In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the common culprits behind sticking garage doors. These issues may be relatively minor, caused by an easily-removed blockage or sensor issue, or could trace back to installation concerns or long-term wear-down that require professional repairs or replacements.
At Crawford Door Sales, we’re here to help regardless of the severity of the issue. We provide not only high-quality garage door repair services in addition to our garage door products and installations, but also expertise and tips to garage door owners looking to safely and effectively troubleshoot minor issues. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few other types of garage door sticking causes and what you can do to troubleshoot them effectively.
Freezing and Weather Issues
As we noted in part one, maybe the most common cause of sticking garage doors – particularly during winter in a place like Utah – is freezing. This takes place due to ice building up and putting pressure on the springs, which can not only cause the door to stick but also damage the springs and eventually cause them to require premature replacement.
In cases where springs appear intact, you should take proper steps to remove and prevent ice from forming in this area, including improving ventilation methods. If you notice damage to your springs, do not attempt to repair them yourselves – call our garage door repair professionals so you do not risk your safety or voiding your door warranty.
Pulleys and springs are vital for moving the garage door along its track, but they may jam based on wear-and-tear or obstructions that take place. Once again, this is easily handled on your own if it’s an easily removable obstruction, but in cases where the actual items are worn down based on wear-and-tear, you should call our team about repairs or replacements.
Remote, Lock and Sensor Checks
Some of the other common causes of sticking garage doors are very easy to check on your own. Ensure your garage’s remote and opener are working and connected properly, for one; also check to ensure you haven’t simply locked your garage door, causing it to stay in place rather than opening.
In addition, check to ensure your garage door sensors are in-place and working properly. These photo eye sensors may cause the door not to operate if they sense an obstruction in its pathway.
Calling the Pros
If you’ve checked over each of the areas we’ve summarized to this point and still cannot get to the bottom of a sticking garage door, the time has come to take off the DIY cap and call our professionals. We’ll help you diagnose issues that can’t always be spotted by the naked eye, plus recommend the most cost-effective solution, whether that’s repair or replacement.
For more on a stuck garage door and how to remedy it, or to learn about any of our garage door installation or maintenance services, speak to the staff at Crawford Door Sales today.