Imagine coming home after a long day, only to find that your garage door refuses to budge. Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with your garage door being as stubborn as a mule about opening or closing. The following offers a few pointers for troubleshooting and eventually freeing a stuck garage door.
Make Sure the Garage Door Isn’t Locked
A locked garage door won’t budge no matter what you do, short of actually unlocking it. With so many other things happening throughout the day, it is easy to forget that you’ve locked your garage door before leaving your house earlier that day. A quick check can easily solve this issue.
Try Manually Opening the Garage Door
If your garage door is still stuck, go inside through the garage entrance inside your home and try to open the door manually. Simply pull the red emergency release cable located overhead near the front of the garage door. This will disengage the garage door opener, allowing you to lift the door by hand.
If the door opens this way, then there’s probably something wrong with the garage door opener. It’s a good idea to make sure the opener is plugged into its nearby power outlet. Also, make sure the circuit breaker for the garage door opener hasn’t flipped to the “OFF” position. If it has, then there may be an electrical issue that your garage door specialist should check out.
Check Your Remote’s Batteries
When was the last time you checked the batteries in your garage door opener remote? Chances are it’s been around a long time — perhaps even long enough for your remote to suddenly die without any warning. When the batteries in your remote die, so does your ability to open your garage door from the comfort of your vehicle.
Fortunately, a dead battery is an easy fix that can be done within minutes. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to change your remote’s battery and exchange the dead battery for a fresh, new replacement.
Check the Garage Door Track
If you’re still having trouble getting your garage door open, take a look at the tracks. First, check the tracks for dirt and debris buildup, as well as chunks of old lubricant. These obstructions can easily prevent the rollers from traveling smoothly along the tracks.
Next, inspect the tracks for dents, bumps, or warping. If you see any dents or bumps, place a wooden block against the track and use a hammer to knock the dent out of the track. Use a pair of locking pliers to push or pull the track straight if there’s any warping found.
If the track appears too damaged to hammer or bend back into shape, then you may need your garage door specialist to replace the track and conduct any other needed maintenance.
Look for a Broken Garage Door Spring
A broken garage door spring can leave your garage door stuck. Simply look for the garage door spring above the top or sides of your garage door. If the spring appears to sag on its torsion bar or safety cable with a gap in the middle of the spring, then it’s likely broken.
Don’t attempt to replace the garage door spring yourself. Instead, you should have your garage door specialist replace the spring for you.