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How to Troubleshoot a Faulty Garage Door Opener

It’s easy to take the convenience of your garage door opener for granted. Like water in the well, you hardly notice it until it suddenly stops working. Fortunately, the repairs for most garage door openers are fairly easy. You can probably troubleshoot the problem yourself. We’re here to help. We repair garage doors and garage door openers in Elk Grove and the Greater Sacramento area. We’re always happy to give free advice. Let’s troubleshoot the problem with your garage door opener.

Power Issues

If the garage door opener doesn’t work when either the remote or the control panel is pressed, odds are it’s a power supply problem. Nine times out of 10, the motor unit has become unplugged. Check the outlet and make sure the cord is still plugged in. Perhaps you’ve blown a fuse. Check the fuse box and make sure all connections are flipped on.

You might also want to check the batteries in the remote of your garage door opener. You’d be surprised how many emergency calls we get on garage door opener repair that turn out to just be a bad battery issue. We always make sure each of our service trucks is stacked with fresh batteries for every repair call we make.

Could It Be a Burned Out Motor?

If you hear the motor clicking or humming, you’ve probably got a burned out motor. You can buy a new motor and have it installed yourself. There are plenty of YouTube videos to walk you through the process of this garage door opener repair. And there’s no shame in calling a professional.

Check the Antenna

If the keypad doesn’t work, try moving close to the door. You may be out of range of the garage door opener. It’s also possible your antenna became damaged by wind or a storm. Check the antenna to see if its upright and still attached. If the wall switch still works, chances are your remote or keypad needs new batteries. This is about the simplest garage door opener repair there is.

Does Your Garage Door Opener Need Reprogrammed?

Many garage door openers need to be reprogrammed following a power outage. Look for the learn button on the opener, usually on the same side as the antenna. You might need to remove the light lens to find it. Press and release the Learn button on the opener. Within 30 seconds, hold the button down on your remote or wall switch for at least 3 seconds, then release. The LED indicator on the garage door will blink if you are successful.

Need any help? Give us a call. We make house calls. We offer 24/7 emergency garage door repair and garage door opener repair for the Elk Grove area.