Reasons Your Garage Door Is Stuck
Sitting at home wondering why your garage door is stuck? We can help! It is always easier and faster to get a professional to repair your garage door, but if you are curious and want to find out yourself that's okay too. There are a few basic causes, as well as some simple items that are often overlooked. We will show you what they are and how to deal with them.
A broken spring is the most common cause if your garage door is stuck. The spring is located above the garage door. It is usually pretty easy to tell if it's not working because it will be broken in half. Unfortunately there isn't a lot you can do to prevent this from happening. Routine lubrication can prolong a springs life, but most of the time they will break after 4-6 years. The only option when this happens is to get it replaced. Replacing a spring is quite the process, and if it's done wrong it can be dangerous for everyone. We always recommend having a professional take care of this problem.
The cable is located on either side of the garage door. Cables are attached to two drums and they work together with the spring and opener to roll up your door. Sometimes due to the number of times your garage door rolls up and down every year, the cable can become loose or come completely off. This kind of situation is really just a mess. The cable is one of the essential parts your garage door needs to be able to move, just like the spring. There are helpful videos all over the internet about how to various garage door repairs including cable repair. Unless your cable completely snapped (very unlikely) you could probably do this repair yourself. However, keep in mind that safety can be an issue as you will likely be repairing the biggest piece of machinery in your home. It is always safer to have a professional do the job.
Transmitter/Opener LockedSometimes if you garage door is stuck, it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with your door. Sometimes you just have something locked that doesn't need to be locked. The transmitter on your wall is a fairly common thing people lock accidentally sometimes. If the transmitter is blinking rapidly that means it is locked and the opener will not work. To unlock it, simply hold down the open button on the transmitter for 5 seconds and the blinking should stop. Now your garage should open just fine! Another problem people sometimes have but forget about is that they for whatever reason had manually locked there door. That or sometimes the kids will manually lock it. Or maybe the kiddos did it and you didn't even notice. If your garage door is stuck, it's always a good idea to check the red rope and make sure it is not in the locked position or disconnected from the motor entirely. This will prevent you from paying a service fee for something you could have fixed in 5 seconds.
This is one last check you can do if it really doesn't seem like anything is wrong and your garage door is stuck. First, obvious as it may sound, check and see if the opener is plugged in. Sometimes things come unplugged, or maybe somebody was doing some work with it and unplugged it. Whatever the case it never hurts to check. Second, check the batteries in your remote or whatever you are using to open your garage door. This is easy to overlook and can save you some money by checking. If this still doesn't work then it also wouldn't hurt to have someone else check it out as well. Then, if all else fails, just call a service company! The service is high quality and fast with same-day service. We're ready to see you at Rapid Garage Service or give us a call at (678) 866-1542!