If your garage door suddenly stops working, don’t panic! Fixing the problem doesn’t have to be a time consuming or expensive project. A broken garage door could be the result of a number of different things – some you may even be able to fix yourself! But please remember that a broken garage door can be dangerous, so don’t attempt major repairs if there’s the slightest chance will cause harm to yourself or someone around you. Here are a few garage door repairs you can take care of yourself.

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Misaligned Sensors

If the problem is that your garage won’t close all the way, it may be because the sensors are not aligned. Sensors stop the door from closing and potentially causing damage to a vehicle, person or pet in the path of the opening and closing garage door. Perform the following to check if the sensors are misaligned:

  1. Keep in mind there is typically one sensor on each side of the garage
  2. Check the positioning of the sensors – they should be facing each other
  3. Some will indicate they are correctly aligned by blinking or maintaining a light
  4. Check to see if there is anything blocking the path of the sensors
  5. If there is, simply move the obstacle out of the way

Garage Door Opener

If you have a garage door opener that won’t open the door when you press the button, the opener may be your problem. This may sound like a no brainer but before buying a new opener, check for the following garage door opener issues:

  • Check the plug to see if the opener cord is plugged into a working outlet – this can be one of the most common reasons that electric garage doors do not open.
  • Often, door openers have a ‘lock’ feature – make sure this is not activated. Check the owner’s manual if you do not know how to utilize this feature.

If you have checked both of these things and still have no luck, then the battery may need to be changed. If you have had the garage opener a long time, it may be time to invest in a new one.

Worn Out Gears

The gears of the tracks that your garage door moves on may be the problem if you are hearing noise but aren’t seeing any movement. The gears, and sometimes the track itself, can become worn or damaged, which won’t allow the door to open or close. This can sometimes be fixed by simply cleaning or realigning it.

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Call Motor City Door for Quick Garage Door Repairs

Sometimes, we can’t fix everything ourselves. If you try your best to identify the problem and fix it but still aren’t having any luck, it’s time to call in the experts. The professionals at Motor City Door will be happy to help you in whatever your garage door service/repair needs may be. Contact us for a free quote today!

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