Leighton Buzzard Bedford Milton Keynes

Published on 31 May 2018

broken garage doorIf your manual garage door just doesn’t want to open, this is probably causing you a great deal of frustration. Since a garage can house anything from cars and gym equipment to table tennis tables and DIY tools, there’s a good chance that there’s something in there that you’d like but don’t have access to. To help solve this problem, this article will explore the most common causes of a garage door that won’t shut, and offer their respective solutions.

Damaged torsion springs

Your garage torsion springs are absolutely vital to the door’s opening mechanism, since it’s the torsion springs which can lift the door’s great weight. So, as you can imagine, if a torsion spring fails or breaks, you might find that your garage door has quickly become a great deal heavier. If you were in fact there when the spring snapped, you would have heard a loud bang.

So what’s the solution? In order to get your garage door back in working order, you will need to get the torsion springs replaced. Unfortunately, this is not something that you should do yourself. Given the risks involved, this sort of job is best left to the professionals.

Broken cables

In order for your garage to open and close in a slow and steady fashion, your cables need to be in proper working order. So, if you’re cables are damaged you will find that, if you don’t attempt to stop it, your garage will close with a bang once drawn open.

As you know, this problem carries with it some serious risks of injury, whether from the slamming garage door or the cables themselves, so make sure that you never attempt to fix this yourself. Instead, call a technician to have a look at the cables.

Track misalignment

Misalignment of, or damage to, the garage door tracks can be very problematic. If this is the case, when you open your garage door, it won’t do so smoothly and, in some cases, may simply not open at all. Here are some other telltale signs of track problems: gaps between the rollers and the rail, components that are misshapen and a rubbing noise.

Fixing this problem ultimately depends on the severity of the damage. If the misalignment isn’t that bad, you may simply be able to use a hammer or a mallet to knock it back into place. However, if the damage is particularly severe, it is best to simply call in a technician to take a look at the problem; better safe than sorry!


If, after a thorough look, you are still experiencing problems with your garage door, simply give our team a call and we’ll be happy to help. As leading garage door specialists with over 40 years of experience, our family run business has values based on quality and the best in customer service. With free site surveys and quotations, and experts on hand every step of the way, you can rest assured your project will go without a hitch.

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