This is the second part of a two-part article. Be sure to read the first part before proceeding below.
Now that you read the first part, you can continue below to learn more reasons why your garage door won’t open or close.
1. Broken Springs
With your garage door, there are springs that provide tension to ensure that they slowly come up or come down. They are a crucial part of the opening and closing process of the garage door, and if they are broken, then it is most likely that your garage door will get stuck.
These springs are durable, so they won’t break easily, but they do have a maximum number of cycles, and when this is exhausted, they break. So, it is safe to say that it is quite normal to get broken springs, especially when you constantly use your garage door. You can tell that this is the cause if you hear a loud pop similar to a firecracker or gunshot just as your garage door gets stuck.
When this happens, do not try to fix or move the garage door yourself. Call a professional to deal with it.
2. Snapped Cables
Another common issue that causes garage doors to be stuck is snapped cables. This can be dangerous because cables are responsible for your garage door’s act of lowering or raising itself. Once a cable or cables have snapped, the door may fall back down because there is no support to the door.
In cases of broken springs, cables are the only support left for the garage door and they often break, too. If your spring has snapped trying to get the door closed, but do not do it manually. Your cables could snap anytime, and if you try to move the garage door manually, it could easily fall on you.
Call a professional and have them handle the issue. Do not attempt to make any fixes by yourself as you could get hurt.
3. Misadjusted Sensitivity
The sensitivity settings are the signal that tells the door’s opener how much force is needed to open or close the door. If the settings are not set properly, then the opener will not get the right signals and may think that the door is too lightweight to require that much force when opening. Otherwise, it may think that the door is too heavy for the maximum weight-allowance of the opener.
If the sensitivity settings are wrong, the garage door will not respond. It is best to call a professional who knows how to reprogram the settings.
4. Blocked Remote Signal
If you were pressing the remote to open or close the garage door and it is not responding, it may be possible the signal is blocked, or you are out of range. For these cases, it is often an easy fix—you just need to get closer or adjust the angle at which you are using the remote.
However, it may also be possible that the remote antenna itself has been damaged or obstructed. If you suspect that this is the case, then call someone who can fix it and have it checked.
There you have it, all the reasons behind that stuck garage door. Whenever your garage door is stuck, regardless of what you think the reason may be, it is best to immediately call a professional service. This way, you can make sure that it is fixed safely and that you are not putting yourself at risk.
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