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Top 3 Reasons Your Garage Refuses to Open

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Why Can’t My Garage Open?

Imagine this common scenario. You’re just standing there. You’re pressing the buttons on your remote and nothing is happening. And it’s raining. Okay, maybe it’s not raining, but what’s the use of a garage door opener if it won’t work?

What could be the reason your garage door isn’t opening? Our team at Tanners Garage Door is well-versed in a variety of garage door repairs, including garage door opener repair. We have come to some conclusions about why you might be facing a problem with your garage door.

Here are the top three reasons why your garage door isn’t opening:

1. Broken garage door spring

Many times a garage door fails to open due to a broken or faulty spring. We put this as the number one reason because garage door spring repair is one of the most common issues we see at Tanners Garage Door.

If you have a broken garage door spring, you won’t be able to lift the garage door at all. When completing the door balance test, be sure to proceed with extreme caution, or have someone there to hold the other side of the garage door in case it falls suddenly.

If you’re unsure, there is a door balance test you can perform without a Tanners Garage Door professional. If your garage door springs are still intact or they’re working better with added garage door lubricant, your door should open quite easily and without excessive force.

top 3 reasons why your garage door isn't opening

1) Disengage the opener by pulling the emergency manual release cord hanging from the opener.

2) Lift the garage door to your knees and then release.

3) Repeat lifting the garage door to your waist and release.

4) Repeat lifting the garage door once more to your shoulders and release slowly making sure it doesn’t fall full force.

When completing the door balance test, be sure to proceed with extreme caution, or have someone there to hold the other side of the garage door in case it falls suddenly.

2. Broken or Disconnected Cable

Make sure to check every part of your garage door’s mechanical system. We’ve already discussed the importance of garage door springs, but have you checked the track, the pulley, or the cables? If any of the garage door system’s moving parts are missing or broken, this immediately affects how your garage door operates.

If there are fragments or broken pieces from your garage door’s hardware on the ground, that is an automatic sign your garage door needs immediate repair.

reasons your garage door isn't opening

3. Your Garage Door Opener has gone bad

When you’ve ruled out all the other possibilities of why your garage door won’t open, maybe your garage door opener has gone bad. Certain things have an expiration date! If your garage door is frequently or excessively used as your home’s entrance, odds are your garage door opener just decided to stop working.

Whatever the model of garage door opener you own, every garage door opener has an option to disengage from the garage door in order to reset. It’s one of those classics, turn off, turn back on suggestions. If your garage door remote needs new batteries, replace them and try using your garage door opener now.

There are some warning signs that garage door openers show before completely dying as discussed on our Garage Door Openers page. The worst-case scenario is your garage door becomes dangerous due to an unpredictable garage door opener. Avoid a safety risk by contacting Tanners Garage Door for garage door opener repair.

Top 3 reasons why your garage door isn't opening

Call Tanners Garage Door For Help

It’s okay if you can’t rule out exactly why your garage door isn’t opening. You have Tanners Garage Door! Contact us right away if you ruled out your garage door springs, garage door cables, or garage door opener being the reason why your garage door isn’t opening. Do not attempt to take on full garage door repair DIY style! If you’ve followed this article by safely inspecting your garage door, you’ve done your part from home. Tanners Garage Door is available for garage door service appointments when you call us at (469) 345-6270 or for more information.

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