When your garage door is stuck, it can be very frustrating. There are several issues that could cause it to stick, but luckily, there are a couple things that you can do to troubleshoot the problem and get your door running smoothly again.
Check for Obstructions
Even a small thing in the tracks of your garage door could keep it from going up and down. You may not even be able to see that there is anything in the way before you get up close and personal with the tracks. You will need to get a ladder or step stool to stand on so you can check the tracks from the top down. Use a flashlight to help you see everything easier. An overhead light could cast shadows into the tracks, making it easy to miss something. Check out both tracks, then spray the track and the wheels with some kind of lubricating oil. Be careful, too much oil can actually attract dirt that could cause further problems. Try opening the door again. If it opens, watch it open and close a couple of times so that you can see if the door is continuing to hang up anywhere.
Check the Springs and Pulleys
Checking the springs and pulleys is something that you need to be very careful doing. That's because the springs are under a lot of tension. If something happens and the springs break while you are looking at them, you could get very badly hurt. Don't touch them; just do a thorough visual inspection. If the springs look like they are out of alignment or like a piece has become disconnected, you need to call in a professional to take care of that. He or she will have plenty of practice in checking out the springs safely and can make any necessary repairs.
If you have done these two things and your garage door still isn't working, you may just need a new door. The same professional who helped you with the springs and pulleys can also help you find a new garage door that will work well for your needs. He or she will be able to suggest a wide variety of doors to meet your tastes. There are so many options with modern garage doors that it will be easy to find one to match the style of your home. Contact a representative from a company like Doors Unlimited for help today.