Repairing and Replacing Your Garage Door Opener

If your garage door isn’t working properly, it could be a number of problems. The solution could be as easy as replacing the garage door remote batteries or as involved as replacing the entire garage door. More often than not, it’s something in between those two extremes.

You’ll definitely want to do some troubleshooting of your own before calling any experts. Make sure that there is nothing in the way that’s keeping your garage door from opening and closing. There are lasers on either side of your garage door that detect objects, and if something is blocking them, your garage door won’t function.

Next, make sure that all the tracks for the door are properly aligned. Check to make sure that none of them are slanted, and make sure that all of the screws are tightened and the fasteners are in place and adjusted properly. Make sure that the door itself is still in the tracks.


Check your garage door opener as well. Often, this is the source of the problem when a garage won’t function properly. Make sure it’s well-oiled and that all of the parts seem to be in place. Take a rag doused in some generic house cleaner and clean all the dust off the machine as well. Sometimes it is just a matter of too much dust or dirt being stuck in crevices.

If your garage door still isn’t working, you may want to call your local garage door repair company and have them send someone over to take a look at it. It may be the case that your garage door is under warranty, and the company where you purchased it can provide you with free repairs. If not, garage door repairs are fairly affordable. You may end up having to purchase a new garage door opener if it can’t be repaired.

Garage door openers are durable machines that last a long time, so spending good money for a quality garage door opener is a valuable investment in the end. You use your garage door every day, so you want to equip it with parts that last.

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