Your garage door is the biggest moving object in your house, and your garage door opener is what makes it open and close. In an age where many people enter their home from the garage, a broken garage door opener may prevent you from getting inside your home.
While bigger problems may require the help of a professional, there are a few steps you can take before calling for help that may allow you to perform your own garage door opener repair.
Manually Test the Garage Door
Before attempting any garage door opener repairs, first determine if the opener is actually the problem. To make sure it is a mechanical issue, test the door to see if it opens and closes smoothly when manually operated. Start by detaching the door from the opener by pulling the operator emergency release and then try to push open or closed. If the door slides smoothly, you know the issue is probably a mechanical malfunction of the opener and not a problem with the springs or rails.
Check the Garage Door Motor
Usually the motors in garage door openers have a thermal cutout switch which keeps them from overheating. Sometimes, however, the gears get jammed and may require repair. You can usually tell if this is the issue because you will hear a humming coming from the motor. In these cases, it is a good idea to call a professional to fix the problem.
Figure Out the Power Source
If your garage door is not opening via your wall unit, find out where the power is coming from. Some units use batteries, and a door that won’t open may simply mean the batteries need to be replaced (this could be the issue with broken garage door remotes as well).
Other wall units are tied into your house’s electrical wiring. If this is the case with your garage door opener, make sure the wires aren’t damaged or exposed. If they are, they may need replacement. Once you verify your wires are intact, check your electricity to your house to make sure you didn’t have a minor power outage or blow a fuse.
Know When to Call a Pro
If your garage door opener still isn’t working after checking the spring and rail systems, the motor and the power source, it is a good idea to call for service. While the problem may be something minor within the garage door opener mechanism, it is better to be safe and get a professional opinion before performing potentially risky repairs.
Call Door Doctor West to get quick and reliable garage door opener repair and advice and get back to the convenience an electrical garage door opener can bring.