Garage Door Won't Open? Here's Why.

garage door partially opened with car inside

If you open your garage door and it gets stuck, either partially open or fully open, you must wonder – what’s the point? It can be a frustrating experience, totally negating the instant convenience of using a garage door opener. The situation can grow more stressful, too, if the malfunction happens for no obvious reason.

“Why is My Garage Door Stuck?” – Possible Explanations

There are many different reasons for a stuck garage door. Our experienced garage door team explores the most prevalent ones below in detail.

The Weather

If you experience a garage door sticking during a cold winter, ice may have built up and put pressure on your springs. Even if you clear the ice, the spring may be damaged and could need replacing. If you do find that your problem is a broken spring, contact a garage door professional immediately.

Trying to replace a garage door spring yourself is dangerous and you could void your garage door warranty. If your springs are not damaged or broken, try making sure your door and its system parts are free of snow and ice, and see if the problem resolves.

Broken Garage Door Springs

There are different kinds of garage door springs that may break down over time, but the ones our garage door service professionals get the most calls about throughout Loveland are torsion springs. Despite their name, torsion springs are subjected to bending rather than torsional stress. Torsion or other garage door springs are difficult and dangerous to replace. We recommend always calling a professional for these kinds of repairs.

Accidental Locking?

Don’t laugh and don’t be embarrassed, either, if this happens to you. In some cases, a homeowner will accidentally lock the door, or there could be an issue with the remote code.

Something’s Blocking the Door.

Obstructions can prevent the garage door from opening and closing properly. This can be the result of small stones, leaves, and dirt which has collected in the rails. We’ve also dislodged small balls or toys from garage door rails, so don’t be surprised if this happens to you. It’s a good idea to inspect rollers, tracks, and hinges for trash that might be preventing the garage door from closing.

A Problem With the Sensor.

This is another common cause we see from time to time. If the door sensors are blocked or dirty, they can prevent the door from opening or closing properly. Sometimes we get called out for garage door repair work, and it involves nothing more than cleaning or readjusting sensors on either side of the door. It’s an inexpensive fix which most homeowners can handle on their own.

The Garage Door Is Off the Track.

Garage doors are installed with rollers on either side which permit it to glide down the track when opening or closing. If the rollers are dislodged from the track the door will get stuck. You can spot this pretty easily. Just look along both tracks and look for a roller outside the track. If you see one, that’s a likely culprit.

Is the Garage Door Opener Motor Faulty?

Nothing lasts forever, especially mechanical components responsible for opening and closing the average U.S. garage door more than 1,500 times each year. If the motor powering the garage door opener is kaput, then your garage door probably won’t open or close properly. An obvious sign of trouble is if you hear grinding sounds coming from the motor when the door is opening. In this case, the main drive gear might need to be replaced. This is the most common garage door opener component that will fail over time. It takes a fair amount of know-how to replace it, so call a professional for a free inspection.

Faulty Power

It’s not uncommon for garage doors to get stuck open during a power outage. That will normally resolve itself once the utility company has restored electricity. But faulty power could also be a circuit breaker issue. We’ve also been called out to a home for a stuck garage door, only to discover the garage door opener was accidentally disconnected from its power source – as in, someone inadvertently pulled out the power cord. Don’t laugh, it happens.

Problems With the Tracks

Besides the door slipping off the tracks, there can be other problems, too. Tracks and rollers need lubrication for the door to open or close properly, and you can apply grease a few times a year, but make sure it’s specifically a garage door lubricant. The tracks can also be dirty or need straightening.

Safety First

We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you to always be careful when working around garage doors and mechanical components. Remember, a garage door can weigh hundreds of pounds and cause severe damages or life-threatening injuries if it falls. Torsion springs are especially dangerous, as the wound-up pressure if released uncontrolled could be equally devastating.

If your garage door is stuck, it’s critical to follow safety precautions. Better yet, call a garage door repair specialist who’s trained for just such an occasion. If you’re trying to fix a garage door that’s stuck open, be sure to turn the door opener off. If possible, safely pull the garage door manually until it’s before trying any repair, but if you get resistance, stop.

Call the Best

C & M Garage Doors has been a Loveland fixture since 1994. Our staff has provided service to hundreds of satisfied customers, and we’re known for services and premium products at affordable prices. Call us today at 970-663-7335 for more information or go online to request a no-cost inspection.

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