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Why won't my garage door open?

Posted by Terri Monahan on Wed, Mar 07, 2012 @ 09:15 AM


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Why won’t my garage door open?

 So your garage door won’t open. That is always a frustrating situation, especially when it is raining or snowing out or your car is inside. 

There are numerous reasons why your door won’t open:

  • Broken spring
  • Broken cable
  • Battery in the remote is dead
  • Blown fuse in breaker box
  • Gear stripped in operator 

So how do you know what happened? The first thing to determine is if it is the door or the operator that has the problem. So let’s go inside the garage. 

  • Are there any cables hang loose from along the track?
  • Any gaps in the springs above the door or on each side of the tracks?
  • Are there any door parts lying on the garage floor?
  • Is the door hard to open once you disconnect it from the operator? 

If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes than you have a door problem. If they are no, then we need to look a bit closer. 

  • Are there any plastic shavings on the floor below the operator powerhead?
  • Does the door open with another remote or the “wireless” keypad?
  • Is there a fuse blown in the breaker box?
  • Have you tried a new battery in the remote?
  • Is the door easy to lift manually after you disconnect the operator from it?

If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes that you probably have a problem with the operator. 

So now what?

You can try to repair the door or operator yourself or you can call your local Overhead Door Company distibutor to come and fix it for you.  In either case, don’t use the door until you get it fixed. If your car is stuck in, talk to a professional and ask for advice or help on how to open the door to get the car out just one time.

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Topics: Overhead Door Company Distributor, garage door won't open, broken cable, broken spring, remote, operator