A garage door jam may not be a rarity, but it’s important to know what to do if you find yourself in this situation. A jammed door that appears to be stuck will generally require the attention of a professional. Read more to find out the three basic reasons why your door is jamming.
Obstruction On The Track
Something as simple as an object lodged on the track can prevent your door from opening and closing. You’d be amazed at the range of objects that can cause a problem, from electric saws to sneakers or balls. Locating and removing the offending object should clear the track and get you rolling again.
Identification of Worn Or Broken Springs
Before you can identify if the problem lies with your springs, you must first recognize the kind your garage door systems has. Basically, there are two varieties, torsion or extension spring. The former is found above the door and positioned horizontally, while the latter is located on either side of the opening. If on inspection you find any part of the spring is broken or hanging down, then it’s a job for the professionals. Damaged springs can be potentially dangerous and repairing or replacing them is best left to the experts.
The Broken Roller
If your garage door has jumped the rails, it’s probably the cause of a worn or damaged roller. Hidden away by the track, these small but essential rolling components are easily overlooked. Unfortunately, when they fail to function your door is invariably coming off the track and the end result is a jam. Thanks to the design and placement of the roller, for skilled hands, replacing it is both easy and effective, causing minimal downtime.
Don’t Do It Alone
Regardless of whether the problem is a minor issue or major headache, don’t be tempted to do-it-yourself. Repairs should always be carried out by trained professionals. What’s more, regular inspection and maintenance can also extend the shelf life of your entire system.