You may not realize just how much you rely on your garage door opener until it breaks. One morning you walk out to the garage and press the button, climb in the car and buckle up, then you turn around and the door is still closed. Without a working garage door opener you would actually have to get out of the car and open it yourself, then get out again and close it. That takes time and can ruin a commute to work. So, its time to get that garage door opener fixed.
Most of the time the problem is just going to be a lack of maintenance or a loss of power. If the power is the problem, you can still pull the release rope and lift the door manually until the power returns. But like any other appliance the garage door opener is an electric motor, one that is often never maintained to prevent a problem. It might be time to do that now that it’s not working.
You should inspect the hinge rollers and see if they are dirty or otherwise sticking. If necessary, remove them and clean them with a degreaser. Kerosene can also be used, but try the degreaser first. Always replace one roller before you remove another. If you neglect to do this, you’ll ultimately end up with a larger problem. Twice yearly you should also lubricate the roller bearings and shaft. Use a lightweight oil so that it won’t end up making the rollers stick and they will slide easily. You should also remove any debris at this time.
Check the door lock break just as often and adjust it if necessary. To do this, simply loosen the screws and move the guide bracket as needed then make sure all the screws are re-tightened. Door operation should be checked often to make sure that it is moving smoothly and uniformly. If the track gets misaligned and the movement is not smooth, loosen the mounting screws and use a mallet to guide the track back into place. This should fix just about any problem with your garage door opener. If it doesn’t, try checking the owner’s manual for any problems that might be specific to that brand.