If your garage door is stuck shut or won't close properly, there are a few problems that could be causing this. Some are minor and won't require any repairs while others are a bit more serious. When you go out to investigate, figuring out the type of problem you are having can help you find the source; your garage door and opener have many components, but analyzing the problem can actually be a quick process.
When Your Door Opener Doesn't Move
If you press your garage door opener's remote or wall switch and nothing happens (e.g., it makes no sounds and makes no attempt to move), the best place to start is by looking at your garage door opener itself. There are a few components here that could be causing the problem:
When Your Door Moves Partially
A door that won't open or close all the way could be physically blocked from doing so. This is often the case if your door tries to move but you hear clunking or grinding sounds. Garage doors and their tracks need to be aligned carefully to make sure they can open and close smoothly.
When Your Door Falls Closed
If you've tried closing your garage door and it seems to fall to the ground rather than being set down gently, you could have a broken or worn tension spring. These are designed to bear most of the weight of the door, but if it's not working, your door may slam shut or have difficulty opening all the way.
When the Motor Runs but the Door Doesn't Move
If you use an automatic garage door opener, it has a disconnect switch that disconnects the door from the motor chain and lets you open and close it manually. If this has been disconnected for any reason, the motor will run, but nothing will happen. With the door fully closed, look at the disconnect switch (usually located near the end of the chain farthest from the motor) and make sure it's connected properly. For assistance, contact a professional like Duncan Door Service Inc.Share
27 August 2015
When my husband and I first built our home, we had no idea which kind of garage door would blend in with the exterior facade of our place. However, after we mulled over a bunch of different options, we decided to go with a few fancy, carriage door styled garage doors. In addition to adding an old-world feel to our place, they also worked incredibly well. I know that it sounds silly, but our garage doors are one of my favorite things about our new place. I want you to love your garage doors as much as I love mine, which is why I built this website.