What to Do When Your Garage Door Stops Working

There are a lot of different things that must work together to make your garage door work. If you need a garage door repair, it is usually a process of elimination. Starting with the obvious things and work down the list until you find what makes your door stop working.

There are two necessary parts to a garage door. One is the electric opener, and the other is the door mechanism that includes the door and its panels, the tracks that the door follows up and down, and the wheels that are in the track and attach to the door.

In many homes, the garage door gets used more often than the front door. If it isn’t properly maintained, it can be a huge problem.


One of the tricky things is that there is more than one issue. Some problems are mechanical, and some are the result of installing the wrong-sized motor for the size of your door or other issues with installation. If you don’t know anything about garage door installation, you should call a professional garage door installer in Wichita instead of making bigger issues with DIY installation.

The Door Opener

Many different things can go wrong with the door opener. If it’s just not working, it’s always best to start with the most comfortable checks. Make sure that your opener is getting power, and the breaker hasn’t been thrown. Check to see that it is fully plugged into the outlet. Look to see if any wires have worked loose.

If the opener looks okay, but the door won’t open with the remote, check the remotes’ battery. Remotes are like any other tool that can break. You’re remote in the car and are subject to extreme temperatures, so it is not an uncommon problem to have one fail.

If the opener works with another remote, you might need to replace the broken one. Many of the companies that manufacture garage door openers also make the remote units and offer them separately. If they don’t, a lot of times, there are generic units that can be used.

Many of these generic remotes list what units it will work with if you check the back of the packages. Older units may not have remotes that can be replaced, and you will need to replace the whole group.

The Door Mechanism

If your door is having issues as  it is raised or lowered, you should check the mechanisms that make it work. One noticeable garage door repair is the tracks that the door roll up and down on become clogged with dirt. Use a cleaner to clean the tracks and then use WD-40 to oil the wheels to make sure they are rolling smoothly.

Look for dents or blockage in the tracks and any loose areas of the track. The track is connected to the door trim and ceiling with brackets. Over time these brackets can be loosened by the strain of the door raising and lowering.

Another problem area can be where the wheels attach to the door itself. If it is a wood door, the strain on the screws can force them to wiggle and become loose. To fix it, you might need to use a larger screw or fill the holes and start again.

Bottom Line

Ensure that you know what you can do and what you need someone else who is more experienced to do the job. Please don’t create more problems by doing repairs that you don’t know how to do because you might do them wrong and cause an even bigger problem.