What to Do if Your Garage Door Is Stuck

January 3, 2022

When you’re trying to get inside after a long day or when you’re running late in the morning, the last thing you want to deal with is a garage door issue—and one of the worst problems to run into in these situations is a garage door that gets stuck when opening or closing.

Even though you may not be able to remedy the problem yourself, it’s still helpful to understand a few reasons a garage door gets stuck.

Keep reading to learn a few of the ways to troubleshoot this garage door situation.

Double-check that it isn’t locked

Before you move on to any of our other troubleshooting tips, make sure that the door isn’t simply locked. We can’t tell you how many homeowners have been frustrated to no end only to find that they could have solved their stuck garage door in two seconds.

Try opening it manually

If the door still isn’t opening after being unlocked, pull the red cord dangling down from the motor. This cord disengages the opener, allowing you to open and close your door by hand. Your issue could stem from faulty opener-wiring if you’re able to open the door manually. This is a situation best left up to a professional garage door repairman.

Replace the remote’s batteries

A door that opens when you press the hardwired garage door button but not when you use the remote typically means the batteries are dead. Like a locked door, this is a quick fix for any homeowner. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions on replacing the batteries, and you should be good to go.

Check the door’s track

Dirt and chunks of old lubricant are just a few of the things that can hinder your garage door rollers. Take a damp rag, and wipe down the tracks, and you may be able to solve the situation by yourself. A stuck garage door may also be due to warped or dented tracks. If that’s the case, you’ll need to bring in a professional.

Inspect the sensors

Dirty safety sensors often cause a garage door to stay closed even after pressing the button or using the remote control. Try wiping them clean with a damp rag, and see if that solves the issue. If not, you may want to have a professional come and take a look at your door.

Look for a broken garage door spring

The most dangerous cause of a stuck garage door is a broken or loose spring. Check to see if a spring is sagging or sticking upwards, and call a pro if that’s the case. Trying to replace a garage door spring by yourself could lead to severe injuries.

Call our team first

Save yourself a bunch of time and energy by just calling Denton Overhead Door & Garage Door Repair when your garage door gets stuck. We offer same-day repair services, so there’s no reason to get stuck waiting around for a repairman to show up at your home or commercial business. Call us today to see what we can do for you and your door.

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