5 Reasons Your Roller Door Won't Open


Roller doors are the perfect solution if you need a garage door that rolls out of the way but doesn't take up a lot of overhead space. These doors are made of narrow hinged segments, which roll around a spindle above the door opening, which houses the springs and automatic door motor. If the door won't open or is getting stuck, one of the following issues is the likely culprit.

1. Lack Of Lubrication

Poor lubrication can result in a door that just won't move, or it may move jerkily and loudly when it does open. Using garage door lubricant on the tracks, track rollers and segment hinges should improve operation. If the hinges are rusted or damaged, they may require cleaning or replacement prior to lubrication. 

2. Segment Damages

Damages to the segments or the hinges that connect them can affect door operation. Segment damages, including warping and dents, can be the result of impacts such as from a car. Weather and temperature fluctuations can also cause segment damage. If the damage is minor, your repair tech can carefully hammer it out and repaint the door, if necessary. Severe damage may require a segment or whole door replacement. 

3. Track Misalignment

If either track that frames the door opening is out of alignment, the friction can lead to a stuck door. Sometimes the door completely fails to operate, or it may raise and lower unevenly. A minor alignment issue may result in a door that opens and closes, but the movement is jerky and loud. Realigning the tracks and replacing any damaged track rollers should solve the issue.

4. Failing Torsion Springs

Unlike other garage door styles, roller door springs are hidden inside the rolling spindle and aren't easily accessible to the non-professional. Over time these springs can break or stretch out, which means they won't be able to open the door or they won't lift it completely. A repair tech can open the spindle and replace the springs if they have failed.

5. Motor Failure

If your door has an automatic opener, the problem could lie in the opener and not the door itself. When the motor fails, it may completely cease operations or it may fail over time. A motor that is making loud noises, opening the door slower than usual, or that raises a door with jerky movements are all signs that the motor is failing.

Contact a roller door service and repair contractor for more assistance with a failing garage door. 


21 October 2022

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