Your Garage Door Won’t Open, Here’s What to Do!

You may be at a loss as to the right steps to take when your garage door won’t open. This may be common in older garage door systems, but the root problem isn’t always easy to find. Here are a few of the usual suspects, and what you can do about them.

Disclaimer: If you’re reading this after a catastrophic failure, I.e a loud bang, garage door slams shut, a track comes loose. Please do not try to open the door with the opener or by yourself. Most garage doors easily exceed an excess of 200 lbs and can cause serious injury if handled improperly.

Quick Garage Door Fixes

Check Your Opener

The opener itself is one possible culprit and a quick battery check and replacement typically solves the problem.  Further examination is often necessary to ensure there are no underlying issues. At Aladdin Doors, we are authorized Liftmaster dealers and have experience with a wide range of technology that will be able to fulfill and fix your opener needs.

Clean the Photo Eyes

There’s a laser beam that detects if anything is in the way of the garage door, and dirt and dust can disable it. The actual eye is about the size of a pea and typically found about a half foot up from the very bottom of the door. Wipe it down with a clean cloth, and then retry the door. You may also want to check the state of the cord it’s attached to, and replace if necessary.

Check the Disconnect Switch

Sometimes when you’re doing something unrelated in the garage, you end up hitting the disconnect switch by accident. Some doors come with an emergency red lever that’s hard to miss, but others come with a less obvious switch. This switch is what allows you to work the door by hand in the event of a power outage, and it may come in handy even if it’s not the underlying problem. For example, if you’re in a rush to get to work and need to open the door right away.

Reset the Sensitivity

Your door has certain sensitivity levels that it responds to before it starts to move. If they’re not set correctly, then your garage door will stay where it is. Check the owner’s manual and see if resetting the limits solves the problem.

Reprogram the Remote

This tip is obviously not as simple as replacing the batteries, but it may not be as difficult as you think. While each remote is different, you should see Menu options to make changes or to reset the original settings on the remote.

Use Your Eyes

A lot of the work you’ll do to maintain your garage is tied up in how well you can visually inspect the components of your door. The cables, bolts, and springs all play a large part in how your garage door functions. You may just need to tighten up a support bracket to get your door to open again. And it can never be stressed often enough: never try to fix the springs on your own. Just one mistake can prove fatal for the curious homeowner.

Other Potential Issues


The springs on your door are what allow the door to move and need immediate and careful examination when they are not functioning properly. There are risks of further damage and injury when the springs malfunction. Our technicians typically replace all springs at once so they wear evenly over time, similar to replacing vehicle tires. 


When you have faulty rollers, it could mean the wheels on the garage door track are rusted or worn down. These types of issues can sometimes be accompanied by a loud, screeching noises when the door operates. They are not an easy fix as not many people have spare rollers lying around their garage, and the replacement takes a good deal of experience and knowledge.

A Door Off Its Tracks

There is also a possibility of your garage door being off its tracks, and this is usually the most imperative issue. It can cause injury to you, or others, or structural damage. Simply giving the door a push back into place may seem like a quick DIY fix, but more likely than not, there will be injury and harm involved, and it won’t solve the problem. It is highly recommended that you call someone who has the proper equipment and know-how to repair the problem.

Call a Professional

While some garage door issue fixes are cosmetic-type problems that could be solved by a homeowner, there are other issues that could potentially harm your car, your home, or even your family if not treated properly and in a timely manner. We recommend a yearly maintenance appointment to ensure all of these issues are taken care of at the first signs of decline. We take pride in our efficiency, timeliness, and ability to perform our job well and keep your home and family safe. Aladdin Doors Kane County is here to take care of any issues you may be having with your garage. We specialize in garage door maintenance, repair, installation, and more.

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