You might not often think about the awesomeness of your automatic garage door, but if you do, you’ll realize it’s a VIP entrance to your home (and can help keep your car cozy and protected in your garage). But you never realize how cool your garage door really is until it decides to play hard to get – by not opening or closing.
From minor issues like a noisy door to more significant problems like a door that won’t open or close, learning how to give your garage door opener a little regular TLC and troubleshoot those quirks will save you time, money, and frustration.
Here’s a quick guide to get yourself out of a pickle and your car into the garage!
Step 1: Visual Inspection
The first step in troubleshooting any garage door issue is to conduct a thorough visual inspection. Click here for a graphic of all the parts of a standard garage door.
Stand inside your garage with the door closed and examine the various components:
Step 2: Look into Sensor Alignment
Garage doors are equipped with safety sensors that prevent the door from closing if an object is in its path. If you’re having an issue with your garage door, ensure the sensors are properly aligned and free from debris:
Step 3: Investigate Remote and Keypad Issues
If your remote control or keypad isn’t working as expected, consider these troubleshooting steps:
Step 4: Testing Door Balance
If your garage door has somehow become lopsided, it may be causing issues with the opener. Check your door’s balance like this:
Step 5: Make Sure All Safety Features Are Working
Make sure your Auto-Reverse Safety Feature is operating properly to prevent accidents and getting stuck:
By following these step-by-step guidelines, you should be able to address minor issues and determine when it’s time to call a professional for more complex problems.
Remember, safety should always be a priority. If you’re unsure about any aspect of garage door troubleshooting, it’s best to seek the help of a trained technician.
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