What’s Causing Your Garage Door To Jam and How to Fix It

The frustration of a jammed garage door always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. Save yourself some time and some hassle by quickly identifying and solving the problem. There can be many things that are causing your garage door to jam—some of which are easy fixes, and some may need professional help.

Broken Springs
When your garage door is having trouble closing and making a loud noise, it’s probably the springs. Springs only last a certain number of cycles and are usually the first thing to break in a garage door assembly. This is a repair that should be done by a professional. To avoid causing more damage to your garage door and potential harm to yourself, hire a pro for a quick fix.

Limit Setting
If a garage door closes and then immediately opens again, the limit settings may need adjustment. When the limit setting is off, the garage door assumes it’s hit an obstacle and automatically backtracks. You may need to check your owner’s manual for directions on how to fix this one. There should be a limit switch adjustment knob on your console. If your door isn’t closing, you’ll want to adjust your limit setting down and if it isn’t opening, you’ll want to adjust it up. Start with very small adjustments to avoid your door from slamming open or shut.

Door Off Track
Another common culprit to a jammed garage door is the door getting off track. If you think this might be the case, light and watch the door as it goes through the process of opening and closing. Are there any noises? Does it slow down at one point or stop completely? Or is something stuck in the tracks? There may be something keeping your door from sliding through the tracks properly. To fix this problem, loosen the screws on the track and gently push the track back into place. Retighten the screws and test out your work.

Unseen Obstacle
There could be something blocking your door from closing completely, but there can also be less obvious obstacles. It’s possible some debris got caught in the tracks of your garage door and are blocking it from moving. Or your photo-eye could also be blocked. A photo eye detects if there are any obstacles preventing a door from closing—they are generally for safety reason to prevent any possible injury. The photo-eye is a pea-sized detector that is usually located about six inches off the ground. It can even be blocked by dirt and dust. Check all possible obstacles for an easy fix.

Remote Control
It could be that your garage door is just fine and it’s your remote control that’s malfunctioning. It may need to be reprogrammed, need a new battery, or just be out of range. It’s also possible that the antenna on the moto could be damaged or blocked, preventing the remote from communicating with it.