Garage Door Opener Busted? Here’s What to Do

What’s wrong with your garage door opener? From our years of providing garage door service to our Elk Grove neighbors, we’ve learned that 9 times out of 10 the problem is remarkably simple. The batteries are dead in the remote. A fuse blew in the garage. The photo eyes are dirty or out of alignment. The transmitter needs reprogrammed. Every once in a while a motor will be burned out or an entire opener needs replaced. We’ve seen it all. Though we can make some suggestions over the phone, if your opener has a serious problem, we’ll need to make a house call to check it out for ourselves.

What to Do

There are a few things you can do on your own. Take a look at your antenna. Is it bent, missing, or out of alignment? This could be your problem. Wash down the antenna eyes with soapy water and see if that does the trick. Check the fuse box. Replace the batteries in your remote.

When You Need a New Opener

If the motor has a grinding sound, chances are you’ll need a new motor. If the opener is more than 10 years old, you might consider installing a new one anyway. Those openers have a lifespan just like anything else. It’s better to install a new one before the old one’s completely burned out so you’re not stuck.