What To Do When Your Garage Door Won't Work

Your garage door is one of the things you may have come to count on to work for you without any problems. That is, until you go out to the garage one day and get in your car to leave, only to find that you can't get it to open. This can be a big problem if you were on your way to somewhere important, such as to work. If you find yourself in this position, then you want to try to figure it out on your own, so you can get on your way. Here are some of the steps you want to take to try to troubleshoot your stuck garage door for yourself:

Check the power

Some states have recently implemented laws stating that new garage doors must have battery backups. This law has been implemented in some states due to the risk of being stuck in the garage during an emergency, such as a fire, without a way out should the power go out. However, if you have a garage door that was installed before this law or are in a state that doesn't have this law, then you want to make sure the fuse for the part of the house that also powers the garage door hasn't been tripped. If so, then resetting the fuse will get the garage door opening and closing as it should.

Check the batteries and remote

If you get caught outside of the garage and the door won't open, then you'll want to make sure the batteries in the remote aren't dead. If you can go in the garage and get the garage door to open and close with the button on the wall, then it is likely that the problem is the batteries in the remote. Or, it could also be that you need to have the code reset. In some cases, it may even be that you need to replace the garage door remote completely.

Make sure to check for ice

If the temperature has reached below freezing, then you want to make sure the garage door isn't stuck shut due to ice. If you do find that ice is the issue, then this is a quick and easy fix in most cases. All you have to do is take a large bowl or two of hot water and pour it slowly along the bottom of the door where it makes contact with the ground and you should find the garage door will open again without a problem.


If you can't figure out why your garage door isn't working and the problems above aren't the issue, then you want to have someone come out for the garage door repair. They will be able to figure out what's going on and fix the problem for you.