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Summer Storms: What to Do When the Garage Door Won’t Open

A summer storm can be a fun thing to observe and listen to, and the rain is great for the earth. But when storms get serious, they may knock the power out or even cause damage to a garage door. Here is what to do when you go to open the garage door and nothing happens, and who to call if you need garage door repairs.

Troubleshoot the Problem

The first thing that you should do is to troubleshoot the reason behind why the garage door isn’t budging. If there was a storm and the power went out, there is a good chance that the problem (assuming the power is back on) lies in a disruption in the circuit breaker. If this isn’t the case and power supply has nothing to do with your garage door’s lack of opening, check to see if the sensor is blocked (if you are having trouble closing the door), make sure the torsion spring isn’t broken, and consider whether or not the problem could lie in the remote control.

Take Action

Once you have diagnosed the problem, the next step is taking action. If the problem lies in a spring, be careful. Replacing garage door torsion springs is a job that is often best left to the professionals.

If the problem lies in something blocking the sensor, remove the item; if the problem lies in the remote control, try replacing the batteries.

If the power is still out and you need to get your garage door open to leave the house, you will need to do so manually. You can open a garage door manually by pulling on the emergency cord to disconnect the door from the opener. Then, lift the door straight up until it is fully open – if you do not open it all the way, there is a risk that the garage will come crashing back down.

Call a Professional

Some garage door issues are best left to the pros. If you need garage door maintenance, repairs, or even just a problem diagnosis, call the team at Affordable Garage Door, Inc. Our professionals have been serving those in Lake County, Indiana for more than 30 years and have seen everything imaginable when it comes to garage doors.

We know that a summer storm can knock out the power, or even damage your garage door with severe winds. If this is the case, we are ready to serve you. Contact us now for a free quote and fast repairs at 219-696-4279.