So you’ve come home from a long day’s work, and the first thing you notice is your garage door isn’t working. What a welcome home gift. Before calling the garage repairman, give the troubleshooting tips a below a try first. You may be able to fix the problem yourself and save a few bucks.
If your garage door won’t open, it’s usually caused by something quite common that will be easy for you to fix yourself. To start with, make sure the batteries in your remote aren’t dead. This seems like an obvious place to start, but you’d be surprised how many people overlook this basic first step. If you’ve been using the same set of batteries for awhile, it may be time for some new ones.
Also, make sure there isn’t anything blocking the signal on your remote or the garage door receiver. Again, pretty obvious, but often overlooked. When checking the garage door unit, make sure it is plugged in. It’s not uncommon to find out the unit has come unplugged. If it is plugged in, check your circuit breaker to see if it has been tripped. If so, only reset it, and you should be good to go.
Sometimes your garage door will stick when opening or closing. It will open and close, but gets stuck while doing so instead of opening and closing fluidly. If your garage door is sticking, it’s probably time to lubricate the hinges and rollers. Dirt and debris can accumulate in the trackway, so check that out too. If needed, give it a good cleaning and remove any potential obstructions.
This isn’t meant to be a full-blown manual on garage door repair, so it’s possible your issue isn’t covered here. However, before calling in the pros, check to make sure your issue isn’t covered here first.