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What do I do if my garage door won’t open?

A popular issue that plagues homeowners is a garage door that won’t open, even though their opener seems to be on. So what do you do if your garage door isn’t opening and your opener is seemingly trying to lift your door?

Why Won’t Your Garage Door Open?

If your garage door opens but your opener is trying to operate, most likely is your garage door gear. The gear is probably stripped. The solution: replace the gears, or replace your opener. The solution will depend on your situation. If your opener is quite old, it might make sense to replace it. If not, new gears is an easy fix!

The video below is a great example of a stripped gear. The video will show you what it looks like when your garage door gear is stripped. It also lets you hear what this sounds like. This can help you determine if this is the case for your garage door. The general idea though is that your opener will hum and make noise when you press the button, but nothing will happen. The opener motor will be running, but the door won’t move.

How did my gears get stripped?

There are a few things that can cause your gears to strip. In some cases, if your door is too heavy, your gears will strip over time. Making sure your springs are the correct size and your hardware is intact can help prevent a situation that would make your doors strip. You can read more about how the wrong size springs can mess with your door here.

In the video we posted above, you see replacing the opener solved the problem. The LiftMaster chain drive opener was able to lift the weight of the door correctly, which solved the problem. If you go the route of replacing just the gear, keep in mind that if more than one gear was stripped, replacing your garage door opener is the best option.

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