When your garage door doesn't stay open all of the way, it may not seem like a big deal. But if you find yourself hitting the garage door opener several times just to get your garage door to open, it's time to have your garage door serviced. Trouble with the motor, bent tracks, and worn out springs can cause problems with your automatic garage door that you should take care of right away. Left ignored, a garage door that has trouble staying open can eventually slam closed for no apparent reason. Before you find yourself parking in the driveway, or stuck at home because you can't get the garage door open, it's time to call for garage door repair service.
When the Door Won't Stay Open
It doesn't seem like a big problem when the garage door opens all of the way and then closes a couple of inches. While this may not disrupt how your garage door works at the moment, this is a sign that there is a problem with the springs that hold your door open. Over time, the springs will continue to weaken, and eventually your door may fall closed without warning. This can cause an injury to you or a child, or the door can damage your car if it closes down on your way into the garage. Hire a professional to come and check the integrity of the springs in your garage door and make any necessary repairs.
The Door Struggles to Open or Close
A small bend in the garage door track is all it takes for your garage door to struggle during opening and closing. You may not be able to tell what area is bent, but check the tracks to see if there are any obvious problems. Sometimes a bracket will come loose, and you can secure the bracket on your own back to the garage wall or ceiling. Other times there are obstructions in the track that are causing the door to open in a jerking motion. Make sure that the wheels on your garage door are all on correctly, and look for obstructions in the track.
Other reasons your garage door won't open can be simple, such as a loss of power or an obstruction blocking the sensor to your garage door. Check that both sensors that detect motion roughly 18 inches from the ground, are facing one another, or the garage door won't open.