There are an almost countless number of problems that a garage door can encounter over the course of its lifetime. In particular, one of the most common is an inability to fully close or open. Unless you are very familiar with the mechanics of your garage door system, you may not understand what is causing this problem or how to start to repair it. Fortunately, there are two tips you can follow to help determine the cause of the issue.
Inspect The Railing
When your garage door will not fully close, the first thing that you should do is to inspect the railing. Over the course of time, it is common for debris and other particulate matter to accumulate on the rails, and they eventually cause the door to malfunction. If you notice these materials, you should remove them and attempt to close the door again.
During this inspection, you should also look for signs that the door is out of alignment. The primary sign of this problem is visible grinding between the components of your door. If you notice these issues, you should stop attempting to use the door until a technician is able to repair it to prevent causing further damage to it.
Attempt To Close The Door Manually
Often, the reason for the door being stuck is due to a mechanical problem in the opener. These problems can come from a variety of sources, but the primary spring is often to blame. When this spring malfunctions, the door will not have the strength to open the door or it may not have the flexibility to lower it. If you are able to easily close the door manually, this is the best indication that this is the cause of the problem.
Unfortunately, working on the primary spring can be extremely dangerous because this component is under tremendous stress. If it were to snap, it can cause severe injuries to anyone nearby. For this reason, you should always contact a professional garage repair person when you suspect this is the cause of the problem.
A malfunctioning garage door can be a tremendous hassle to deal with, and this is particularly true for those that have never had to address this type of problem. By inspecting the railing and attempting to close the door manually, you can gain a lot of information about the cause of the problem, which can help you to have it remedied as quickly as possible.
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