Get back on the road with garage door repair
You’ve packed up the car, and you’re headed out for a day at Lake Travis. Sunscreen, sandwiches and plenty of ice are all packed away in the trunk. Everybody piles into the car, you press the garage door opener button, and nothing happens. This scene plays out more than you might think, but don’t panic. There are quite a few problems with your garage door that you can fix on your own.
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If you have the owner’s manual for your garage door opener still hanging around, that’s often the best place to start. There is likely a series of flashing lights that may diagnose your problem straight away. For instance, many openers will flash once if the electronic eye sensors are not aligned at the base of the garage door. Pushing them gently back into alignment can allow the door to open again. Each manufacturer is different, of course, so you’ll have to do a little research to understand what your opener is trying to tell you.
Also check to make sure that you have not accidentally locked the door with an inadvertent push of a button. Many newer openers have a lock mechanism that can be activated with the remote. If you’re feeling around for the button above your head on the visor, it’s entirely possible you can accidentally activate this feature.
Finally, check the track and chain; an obstruction anywhere in the system can be stopping the door from opening. Making sure the mechanics can work properly and that the track is clear will keep your door opening. If these suggestions have not solved your problem, Angie’s List can help you find the most highly recommended garage door repair companies in Austin to get your door opening and get you back on the road.