The power blinks off right when you are ready to head out the door for work. You always park your car safely in the garage, but without electricity, you’re stuck. The good news is you can disengage your garage door and open it and close it manually. However, when the lights turn back on, you’ll need to know how to get the door and the motor reconnected.
It’s true, there are a few differences between each brand and model, but it doesn’t matter if you have a Liftmaster, Craftsman or Genie the process is pretty consistent.
Garage doors are typically the largest moving objects in the home, weighing up to 1,000 pounds. That means they can lead to serious — even fatal — injuries if they aren’t properly cared for and maintained.
What types of problems should you be looking out for? Here are five common garage door problems you should know how to recognize, as well as some tips on repairs or replacement:
If your automatic garage doors are sticky or creaking, it’s possible you can get away with a simple garage door repair service. You might even be able to solve the problem yourself by using a light household oil on the tracks, hinges, rollers and springs (don’t use a petroleum-based product or get lubricant on the opener itself).
You probably open and close your garage door (or doors) several times a day; a recent nationwide consumer survey concluded that 71% of homeowners access their homes using garage door openers daily.