When your garage door doesn't open or close, you aren't able to access the inside of your garage, which means you cannot park your car in your garage, or you aren't able to get your car out of your garage without a lot of effort. If your garage door isn't opening and closing, it's a problem that needs to be remedied. This is something you may be able to handle on your own. Read on for some repair tips that may help you.
1. Level Your Garage Door
If your garage door isn't level, it may not open or close. It could have gotten out of whack from hitting it with your vehicle, or from time - opening and closing for years and years can do this to a door. The screws can loosen over time and cause this issue. To level your garage door, there are a few things you can do. Use a level to level the door and the guides on either side of your door. Tape it in place to get it level, then tighten the screws to hold it in place. Level the guides and your door, then test it to see if it will open properly and close as it should.
2. Test For Power
If your garage door opener doesn't have any power to it, this could be the issue. Test it to see if there is any power going to it. Check the fuse to see if it has blown, then reset it and test it to see if it will open or close. If your fuse hasn't blown, test for power to the opener itself. You could have an issue with the motor on the garage door opener and may need to have it repaired or replaced. If this is the case, you should hire a professional repairman to help you.
3. Adjust The Sensors
The sensors on the rails of your garage door may be dirty or they could be directed in the wrong direction, making your garage door unable to open or close. Adjust the sensors so they are facing the proper direction, then clean them to get rid of any dirt or dust that may be on them. Wipe them with a clean, soft cloth.
If your garage door isn't opening or closing, you can use the information above to help you, or you can hire garage door repair services.