away from your house for a long time and don’t want anyone to break into your house by gaining access to one of the remotes.
If you have activated the lock switch, your garage door can only be controlled through the wall control unit. If this is the case, you can simply resolve the issue by pressing the lock switch.
Using these tips might help to fix the issue with your garage door, but it’s wise to hire a professional garage door repair service such as R&Q Overhead Door to properly diagnose and fix the issue without causing further damage.