Garage Door Not Opening? Here's What to Check


Garage doors are built to be tough. After all, they're providing security for what's probably one of the most valuable things you own: your vehicle. You might even have more than one vehicle in your garage, plus a variety of tools and other equipment that would be expensive to replace.

So, almost always, you'll be glad of how strong that door is. But what if something goes wrong and you can't open it? Suddenly, the beneficial security becomes a real hindrance.

Luckily, there are some ways you can still often gain access. While they might not work all the time, they're worth trying so you don't have to wait for a professional garage door repair service to come out and help you, especially if you're in a hurry and you need your car.

Manual doors

If the key won't turn in the lock, it may have seized up because it needs lubricating. Don't use any liquid lubricants like WD-40, as these will eventually cause more problems as they become sticky. Locks are normally lubricated with graphite, which you can carefully shave off the end of a pencil onto the key. This is often enough to loosen a stuck lock.

When the key is unlocking the door but the handle won't turn, try spraying a liquid lubricant into the sides, avoiding the lock.

If you're able to access the garage from a second door via your house, don't forget to check for an emergency release handle inside.

Electric doors

First and foremost, make sure you have working batteries in your remote. Although it sounds obvious, a lot of people forget to make simple checks like this in a panic. You should also check that there hasn't been a power outage or a blown fuse.

Check the receiver for the remote control signal. Dirt and other obstructions can sometimes cover this, which will stop the remote from working. It's easy to fix this — just give it a wipe! Also, check this sensor for any damage.

If you can access the inside of the garage, you should find an emergency cord near the locking mechanism. This cord will have a handle on it, which, when pulled, will undo the latch and allow you to open the door. Be warned, however, that this might leave your garage door in an unsecured state, so don't use it unless there's someone around to keep an eye on your garage or you have no valuable items inside.


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