If you’ve been using a garage door openers for a while, you know what an irritating situation it is to suddenly not. If your garage door one day decides it is not going to open, it can be an incredibly frustrating time for you. Most of us assume that a broken door opener means we have to run out and purchase a brand new system. The fact is, however, that this is untrue. While there are some situations in which an entire new system will be necessary, more often one of our garage door parts has been damaged or broken, and merely in need of replacement. So what do you do when your garage door doesn’t open? We’ll discuss with you here.
Are You Mechanically Competent?
Okay guys, it’s time to be entirely honest with yourself: do you know a thing about that Genie garage door opener out there? Do you know the difference between a pulley and a hinge? If not, then it’s probably best that you call a professional in for the job. In reality, even if you happen to be a bit mechanically inclined, it may be a good idea to either find a detailed manual for your particular model, or call in the pros for a second opinion on the problem at hand. Fixing a garage door opener is one thing, but breaking your system further due to a mistake will cost you more in the long run. If you do decide you can handle the job, then the next step is to find the source of the issue and determine what parts you may need.
The great news is that regardless of whether you need a mechanic to determine the problem, you have a say about where your garage door parts are purchased. Like it works with your vehicles, a mechanic may locate a part for you—but you’re not forced to use that particular part, and you could possibly have found that part cheaper. Don’t be afraid to shop around for your parts. Look to the almighty web to find affordable parts and avoid the haggling you may get from a mechanic. Hinges, tracks, brackets, pulleys, locks, rollers, and many other goodies are available on the internet to suit your needs. Once you have those pieces in hand, either give them to your mechanic or start working your magic!
Whether you have a Genie garage door opener, a Craftsman garage door opener—or any other for that matter, understand that a small fix can be precisely just that. If you find yourself in a situation where your garage door refuses to open, feel free to let those swear words roll—but don’t even consider purchasing a whole new system until you or someone else gets at the root of the problem!