Jammed Garage Door?
Picture this: it’s a beautiful sunny day outside.
It’s the perfect time to go out for a ride on the road but, as soon as you enter your garage to grab your car, the garage door opens only halfway through.
That could be a jammed garage door, an everyday issue experienced by most garage door owners.
By nature, owners would immediately want to fix the problem as soon as possible, so they manually do it by themselves.
However, your handy skills may not able to solve all these issues all the time.
It’s best if you call the professional, surely there are garage door repair services in Etobicoke, around Toronto, Mississauga, Markham and Newmarket areas that could immediately solve the problem.
Before that, you would want to learn more about how these things happen to garage doors.
Here are some of the possible factors that could help you in identifying and understanding what causes a jammed garage door and the possible solutions to this issue.
1.) Look for the obstruction of the jammed garage door
The first thing you would have to do is to try and identify the source of the problem.
You need to turn off the garage door’s operating system and give it a visual inspection.
Keep your eyes open for possible physical flaws such as a loose screw, an object wedged in between the garage door’s tracks or even loosened hardware.
Remove the item that is blocking the machinery from working, and try to restart the setup again.
This type of obstruction is just one of the few many possible and apparent cases of getting a garage door jammed.
2.) Check the garage door’s track for signs of misalignment
Garage tracks are durable stainless steel found on the vertical or horizontal side of the garage door.
Still, even with the heavy metalwork that these garage tracks go through to remain robust for garage door openers, these garage tracks would often have dents, causing possible malfunctions that may lead to a garage door getting jammed.
Once you spot a bending part on a garage track, you can try gently straightening it back.
Dents, however, can’t easily be solved by hand immediately.
These happen once garage door tracks are often hit by heavy objects, causing them to bend and form a dent that will cause corrosion on the garage door track’s metal in which may lead to a stuck garage door.
When unsure, you can always call the professional for more safe and expert assessment of the problem.
3.) The garage door springs broke
One of the more obvious possible reasons as to why your garage door is stuck could be another case of obstruction, which is having the springs of the garage door broken.
There are garage doors whose type of springs are torsion springs, and these springs are set horizontally on top of the garage door.
Once these torsion springs show signs of a gap between them, these could lead to a problem, such as getting your garage door jammed.
Handling broken springs on your own could be quite a risky task because one small mistake could cause a slip-up and damage your stuck garage door.
Best to call a professional to have the spring replaced immediately.
4.) The garage door has roller problems
Rollers are one of the most vital mechanic parts in a garage door; these roller parts are mostly located along the garage door’s track.
Rollers are used on the tracks to go up and down through the rails. Some rollers are made out of different materials, some are steel, and some are nylon.
Once you hear funny noises from the rails of the garage door track, it means that there’s something wrong with the roller, and it’s time to get it checked.
One of the reasons for the rollers getting involved in a jammed garage door would be because of corrosion or just them slipping out.
Loose rollers can be handled by yourself, with just tightening and putting it back to its place.
However, if this isn’t the case or maybe it’s because of roller corrosion, time to seek professional help.
5.) The door is locked
Most garage door owners have manual garage door openers but, in the case of those auto garage door owners, try checking the auto-lock function.
However, if the turning of the auto-lock function still doesn’t work, try manually closing and opening the garage door until the professional comes.
Garage Door Repairs tips, recommendations and frequently asked questions
Why does my garage door opener light bulb keep dying?
First, check for any shaking of the garage door during operation. Usually, excessive vibration can cause the filament in your opener's bulb to prematurely expire.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should ALWAYS be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
Does my garage door require maintenance?
Yes. How often you will require garage door maintenance all depends on how much the door is being used. Generally, we perform the following to ensure your garage door is working properly and tuned up: We do a visual inspection of all the moving parts. We ensure the tracks; rollers and hinges are clean and lubricated properly. We make sure all nuts and bolts are tight and clean. We manually run the operator and door through a cycle to make sure it is running quietly and smoothly. Also, We check the door balance at various opening heights. If the garage door passes all these test, congratulations, you do not need a tune-up.
Can I use the old tracks for a new garage door?
Using old garage door tracks with a new garage door is quite dangerous. Surprisingly or not, many home and business owners try to reduce costs on a new garage door installation by reusing their old garage door track with new panels. While this might reduce the cost, the new door can get damaged faster than normal and derail.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous. You should call a professional garage door technician.
How long does it take to change a garage door?
if done properly, roughly 3 to 4 hours.